The baby project of Nigeria Veteran Filmmaker and Producer Tunde Kelani (Mainframe Film and Media Institute) a citadel for complete art and artistry was launched to commemorated the 68th birthday of the Icon on Feb. and on May 16th, 2016, fourteen prospective filmmakers commenced the Film School Basic (FSB) programme of the Mainframe Film and Media Institute at Olomore Estate, Abeokuta.
After 3months of intensive training MFMI presented fourteen art savvy students on 8, July 2016, the graduands which courses varies from different arms of art are; Oyesiku Oluwaseun, Soyiga Adedapo, Lawrence Adedamola, Olawoyin Damilare,Olorunyomi Adeleye, Olumuyiwa Adedeji, Somide Ambrose, Yeye-Irojah Moses, Jimoh Bodunde, Olatunji Olalekan, Akhile Tolani, Ademola Olushola, Adetayo Adedotun, Soyomi Idowu while an award of recognition was presented to Prof. Wole Soyinka for his support and love for making the dream come true.
The event which was held at the community hall, Olomore, few blocks away from where the institute is located had in attendance Top notch personalities in Nigeria, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Kunle Afolayan, Femi Odugbemi, Segun Odegbami, Tunde Adeniji, Teju Kareem (Zmirage), Ropo Ewenla among other special guests.
Femi Odugbemi, a filmmaker, producer, director, script writer and the brain behind ‘Gidi blues’ in his speech to the graduating students, congratulates and charges the graduands on the effective use of digital Technology which must be cultivated as an important ally in storytelling. he said “there is no greater challenge to the future success of African cinema that we must focus to address. Africa today is largely a consumer of technology and is yet to join the league of countries that are primary producers. So while African cinema is constantly evolving and trying to catch up with Western cinema, in terms of technology we continue to face important challenges” He them wishes them a smooth and swift journey into the world of film making.
Furthermore, Kunle Afolyan, producer and director of Nollywood most talk about movie, “TheCEO” addressed the graduating filmmakers that he has always looked up to *TK*who has been his mentor since day one. He further explained that the most important thing in life and in the course of the job is to be disciplined because it is the only way to succeed in the industry while he express his regret for not been part of the facilitators because he has been busy breaking boundaries as Tunde Kilani has thought him.
Ropo Ewenla who was one of the facilitators at the film institute also expressed his profound joy for being part of the success and encouraged them to make sure they excel and perform exceedingly well because they owe their success not just to Tunde Kelani but to the rest of the facilitators as well.
Femi Odugbemi delivering a Speech