‘I’m sure Nigerian movies will win Oscars soon’ – Charles of Play

By Eniola Akinkuotu
Posted on Friday, 16 September 2022 08:45, updated on Saturday, 17 September 2022 09:49

Charles Okpaleke
Charles Okpaleke [Instagram/charlesofplay]

Charles Okpaleke is popularly known as Charles of Play. A filmmaker and nightclub owner who once wanted to be a Roman Catholic priest, he is bringing Nigeria's stories to the world. And he is convinced the tidal wave of youth talent in Nigerian film-making will bring international recognition, with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon bringing the cash to realise bigger and better productions.

On 25 October 1993, at the height of the 12 June protests in Nigeria, four youths hijacked a passenger plane in order to force the government to recognise MKO Abiola as the president-elect of the country. The four boys – Benneth Oluwadaisi, Kenny Razak Lawal, Kabir Adenuga and Richard Ogunderu – diverted the Abuja-bound plane to Niger Republic, holding all passengers hostage with a toy gun for three days until they were arrested by Nigerien authorities.