Progenitors and Proteges: Art Series 2

Hello Friends,
Continuing on the series of African Progenitors and Proteges in the Arts, focusing today on Film as an Art Form.  Series 2 spotlight is on popular actor and internationally-acclaimed movie maker,  Kunle Afolayan the protege; talented son of acclaimed Filmmaker and Director Extraordinaire, the Progenitor – Ade Love (Adeyemi Josiah Afolayan) known for his Yoruba traveling theater in the 60s/70s and subsequently film making. In his lifetime, the foremost filmmaker raised a lot of bars. “Apart from acting, his vocal dexterity was also a plus, in fact he also produced soundtracks of movies. His sons Kunle, Aremu & Gabriel are also  seasoned and award-winning thespians and are keeping the legacy going, and excellently too.” Personally, I remember with fond memories, one of his popular films ‘Taxi Driver’  Shot in 1983, with such a ‘feel good’, old, camera reel that gives that nostalgic grainy ambiance.
Ade Love
Ade Love (Google)
pro·gen·i·tor  
(prō-jĕn′ĭ-tər) an originator or founder of a future development; precursor . a person or thing that originates something or serves as a model; precursor.
pro·té·gé
ˈprōtəˌZHā,ˌprōtəˈZHā/
noun : a person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person.

Kunle Afolayan is a Nigerian actor and director. He is the son of the famous theater and film director and producer Ade Love. Of Yoruba descent, Afolayan majored in Economics. Since 2005 he has been active in the Nigerian film industry. He has made several extremely popular titles including: The Figurine: Araromire which was in the Yoruba and English languages and Phone Swap which featured Nse Ikpe Etim and the legendary Chika Okpala. The Figurine won five major awards in the African Film Academy and experienced tremendous success in the Nigerian movie theaters. Kunle Afolayan appeared at the Subversive Film Festival in 2011 where he represented the second largest film industry in the world, the Nigerian film industry, with his colleague Zeb Ejiro.In May 2013, Phone Swap premiered in France at the first edition of NollywoodWeek Paris and won the Public Choice Award. Source- Wiki. For more on Kunle, click here

Listen to the Interview by Iyalode Productions where he talks about the influence of his father and also cites another Yoruba legendary Filmmaker  Tunde Kelani of MainFrame Productions.

His recent work

Trailer for October 1

Exclusive clips from October 1 can be viewed here

Kunle recently stated on his Facebook

“I was going through some of my father’s documents and found this letters which actually proved that a Nigerian Film had Premiered in Cannes film festival and several other international film festivals all over the globe. For the benefit of those who do not know, My father’s production company used to be called FRIENDSHIP MOTION PICTURES LTD before it was changed to ADE-LOVE FILMS LTD.
I hope that someone in our generation will make history repeat itself. We have plenty work to do. Ire”

I daresay Kunle himself as a protege, has begun the process…with the facelift his movies are giving to the Nollywood industry, he is keeping the flag flying…

Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing..
xoxo
Tosinger
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