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“Anikulapo: Rise of the spectre” premieres in Lagos, sets stage for global debut on Netflix



"Anikulapo: Rise of the spectre" premieres in Lagos, sets stage for global debut on Netflix

“Anikulapo: Rise of the spectre” premieres in Lagos, sets stage for global debut on Netflix


In a dazzling display of cinematic prowess, the eagerly anticipated Nollywood series, “Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre,” descended upon Lagos with its grand premiere at the prestigious Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, heralding the dawn of a new era in African storytelling. The event, a star-studded affair adorned with the presence of luminaries from Nigeria’s entertainment realm, showcased the culmination of years of dedication and creative ingenuity.

Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre,” a riveting spinoff from the acclaimed movie “Anikulapo,” unfurls its narrative tapestry with a promise of intrigue, suspense, and cinematic brilliance. Directed and produced by the visionary Kunle Afolayan, the series embarks on a journey that transcends time and space, weaving a tale of ambition, betrayal, and the quest for supremacy.

Amidst a gathering teeming with excitement, Kunle Afolayan, the mastermind behind the series, expressed profound gratitude to all who contributed to its realization. “Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre” epitomizes a labor of love, a creative odyssey eight years in the making. Afolayan’s heartfelt acknowledgment extended to the divine, the cast, crew, and unwavering supporters whose collective efforts breathed life into the project.

At the heart of “Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre” lies a narrative continuum, picking up the threads of its predecessor to delve deeper into the intricate web of Saro’s life and the enigmatic Akala. Portrayed by the talented Kunle Remi, Saro’s journey unfolds against a backdrop of treachery, vengeance, and the relentless pursuit of power. The resurgence of Akala, though shrouded in mystery, heralds ominous tidings, setting the stage for an epic confrontation that will reverberate across generations.

The series, a sprawling epic filmed at the Kunle Afolayan Production (KAP) Film Village in Komu-Igbojaye, Oyo State, stands as a testament to Nigeria’s burgeoning film industry’s capabilities. With a cast and crew numbering 600 individuals, “Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre” embodies the collaborative spirit and creative zeal that defines Nollywood’s ascendancy on the global stage.

Guiding the audience through the evening’s festivities was the irrepressible Gbenga Adeyinka, whose infectious energy and comedic flair infused the premiere with an aura of joviality. Among the luminaries gracing the occasion were esteemed actors such as Lateef Adedimeji, Bimbo Ademoye, Femi Adebayo, Monalisa Chinda, Jaiye Kuti, Sola Sobowale, Taiwo Hassan, and Gabriel Afolayan, lending their star power to an event brimming with anticipation.

As the curtains drew close on the premiere, the stage was set for “Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre” to captivate audiences worldwide, with its global debut slated for March 1 on the streaming giant Netflix. Embarking on a journey that transcends borders, cultures, and conventions, the series stands poised to enthrall viewers with its gripping narrative, stellar performances, and visual splendor.

In the annals of Nigerian cinema, “Anikulapo: Rise of the Spectre” emerges as a beacon of creativity, a testament to the boundless potential of African storytelling to captivate, inspire, and transcend. With its triumphant premiere in Lagos, the stage is now set for a global odyssey that will redefine the contours of African entertainment on the world stage.