Tunde Kelani recieves birthday message from presidency.
President Buhari has congratulated Tunde Kelani, an icon of Nigerian movie industry who turned 70 recently. The president sent his birthday message through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina who wrote:
“The President commends Kelani’s uncanny story telling skills and his ability to breathe life into scripts and translate literature to movies, thereby enhancing understanding of the rich cultural heritage of the country and consistently updating the narrative of a unified and progressive nation. As the ace producer turns a septuagenarian, President Buhari believes the rising profile of the Nigerian film industry around the world testifies to the hard work, creativity and passion of artistes like Kelani, who toiled earnestly to attract global viewership, recognitions and awards. The President affirms that Kelani, through sacrifice, discipline and diligence, has contributed immensely to national development, especially his mentoring of younger Nigerians in the film industry. President Buhari prays that God will bless Kelani with good health and strength to continue in his noble trade.”
Tunde Kelani is the brain behind great movies like Arugba, Dazzling Mirage, Saworoide, Campus Queen, Abeni, Thunder Bolt and lots more. He was born on the 26th of February 1948 and is a filmmaker, storyteller, director, photographer, cinematographer and producer with a career spanning more than four decades. He was born in Lagos but was moved to Ogun State at the age of five to live with his grandparents. His stay with them greatly influenced his knowledge of the rich Yoruba culture and history, most of which he features in his movies. He has worked with BBC TV and also Reuters and was part of the team that travelled to cover the drought in Ethiopia. His movie company is Mainframe Films and Television Productions – Opomulero.