Ex-OAU student accuses filmmaker, Afolayan, of stealing ‘Citation’ story

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A former student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has written a pre-litigation letter to film producer and director, Kunle Afolayan, accusing him of profiting from her experience at the school by making it into a Netflix movie titled, ‘Citation’ and failing to give her credit.

The ex-student, Mrs. Utitofon Ekanem, who was Miss Utitofon Hanson at the time, said that she endured sexual harassment from an associate professor at the Political Science Department, Dr. Sunday Akindele between 2004 and 2007.

She said Akindele was subsequently dismissed by the school authorities while she was celebrated as the first student in the history of the school to get a lecturer dismissed for sexual harassment.

When contacted on the telephone, however, Afolayan said that Ekanem’s allegations were baseless, adding that he had never spoken to her before.

The popular director said the story was written by screenwriter, Tunde Babalola, and the entire script was conceived barely two years ago hence his decision to ignore Ekanem’s letter. He said she was free to go to court.

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