Which is what ace Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, has done over the years and now he's added yet another feather in that creative cap of his. Recently he announced that his new movie - SíDÍ ÌLÚJINLÈ̩- is will be released next month, December 2017, by Mainframe Productions.
Adapted from Nobel Laurete Wole Soyinka's classic play, 'The Lion and the Jewel', the Yoruba comedy is about the battle between a scheming Baale (the Lion) and a pompous school teacher for the affections of the disdainful village beauty (the Jewel). The play was first performed in 1959 and published by Oxford University Press in 1962.
In an interview, Kelani stated the movie would be shot in Ibadan (but of course) and he was inspired to embark on the project by Professor Soyinka himself who suggested he took a look at one of his plays to adapt. And according to him, will be a comfluence of beautiful poetry and prose.
SíDÍ ÌLÚJINLÈ̩ stars Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) as Baale Baroka, Ibrahim Chatta as Lakunle the school teacher and Aishat Onitiri as Sidi.
Congratulations and kudos to our ace filmmaker!