‘Mokalik’ follows the career of an 11-year-old boy, Ponmile, who’s from the middle-class suburbs who spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop in order to view life from the other side of the tracks. When his father arrives and sets to take him home; Ponmile Now has to decide if he wants to return to school or take on his apprenticeship full time.
Mokalik joins the growing list of Nollywood movies on Netflix.
“Visiting the mechanic workshop after about 15 years opened my eyes to a lot of things that I believe the world should know about our local auto car repairs industry,” Afolayan had said of the movie.
The movie was also picked as a Netflix Original movie and was released worldwide on January 4, 2019. However, Afolayan did not disclose the value paid for the acquisition. He added that the company has not announced when the films would be released on the platform.
Reportedly, Afolayan has also partnered with Air France to have Mokalik and his other films on platforms like French premium television channel, Canal+.
The movie also has popular singer Simisola Ogunleye and former Big Brother Naija housemate Tobi Bakre.
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Explaining his reason for casting them, Afolayan said, “Tobi is a natural talent and I have always seen that in him, so I decided to cast him for the role. Simi’s part was not originally in my head until the writer, Tunde Babalola wrote her character into the film. I had always imagined a Simi in that role and she was able to pull it off.”
Cast: Simi, Femi Adebayo, Faithia Balogun, Ayo Adesanya, Charles Okocha, Dayo Akinpele, Lateef Adedimeji, Ayo Ogunshina
Filesize: 407 MB
Audio Language: Yoruba
Release date: 31 May 2019 (Nigeria)
Director: Kunle Afolayan