Celebrated and highly accomplished Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan as been listed as one of the panellists to speak on copyright protection, at a United Nations event.
The panel slated to hold on the 13 and 14th Nov 2017, will be a week-long negotiation between UN Member states diplomats, on overcoming copyright challenges worldwide.
Afolayan will be speaking on the challenges and opportunities that abound in the Nigeria movie industry.
The panel is aimed at giving filmmakers, an opportunity to explain to these decision makers what they (producers and directors) need, to set up the right kind of legal infrastructure for filmmaking business.
Afolayan will speak alongside Lagos-based copyright lawyer, Bankole Sodipo, who heads a pan-African film sales agency (DIFFA).
This invitation comes after Nigeria, recently presented four key Copyright ratified Treaties, to the Assembly of member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization, to aid the fight against piracy.
Afolayan’s 2016 Pan-African film, The “CEO” which stars Wale Ojo, Hilda Dokubo, Angelique Kidjo among others, will also screen for the diplomats and delegates at the event.
Speaking to newsmen on the deveopment, he said “I feel honored to have been invited to such as it’s a good call. This will give room for the issue of piracy to be discussed, addressed and dealt with on a global scale,”.
“And I feel super excited that our film the CEO would be screen to such dignitaries,” he added.
It is on record that the Nigeria entertainment industry has been bedevilled with the issue of piracy since inception with no hope in sight.
This issue made many movie producers, to start producing first for cinemas before releasing them into DVD for the general market. Sadly, it is still unable to curb piracy to the nearest minimum, because movies such as The CEO”, “The Wedding Party” “Jenifa’s Diary” to mention a few still got pirated costing their producers millions of money.
Kunle Afolayan is a filmmaker popular for films such as “The Figurine,” “Phone Swap,” “Irapada,” “Omugwo,” “Tribunal” and “Roti.”