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A BIOGRAPH ICAL & H ISTOR ICAL BAC KGROU N D TO KU N LE AFOLAYAN
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This screen adaption of Femi Osofisan ’ s eponymous novel harnesses all the ingredients of the present day Nigerian epic : “ witchcraft , melodrama , corruption , soccer , and enthusiasm ” ( Riesco , 2012 ). Maami is a masterpiece of popular cinema inspired by its director ’ s recognizable personality . Maami ( 2011 ) is an intriguing Nollywood movie in which Kelani ’ s authorial and cinematographic inventiveness shines through . In the scene where Dare first resists the rich man ’ s house , the camera goes ahead of him , showing his fears . When he eventually returns as an adult , he rams straight into the camera showing that he has truly imbibed his mother ’ s admonition not to show fear . As observed in a dstv movie review , Tunde Kelani is always faithful to time and pays serious attention to details . We see old cars with old plate numbers ; we see Maami pull out a basket with creams of talcum powder from the past , jet pomade , and morning rose powder ( 2012 , p . 1 ). Tunde Kelani is a master auteur whose works demonstrate a narrative style devoid of language barriers . As a result of its positive reception , the movie shone at the seventh Africa Movie Academy Awards . It was honored as the Best Nigerian Film , the film with Best Child Actor best , Achievement in Cinematography , and Best Production Design .
Kunle Afolayan is a critically acclaimed Nigerian filmmaker lauded as the Martin Scorsese of Nollywood . He was born on 30th September 1974 in Lagos , Nigeria , to the family of late Ajayemi Josiah Afolayan , popularly called Ade Lov , e . He proceeded to study Accounting , after which he embarked on his banking and finance career . As a banker , he worked successfully under several portfolios as an accountant . He is amongst the few prosperous young entertainment gurus in Nigeria who are happily married . He is married to Tolu Afolayan , and their union is blessed with four children . Despite being fathered by a veteran filmmaker , Kunle Afolayan grew up with no knowledge of filmmaking . He only assisted his father in the promotion , distribution and exhibition of films . In 2004 , he resigned as a successful banker and proceeded to the New York film Academy , where he got a world-class training on the art of filmmaking . But prior to this reversal of career , Kunle Afolayan had started off as a part-time actor in 1998 , after he came into contact with the likes of Tade Ogidan and Tunde Kelani . His first film as an actor is Tunde Kelani ’ s Saworoide ( 1999 ). According to Kunle Afolayan :
I developed interest in filmmaking right from before I was an actor . All I wanted to do then was write my own story . I just felt there was a need for change in the Nigerian film industry , and I ’ m talking as far back as 1995 .
But there was no way I could achieve it because I was not a writer , I was not in any aspect of filmmaking . So , I went to Tunde Kelani , because I used to see him around when my father used to shoot film . I went to him to let my feelings be known . He said to me , “ Instead of you wanting to start filming , why not start by being an actor ? That might really work better .” So I said , ok , and I told him that I would like to be invited for audition , whenever they have any film . I got invited when they were going to shoot Saworoide in 1998 , and I got selected to play the role . Saworoide was a blockbuster , and even up [ until ] today is relevant in the Nigerian film circle . That was how I started acting ( as cited in McCain , 2011 , p . 1 ).
In 2005 , he established his own film company , “ Golden Effects ,” which grew in leaps and bounds from 2005 till today . Since then , he has been active in the Nigerian film industry and has made several popular blockbusters that have swept numerous awards both locally and in the African diaspora . Some of these films include : The Figurine : Araromire ( 2009 ), which was in the Yoruba and English languages and Phone Swap ( 2012 ), a comedy featuring Nse Ikpe Etim and the legendary Chika Okpala . The Figurine won five major awards in the African Movie