Talented Nigerian singer, Niyola has made her acting debut in Kunle Afolayan’s newly released movie titled “Swallow” which will premiere on Netflix on October 1st, 2021.
Making the announcement on her Instagram page moments ago, Niyola wrote “I am so excited to finally share this with you !!!!!. It was such a beautiful experience working with @kapmotionpictures My first feature film, a Netflix original directed by Kunle Afolayan lands OCTOBER 1ST on NETFLIX. I still can’t believe it!”
She further wrote “I play the lead role of Tolani Ajao – a bright-eyed young woman who tries to make it in the obstacle-ridden Lagos alongside brilliant actors Ijeoma Grace Agu (as Rose), Deyemi Okanlanwon (as Sanwo), Eniola Badmus (as Mrs Durojaiye), Chioma Akpotha (as Mama Chidi), Kevin Ikeduba (as OC), Offiong Anthony Edet (as Johnny) and veteran Olusegun Remi (as Mr Salako) round out the stellar cast list.
Swallow is a film adaptation of Sefi Atta‘s best-selling novel. I absolutely loved every bit of working on this project, and I can’t wait for you to see it . Yay! Your girl is now an actor”
In another post, Niyola wrote “I want to tell the entire story but, NERVES!!!!! I am super thankful to @kunleafo for choosing me to play this role and for pushing me to see beyond my own sight. I enjoyed every bit of it!!! The entire cast and crew were so kind and warm. Thank you!!!!!!!!!! I am over the moon and can’t wait for you to meet Tolani. October 1 Save the date!”
Kunle Afolayan is a main stage performer, so it comes as no surprise that his next film will be released on a date that holds meaning for Nigerians. With a screenplay by Sefi Atta and Kunle Afolayan, Swallow will arrive on Netflix on October 1st – Independence day.
This is the first film from Kunle Afolayan’s multi-title Netflix slate and 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. In Swallow, Kunle Afolayan opts for a retro film look that pays perfect homage to a nostalgic past and this cinematic masterpiece will take viewers on a memorable ride.
Kunle Afolayan’s Swallow gives a feature film debut to musician Eniola ‘Niyola‘ Akinbo in the lead role of Tolani Ajao – a bright-eyed young woman who tries to make it in the obstacle ridden Lagos. Brilliant actors Ijeoma Grace Agu (as Rose), Deyemi Okanlanwon (as Sanwo), Eniola Badmus (as Mrs Durojaiye), Chioma Akpotha (as Mama Chidi), Kevin Ikeduba (as OC), Offiong Anthony Edet (as Johnny) and veteran Olusegun Remi (as Mr Salako) round out the stellar cast list.
“Swallow” is a film adaptation of Sefi Atta‘s best-selling novel. Director Kunle Afolayan explains how he approached making the film “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”.