When discussing a wonderful film, the question “who produced it?” usually comes up. three different people Kunle Afolayan, Toyin Abraham, and Charles Okpaleke, known for their particular storytelling style, have all contributed to the advancement of the Nollywood industry through their artistic expressions.
The answer to the question of what all three have in common is not far-fetched: they have always done things their own way, which has not gone unnoticed given their recent partnership with a grandmaster of workmanship, the Balvenie.
The Balvenie, as a brand that embodies mastery in itself, applauds the spirit of passion and craftsmanship in creative individuals who share this zeal and has consistently demonstrated dedication to commemorating and rewarding recognizable uncommon craft among the world’s artistic and passionate people.
Meet the Creators
Kunle Afolayan, one of Nigeria’s most well-known producers, has been a dominant force in the Nigerian film industry for over 23 years as an actor, director, producer, and writer. His tenacity and drive have assisted him in becoming one of the most influential directors, and he is well-known for introducing Nigerians to the golden age of cinema through his distinct works.
Every product from his stables has been a unique blend of skill and pure imagination, capturing the spirit of The Balvenie Makers. When questioned about the secret to his success in the film industry, he replied,
You can always define and design your own path to success in every aspect of life; focus, discipline and consistency is key, when you leverage your uniqueness, mastery ensues– and this is what the maker’s project is about.
Charles Okpaleke founded Play Management, an award-winning production business that has worked on several recent Nollywood films, including Breaking Free and Living in Bondage. Charles is a talent manager who has a flair for discovering and managing various unusual and creative people who have gone on to establish names for themselves in the industry. He thinks that success is never a linear process and that it comes when brilliance is backed up by devotion and hard effort.
During the last edition of the Balvenie Makers event in Lagos, He said
there is no customized path to success, each person has a uniqueness that is borne out of the individual mindset and attitude to put in the work; the mastery you see is the result of what happens behind-the-scenes and it shows in your output.
Toyin Abraham is an actress and filmmaker who debuted in 2003 and has since become a household figure in the indigenous Yoruba cinema industry. Toyin has won multiple honors in comedy for her satirical plots and is one of the top faces of the Yoruba film industry, having appeared in award-winning films such as Alakada, King of Thieves, and The Therapist, to name a few. Toyin feels that mastery is about maintaining peak heights and adhering to due process, which is one of the Balvenie ideals.
The Maker’s Project portrays the enthusiasm and self-assurance that are fundamental components of The Balvenie. Its Makers can highlight the notably human distinction established when Makers invest their souls into their work through this shared excitement process.
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