Afolayan’s new film is an adaptation of Sefi Atta’s best-selling novel, which has Afolayan as the director.
With a screenplay by Sefi Atta and Kunle Afolayan, Swallow will feature Ijeoma Grace Agu, Deyemi Okanlawon, Eniola Badmus, Chioma Akpotha, Kevin Ikeduba, Offiong Anthony Edet, and Olusegun Remi amongst others.
Swallow, The Nation gathered, is the first film from Kunle Afolayan’s multi-title Netflix slate.
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The drama-thriller explores the burgeoning drug trafficking trade, set against a backdrop of 1980s Lagos, struggling under the weight of austerity measures and the infamous War Against Indiscipline.
Speaking on the book, Afolayan said: “This is the very first book I am making into a movie. Once I read the book, I had to decide on what aspect of the book I wanted to focus on and whose perspective I wanted to share based on the story because Swallow as a book focused on the life of Tolani’s mother and Tolani herself. Once that was sorted every other thing was put in place.”