Angélique Kidjo Unveiled As Ambassador of the 4th Edition of the Nollywood Week Festival

By Ikenga Chronicles May 5, 2016

Angélique Kidjo Unveiled As Ambassador of the 4th Edition of the Nollywood Week Festival


From Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2016, the Nollywood Week festival will take up residence at the Arlequin cinema in Saint Germain des Prés (75006). Supported by the internationally renowned Beninese musician, Angélique Kidjo, the 4th edition of Nollywood Week (2016) is set to be a celebration of diversity.

The festival will be a unique opportunity for those in Paris to enjoy the singer’s most recent cinematic work, with an advance screening of Kunle Afolayan’s film “The CEO”. Angélique Kidjo, who a few months ago received a Grammy Award for her latest album, now publicly showcases a masterly interpretation of Dr Zimmerman, a starring role tailor-made for this global icon who never ceases to surprise us.

“The CEO” offers viewers an eclectic and Pan-African cast with actors from Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa, Kenya and the Ivory Coast allowing this film to paint an unusually authentic portrait of the continent today.

Scheduled to open the festival, “The CEO” is an eagerly awaited production. The entire team behind the film will be there to enjoy a privileged moment of interaction with the audience following the screening. Produced by Kunle Afolayan, “The CEO” is the story of five African executives from a multinational telecommunications firm who find themselves at a seaside resort near Lagos in Nigeria for a seminar intended to result in the appointment of a new CEO. Things take an unexpected turn when they begin to mysteriously disappear one by one. Soon the remaining two executives become prime suspects, with the threat of a death sentence for multiple homicide hanging over them.

The film features such casts as Lala Akindoju, Hilda Dokubo, Aurélie Eliam, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Angélique Kidjo, Wale Ojo, Peter King Nzioki, Fatym Layachi, Nico Panagiotopoulos. Produced in partnership with Air France–itself an official partner of the Nollywood Week festival– the film is due to be officially released in Africa, in July, 2016.

Nollywood Week is the only event in Paris enabling the public to discover the full richness of Nigerian cinema. A real window on Africa and its cinematic creativity, Nollywood Week is a 4-day experience allowing festival-goers to enjoy a curated film selection, musical performances as well as talks and workshops all devoted to the world of African cinema.

The Nollywood Week festival concludes with the customary presentation of the Nollywood Public Choice Award, which goes to the greatest talents in West African cinema. The festival is a project run by the Okada Media association and supported by Total, Air France and Paris City Council.