Veteran Nigerian Filmmaker Tunde Kelani Talks Adapting 3 Novels By Nigerian Authors & Nollywood's Future

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 12, 2012 1:06 PM
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Tunde Kelani - "The Elder"

Good interview with veteran Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani chatting with Smart Monkey TV on a number of issues, including how piracy ate into profits for his last film Maami; on piracy in Nollywood, which, as we've noted in past posts, is major problem for Nollywood movies, especially when they leave Nigeria, and travel the international marketplace, where the filmmakers lose control, and thus profits; the three book adaptions he's currently working on (which I was excited to hear about); why his films feature strong women characters; and the future of Nollywood, as he sees it,  given the pessimism over piracy, international rejection of Nollywood standards of filmmaker, and more.

And while I'm thrilled with the 3 novels he says he plans to adapt to film, I unfortunately couldn't find much on any of them on the web, except for the one I was already familiar with - Cordelia by playwright, essayist and poet Femi Osofisan. I'm not familiar with the others mentioned. They are all written by Nigerian authors, but these might be authors whose works just haven't been widely distributed - enough that a search on the web would yield some results.

But thankfully he describes what each one is about, so you at least know what the stories are.

Watch the 13-minute interview below:

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