Although you may believe you know everything there is to know about Kunle Afolayan’s Ìjogbon, this post will list six facts you didn’t know about it.
Ìjogbon, Kunle Afolayan’s newest coming-of-age drama, is currently the talk of the town. The film premiered on Netflix on October 13, 2023, to acclaim from both fans and reviewers. Tunde Babalola wrote it, and it stars Gabriel Afolayan, Yemi Solade, Adunni Ade, Dorathy Bachelor, Femi Branch, Yemi Sodimu, Bimbo Manuel, and Sam Dede, among others.
Further, Ìjogbon follows four teenagers from a remote village in south-west Nigeria. These teenagers discovered a pouch of diamonds in an unexpected manner. But rather than return the diamonds to their rightful owners they chose to keep them. They succeed in selling the diamonds, buy valuable stuff with the proceedings and plan to “japa” to overseas. This decision puts them in trouble as they have to navigate some perilous events.
Below are 6 interesting facts you didn’t know about Ìjogbon.
- Ìjogbon is a multilingual film, featuring six languages: English, Yoruba, Mandarin, Igbo, Igbirra, French, and the local Beninois language.
- Ebiesuwa Oluwaseyi (Ranti), an alumnus of Kap Film and Television Academy, Jamie Lee (Ming Ho), a trader and Aisha Alabi (Latifah), a US based youtuber, all made their acting debut with Ìjogbon.
- Ìjogbon was filmed in four locations: Bab’ode, Komu, Ibadan, and Igbojaye.
- The story of Ìjogbon was directly inspired by its unique location, specifically the Church in Komu and the mining site near the Cotonou border on the outskirts of Komu.
- While the actual filming of Ìjogbon took just 21 days, it required an extensive three-month pre-production phase to prepare.
- It is part of the three movies agreement signed by Kunle Afolayan with Netflix.
You can watch Ìjogbon exclusively on Netflix.