Kunle Afolayan’s Movie, Anikulapo, ranks No. 1 Globally on Netflix

Kunle Afolayan’s Movie, Anikulapo, ranks No. 1 Globally on Netflix


Samuel Agbelusi

Popular Nigerian movie Anikulapo, directed by one of the country’s brightest moviemakers Kunle Afolayan, has attained a new milestone as it ranked No.1 globally on the streaming platform, Netflix.

The movie broke new ground on the international scene eleven days after its release.

At the moment, Anikulapo is topping the Netflix global chart as the most viewed Non-English Netflix original, with 8,730,000 views in less than a week
Commenting on the feat of the movie, Kunle Afolayan disclosed via his Facebook page while appreciating movie lovers for the new feat that it is a big win for Nigerians and Nollywood as it promotes the country’s cultural heritage, which is now in the spotlight.

The post reads, “Since its release 11 days ago, Anikulapo – a Netflix original produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan has been the talk of the town and it is currently topping the Netflix global chart as most viewed Non-English Netflix original with 8,730,000 views in less than 2 weeks.

“While this is being celebrated by Nigerians at home and abroad, the acceptability of it from people around the world with different cultural backgrounds and beliefs proves beyond words that Anikulapo tells a universal story that every human across the world can relate to. It is also noteworthy to state that the movie in a great way creates inclusiveness of both male and female character traits, bringing to light the fine thin line between lust and love, hate and resentment, illusion etc.”

The Yoruba culture heavily thrives on folklore, folksongs, proverbs, legends, and tradition. The movie Anikulapo would be void of the complete Yoruba essence if songs that connect to the deep roots of the culture were left out.”

Anikulapo is a Yoruba traditional epic set when the Ọ̀yọ́ empire reign dominated Yoruba land. With this latest Netflix entry, Kunle Afolayan transports us back in time with a story inspired by the Ifá mythology, a true and proper display of culture.

The movie was released on 30 September 2022


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