By Olaitan Ganiu
Daughter of Nigerian billionaire, Temi Otedola, has rejoined her family after spending weeks on the movie set of Kunle Afolayan’s forthcoming movie, ‘Citation’.
Temi, a fashion entrepreneur will appear in the movie playing her first role as an actress.
Her sister, Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy, announced her return via Twitter on Wednesday
“My baby is finally back home from shooting her debut film! Welcome @JTOfashion. Can’t wait to watch #CitationTheMovie!!!”
Temi also took to Instagram to share a picture where she is spotted on the beach. In the image, she dressed in a purple t-shirt on a white bum short.
“I haven’t even slept in my own bed this year,” she captioned.
She had reportedly expressed that her father didn’t influence getting the lead role. According to her, she has been longing for a movie role before ‘Citation’ opened.
“I have been watching Mr Afolayan’s films for a long time,” said the graduate of History of Art from the University of London.
For a whole month, I had to audition because he wasn’t sure. For about six months, we discussed the role and I’m so honoured and humbled to be given this opportunity.”
On his part, the award-winning actor, producer and director revealed he decided to work with the fashionista because she is enterprising.
“Whenever I scroll through her social media pages, I used to wonder at how energetic and enterprising she is,” he said.
“Then, when I saw her on a CNN programme, her talent seeped through and I knew I would like to work with her. Here we are now.”
Afolayan, through his project has featured upcoming actors, forgotten heroes and musicians. His last movie, ‘Mokalik’ features singer Simisola Ogunleye, aka Simi, Big Brother Naija ex-housemate, Tobi Bakre, Noble Igwe among other actors. He has previous worked with Simi’s husband, Adekunle Gold.
On while he usually cast veteran actors in his movie production, Afolayan he likes to make use of the actors the world has rejected
“Because acting does not have retirement age. So why should we relegate some to compulsory retirement? For me, I like to go for talent and not the popular big names.”