Funke Akindele caused a stir today in the butcher stalls of Lafenwa Market. From 7:00am to 3:00pm, fans and curious onlookers mobbed the small compound where we were filming. As we moved through three scenes in the morning, shouts of “Jenifa!” (in reference to Akindele’s popular role) were interspersed with Tunde Kelani’s rapid-fire directions and the clanging of butcher knives.
We also witnessed another crew to cast transformation when Kelani casted Adejare Adeniregun (First Assistant Director) as the Head of the Market Traders Association in a pivotal scene with Akindele (as Ma’ami). Tune in when the film is released to find out where the plot turns!
Around noon, I took a break from the pandemonium to accompany Bolu Solaja (Wardrobe) on a shopping trip to purchase an extra costume for a scene scheduled to shoot tomorrow. Five clothing stalls and a river crossing later, we had all the accouterments for an outfit befitting a high-class gentleman.
For the last scene of the day, we returned to the Abeokuta Railroad Station to pick up where we left off yesterday afternoon. The crew was able to finish shooting on the bridge without incident.
The early wrap time left room for a production meeting in the evening. As we are now halfway done with the shoot, Kelani advised cast and crew to “make certain that what we’re going to do next is better than what we’ve done before.”