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Kunle Afolayan's Romantic-Comedy "Phone Swap" To See Theatrical Releases In Nigeria & Ghana (Trailer)

by Emmanuel Akitobi
March 23, 2012 9:35 PM
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Director Kunle Afolayan's romantic-comedy Phone Swap-- which S&A recently announced has been nominated for multiple Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)-- will be seeing theatrical releases in the next few weeks in both Nigeria and Ghana.

Afolayan's film stars Nigerian-British stage/film vet Wale Ojo (Meet The Adebanjos) and the very lovely Nse Ikpe-Etim (Guilty Pleasures) in the lead roles.

Check out the synopsis for Phone Swap:

Akin and Mary meet for the first time at an airport where they accidentally bump into each other and mistakenly swap their identical Blackberry phones.  This leads to a destination mix up after they receive one another’s text regarding a travel destination.  Consequently, Akin ends up traveling to where Mary is supposed to go and vice versa.
Neither knows about the swap until they have reached their opposite destinations and “the phone” stops ringing (In Mary’s case) and “Won’t stop ringing” (In Akin’s case) .
As a result of the phone swap, they agree to help carry out each other’s missions, armed with the information and data on each other’s phone.
But it’s not as easy as they both think as new obstacles and complications rise at every turn as they both struggle to adapt to their alien environment and situation.  Mary has to walk in Akin's shoes and represent him in a company meeting while Akin has to represent Mary in her family meeting. This they do with hilarious results…


Phone Swap will be released in the Nigerian cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Uyo on March 30.

Audiences in Accra, Ghana will get to see Phone Swap on April 5.

Judging by the trailers below, this doesn't appear to be your typical shot-on-video Nollywood picture.  I can't wait for this to either make it to screens here in the U.S., or become available for streaming/ DVD purchase.

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  • anon | March 28, 2012 11:10 AMReply

    nollywood films have stepped their game up now the video camera days are long gone they have proper studios now. I'm telling you nollwood and gollywood will have leapfrogged over black hollywood in the next decade and you guys will be BEGGING to be apart of it- just you wait!
    Instead of them insisting in being acknowldeged in the west they are creating their OWN stories maybe food for thought or aa's huh?

  • Thom | March 28, 2012 11:35 AM

    Shut up. There's no rivalry between Africans and Black Americans. Stop trying to start it.

  • Kenya | March 25, 2012 9:48 PMReply

    I HAVE to see this movie. I don't even normally like Nollywood (I grew up around it and found it unbearable) but this premise is so relatable and the production values look amazing (again for Nollywood). Keep up posted?

  • Geneva Girl | March 24, 2012 3:50 AMReply

    The Blackberry credit at the end is killing me. Cute premise, needs better lighting. I can see this being remade in the Hollywood.

  • Pooter | March 24, 2012 9:11 AM

    The second trailer shows much better lighting.

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