18th September, 2021
Streaming giant, Netflix has debuted the official trailer for the Kunle Afolayan directed screen adaptation of Sefi Atta’s 2010 novel ‘Swallow’.
With a screenplay by Sefi Atta and Kunle Afolayan, Swallow will arrive on Netflix on October 1st, Independence day.
In the lead role for the Afolayan produced film is RnB singer Eniola Akinbo popularly known as Niyola– a bright-eyed young woman who tries to make it in the obstacle-ridden Lagos.
Niyola stars alongside Ijeoma Grace Agu, Chioma Akpotha, Deyemi Okanlawon, Omotunde Adebowale, Eniola Badmus, Mercy Aigbe, Kelvin Ikeduba, Joke Muyiwa, BBNaija reality star Thin Tall Tony and Olusegun Akinremi.
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.
Director Kunle Afolayan explains how he approached making the film, he said: “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.”