AY Makun’s latest movie project, 10 Days in Sun City, has drawn the attention and support of the South African government.
The South African Tourism department will be partnering with the comedian cum movie producer to promote the movie in South Africa and other African countries once it is released.
Mr. Hloni Pitso, the Regional Manager, South African Tourism in West Africa, made the disclosure during the premiere of the movie held recently in Lagos.
10 Days in Sun City is directed by award-winning South African-based Nigerian Director, Adze Ugah, written by award-winning writer-director Kehinde Ogunlola and produced by Ayo Makun, Darlington Abuda and Kirsty Galliard.
“We saw this partnership as an opportunity not only to showcase South Africa as a holiday and business destination but also as a platform to encourage inter-Africa travel. It is important for Africans to explore their own land and discover its people. It is through travel and tourism that we can learn about each other’s historical and cultural heritages,” Mr Pitso disclosed.
“This time last year on one of South African Tourism’s influencer hosting trips, AY saw opportunities as he travelled throughout South Africa. He did not hesitate to seize the opportunity when he decided that this had to be a location for his next movie. A year later, we are here in Lagos for the movie premiere to watch the much anticipated movie, ‘10 Days in Sun City,’ he added.
Shot in Lagos, Nigeria and South Africa, Sun City provided the perfect background for the cast to enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Perhaps one of the stand out scenes from the movie is the Elephant Sanctuary scene which features the stars having an interactive elephant experience.
Some of the breath-taking scenes in the movie to look out for are: Hartebeespoort Dam, which is an hour away from Sun City. Locally known as Harties, Hartebeespoort Dam is as famous for its sunset cruises as it is for the Lesedi Cultural village, a world heritage site which showcases the fascinating cultures and tradition of the people of South Africa.
The scenes in Johannesburg showcase the famous Sandton City and the world renowned Nelson Mandela Square. Soweto also made for a colourful background to the movie, sitting thirty minutes south-west of Johnnesburg, scenes were captured from Hector Peterson Memorial and Vilakazi Street where both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu lived.
Pitso also said,
“Tourism, entertainment, arts and culture are the key sectors that have the potential to unify this continent through people to people relations for the better advancement of Africa. We are seeing this more and more lately through music collaborations, comedy and now movies. I trust we will see more of such partnerships and collaborations. Africa united, only greater things can come.”
The movie was released in the cinemas across Nigeria on Friday June 23rd 2017.