Simi, Tobi Bakre, others attend Canon private press screening of Kunle Afolayan’s Mokalik

Simi Tobi Bakre Kunle Afolayan Canon Mokalik

A private press screening of Kunle Afolayan’s latest movie, Mokalik (Mechanic), was held on Tuesday in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Among the cast of the film present at the screening were singer, Simi; former Big Brother Naija housemate, Tobi Bakre, and Damilola Ogunwusi.

Shot on Canon EOS C300 Mark II, with a range of Canon Cine lenses, Mokalik is an intriguing story of love and ambition told in a typical Nigerian mechanic workshop. 

It is Simi’s first appearance in a feature film.

Other actors include Femi Adebayo, Charles Okocha, Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji, Wale Akorede (Okunu), Ayo Ogunshina (Papa Lolo) and Dayo Akinpelu (Alabi Yellow).

Kunle’s nephew, Tooni Afolayan, is introduced to Nollywood as Ponmile, an 11-year-old from the middle-class suburbs who spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop to experience the other side life.

When his father arrives to take him home, Ponmile has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school or take on his apprenticeship full time.

The private press screening which had Canon showcasing a range of professional new cameras and lenses such as the CN-E14mm, CN-E24mm, CN-E35mm, CN-E50mm, CN-E85mm and CN-E135mm among others was graced by exclusive guests from the media and the film industry.

Speaking at the screening, Kunle said: “Mokalik is an ambitious film project that tells a story which is unique and relevant to our society.

“It beautifully highlights diversity while distinctively addressing the issues around choice.

“Creating this movie has been an amazing experience and Canon made the experience even better with their support.

“The Canon EOS C300 Mark II – Stunning 4K quality and versatility allowed me as a producer to experience creative vision in stunning cinematic details and provides footage suitable for extensive post-production work.

“The EOS C300 Mark II with canon cine lenses range also helped the team to technically get one step ahead and create a world-class movie which promises to break boundaries.”

Senior sales and marketing manager – B2C, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), Amine Djouahra, said the technical brilliance witnessed in Mokalik is a testament to Canon’s pioneering vision in the realm of serious cinema production.

“At Canon, we are constantly seeking to connect with the filmmaking community, especially Nollywood as it allows us to become a part of one of the largest film industries globally.

“The technical brilliance witnessed in this movie is testament to Canon’s pioneering vision in the realm of serious cinema production, we are glad to be a part of this bold new technology that helps to make amazing projects like the Mokalik possible,” Djouahra said.