Tunde Kelani

Tunde Kelani (Source: English Wikipedia, Damolat, CC BY-SA 3.0)On 26 February 1948, Nigerian filmmaker Tunde Kelani, popularly known as TK, was born in Lagos. In a career spanning more than four decades, TK specialises in producing movies that promote Nigeria's rich cultural heritage and have a root in documentation, archiving, education, entertainment and promotion of the culture.

He is also known for his love of adaptation of literary material into movies as most of his works have followed that style of filmmaking, including Ko se Gbe, O le ku, Thunder Bolt, The Narrow Path, White Handkerchief, Maami and Dazzling Mirage.

At an early age, TK was sent to Abeokuta, to live with his grandparents. The rich Yoruba culture and tradition he experienced in his early years, coupled with the experience he garnered at the London Film School where he studied the art of filmmaking, prepared him for what he is doing today.

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Selected publications


Maami / Tunde Kelani [and others]. - Lagos : Ajimson Integrated Services Ltd., [2014?]

Arugbá / Tunde Kelani. - Lagos : Mainframe productions, [2008]

The narrow path / Tunde Kelani; Solo Asedeko. - [S.l.] : Mainframe Film and Television Productions, 2006

The campus queen / Tunde Kelani; Segun Adefia. - Lagos : Mainframe Film and Television Productions, 2003

Thunderbolt / Tunde Kelani. - San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, 2000

Saworoide / Tunde Kelani; Kola Oyewo. - Lagos : Mainframe Film and Television Productions, 1999

Ayo ni mo fe / Tunde Kelani. Lagos : Mainframe Film and Television Productions, [1994]

Publications about Tunde Kelani and his work

Interview with Tunde Kelani / Tunde Onikoyi.
In: African studies review, 2021, Vol.64 (1), p.E1-E25

Túndé Kèlání, Global Cinema and Philosophical Engagements / Adeshina Afolayan & James Yékú [and others].
In: Journal of African Cultural Studies, Volume 32, Issue 4 (2020), pages 343 - 441

Nollywood : the creation of Nigerian film genres / Jonathan Haynes. Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, ©2016


Timeline of Nigerian film producers via DBpedia and Wikidata