Simi to make acting debut in Kunle Afolayan’s film, “Mokalik”

A 21-year-old lady also named Simi, advices an 11-year-old Mechanic apprentice

With photo-shoot sessions and dramatic music videos, Simi’s career as a singer has afforded her more time behind the camera than most people. But despite having a familiar face on TV, she has never taken up an acting role. This is set to change as she has been unveiled as a cast on Kunle Afolayan’s upcoming Yoruba movie, “Mokalik”.

According to Afolayan’s Instagram statement,  the title, “Mokalik” —‘Mechanic’ as pronounced by a native Yoruba speaker, as Afolayan affirms— is a tribute to his father’s 1983 classic Yoruba film, “Taxi Diver”. The script, which was written by Tunde Babalola, was supposedly inspired by his constant visits to mechanic shops. It follows a day in the life of Jaiye, an 11-year-old boy whose father him immerses in an apprentice job after he fails his primary school final exams, hoping that the experience would set him straight. Perplexed but unwilling to go against his father’s wishes, Jaiye grudgingly takes on the Job with different mechanics in various work stations.

Simi’s character —a 21-year-old lady also named Simi— meets Jaiye at work and as they discuss, he confesses to her that he has intentions to remain as a Mechanic-apprentice. In response, Simi offers valued advice about life and choices, which Jaiye ponders through the rest of the day.

As posted on the multiple-award winning director’s Instagram, the film is currently in production. Along with Simi, the film also stars Yoruba actors, including Femi Adebayo, Lateef Oladimeji and Ayo Adesanya.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/kunleafo
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