Movie Review: Kunle Afolayan’s THE CEO


The anticipation and hype leading to the cinema premier of Kunle Afolyan’s latest movie “THE CEO” is finally over. The movie premiered in cinemas on the 16th of July, 2016 across cinemas nation-wide.

Recall that Kunle took the game a notch higher when he had a first-of-its-kind premiere of The CEO aboard Air France to Paris, France. on the 1st of July, 2016.


The CEO has been described as a PAN African movie by pundits as it was shot in five African countries.

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Synopsis:  The CEO tells the story of five top executives  of Trans wire a multinational telecoms company who are selected to attend a retreat in order to determine who will become the company’s new CEO in Nigeria,  however, things take a strange and frightening turn when, the executives start to die one-after the other.

Director: Kunle Afolayan

Screenplay/ Writer: Tunde Babalola

Production Company: GOLDEN EFFECT

Starring: Angelique Kidjo, Wale Ojo,Lala Akindoju, Hilda Dokubo, Fatym Layachi, Nico Panagio, Auriele Eliam, Peter King and Adekunle Gold.

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Availability: Cinemas

Cinematography: It is an absolute delight to watch how Kunle captures the beauty of these African countries. He brings to life the richness and uniqueness of Africa to the rest of the world. It lives you wondering how much technicality must have gone into achieving this absolutely brilliant art of work by the Director.

Kunle has definitely dropped another game changer for Nollywood with the cinematography in this movie.

Acting/ Characterisation: The cast for this movie no doubt were properly screened before getting their various roles. They all brought their A-Game to the table on this one and lived up to the expectation. Well, except for  Fatym Layachi who played Yasmin one of the executives whose acting wasn’t that convincing.

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Angelique Kidjo delivered her role as the Dr. Zimmerman effortlessly and this movie is definitely opening more doors for her acting career.

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Story line and Development/ Dialogue: In terms of story line and development I wouldn’t saw it was quite fantastic but there is definitely a lesson(s) that viewers can take away from this movie.

The dialogue was really good and the actores flowed along well, despite their various backgrounds.

Other aspect of the movie such as lighting, sound/audio, editing, music and costumes were properly handled and I must say it goes to show how far Nollywood movies have come.

*This review intentionally left out the plot of the movie to avoid feeding you spoilers.

In all, we give THE CEO a solid 8/10.

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