The Toyin Falola Interviews: A Conversation with Tunde Kelani (Podcast, Part 3)
This Podcast features Professor Connor Ryan from the University of West Indies, Mona. Ryan teaches and coordinates the Film Studies program at the University. One of his researches explores the relationship between Nigerian screen media and the city of Lagos. And his works have appeared in Research in African Literature, The Journal of African Cinema, Calalo African Studies Review.
In this conversation, Connor Ryan and Toyin Falola posed a series of questions to Tunde Kelani on career success and career change, the upcoming remake of "Ayinla", and his relationship behind the scene with other film producers, directors, technicians, and casts. Tunde Kelani remains optimistic that the remake of the "Ayinla" movie will be fantastic because it is a movie that will present Nigeria, Africa, and the Diaspora.
Kelani emphasized that he is excited about the Nigerian industry because of its diversity. "...There is freedom of expression, and the audience can be given credits for making Nollywood popular. There is room for everyone." He also mentioned that technology, especially YouTube, has been a lot helpful in the success story of Nollywood.
Tunde Kelani described his extreme love for Visual Arts as a simple method for following his passion. "...My source of inspiration comes from everything in my environment and community. "
Tunde Kelani is a renowned filmmaker, storyteller, director, photographer, cinematographer, and movie producer. He studied Art and Technique of Filmmaking in the London International Film School, where he bagged his Diploma.
He is a promoter of Nigerian cultural heritage, and his movies have promoted and educated viewers about Nigeria's culture. After several successful years in the Nigerian Film Industry, Kelani founded Mainframe Film & Television Productions, which was formed to document Nigeria’s rich culture, in movies.
Tunde Kelani has received several awards and recognitions in honor of his boundless works in film production and scriptwriting.
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