The Netflix original Citation by Kunle Afolayan bags its first international award. The movie won the ‘best international film’ category of the just concluded National film festival in the United Kingdom.
The Nigerian film was released in October 2020, starring Temi Otedola, Bukunmi Oluwashina, Gabriel Afolayan and a host of others. The drama follows a young University student embroiled in a sexual assault scandal involving her lecturer.
The award was received by the film’s leads Jimmy Jean Louis and Temi Otedola. The 27-category awards saw other awards including Jude Law who won Best Actor for his ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ and Lily Collins in the Best Actress in a TV series for ‘Emily in Paris’.
Afolayan excited about the win, shared a heartfelt post on Instagram, expressing how unexpected the award came. The drama follows a young University student embroiled in a sexual assault scandal involving her lecturer, and how she was able to get justice.
“Two days ago in London, Citation won Best International Film. The Director – Kunle Afolayan and the entire production team didn’t see the award coming and are grateful for the support and recognition of the public and the organizers. In Kunle Afolayan’s words ‘I am glad we got recognized without even lobbying.
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The National Film Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of established and independent filmmakers, actors, actresses, casting directors, production companies, and crew who make up the motion picture industry.
The National Film Awards holds 4 events annually in the United Kingdom, USA, South America, Africa, and Australia. All nominations and voting for the NFA are submitted and voted for by movie fans. The NFA is produced by the National Film Academy which also produces the new National Film Festival.”