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Wale Ojo Played Wole Soyinka In Film Adaptation Of “The Man Died”

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Veteran Nollywood actor Wale Ojo is set to star as the iconic Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka in a new film adaptation of Soyinka’s famous memoir, “The Man Died.”

The book tells the story of Soyinka’s experiences as a political prisoner during the Nigerian Civil War in the late 1960s. It’s a powerful account of his thoughts and struggles while being held by the government.

“The Man Died” was published in 1972, two years after the war ended. Soyinka later became the first Sub-Saharan African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, a historic achievement.

Interestingly, in July 2023, on Soyinka’s 89th birthday, Wale Ojo himself paid tribute to the literary giant, calling him “a rare icon.” Now, Ojo will have the chance to bring Soyinka’s story to life on the big screen.

“Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka is 89 years old today. Love him OR hate him HE has earned his place amongst the G. O. A. T. of this universe!” the 55-year-old posted on Instagram.

 

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Joining Wale Ojo in the cast of “The Man Died” is a lineup of Nollywood stars. Familiar faces like Chidi Mokeme, Sam Dede, and Norbert Young will share the screen. Rising talents like Simileoluwa Hassan and Christiana Oshunniyi will join too. The film also introduces newcomer Abraham Amkpa.

Femi Odugbemi is the producer, Bode Asiyanbi is the writer, and Awam Amkpa directs. The film is set to hit theatres in July 2024, a special date chosen to celebrate Wole Soyinka’s 90th birthday.

This isn’t the first time Soyinka’s work has been adapted for the screen. In 2022, his play “Death and the King’s Horseman” was transformed into the Netflix movie “Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman.”

Soyinka, a celebrated author and the first-ever Nobel laureate from Sub-Saharan Africa has a rich literary legacy. “The Man Died” joins a collection of powerful works. It includes “The Lion and the Jewel,” “The Trials of Brother Jero,” “Aké: The Years of Childhood,” and “You Must Set Forth at Dawn.”

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Kanayo O. Kanayo Reacts To Ban On Ritual Scenes In Nollywood

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Nigeria’s entertainment industry is buzzing with criticism over the government’s new rules for movies, music videos, and comedy skits. The government puts limitations on what can be shown in these forms of entertainment. This includes things like “money rituals,” “ritual killings,” and the use of tobacco products.

Big names in Nigerian entertainment are not happy about these rules. Renowned actor Kanayo O. Kanayo slammed the move as “arrant nonsense.” He questioned why the Minister of Arts and Culture, Barrister Hannatu Musa Musawa, would support such restrictions on creative freedom for filmmakers.

Veteran musician Mike Okri even suggested the government might be trying to hold back the entire film industry with these new regulations.

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I Was Collecting N4000 For A Lead Role – Lateef Adedimeji

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Nollywood actor Lateef Adedimeji recently appeared on comedian Teju Babyface’s podcast, “Deep Dive.” He reminisced about his early days in the Nigerian film industry. He openly shared some of the financial realities he faced as a budding actor.

Lateef Adedimeji revealed that early on, in 2014, he was offered a lead role for a mere N4,000. This low payment reflected his position as a newcomer still trying to establish himself. However, things started to look up for him the following year.

By 2015, Adedimeji’s experience and talent began to be recognised, and his pay rose significantly. He mentioned roles in that timeframe that commanded fees between N100,000 and N200,000—a substantial increase from his initial starting point.

This discussion on the podcast highlights the challenges faced by many aspiring actors, who often have to accept lower pay until their talent and experience are recognised by the industry. Adedimeji’s story offers a glimpse into the perseverance and dedication it takes to navigate the early stages of an acting career.

“If I tell people that I wasn’t collecting N100,000, N200,000 until 2015/16, a lot of people would not believe me. Before then, the highest I collected for a lead role was either N4,000, N5,000, or N10,000. I was paid that low back in 2014 because it was more like a learning process.”

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Tiwa Savage On Why She Decided To Produce ‘Water And Garri’ Movie

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In a recent interview with CNN’s Larry Madowo on the programme “African Voices Changemakers,” Tiwa Savage opened up about the motivation behind her filmmaking debut. Her debut movie is titled “Water and Garri.”

According to Savage, the project stems from a desire to see African stories told from a woman’s perspective. She expressed a concern that female voices are often missing from the narrative. She said the “Water and Garri” movie is her attempt to help rectify that imbalance.

“I think it is important for people to see Africa and see film being interpreted from a female point of view as well,” Tiwa Savage said.

“I love the story and I think it is gonna draw a lot of people back to Africa in a different way.

“I think we have seen a lot of negative light on Africa for so many years and decades and it is with the way Afrobeats music is going, I think film is catching up to that too. So, it is very very important for us to tell our own story.”

Savage hopes the film will contribute to a richer, more diverse portrayal of Africa and its stories on the big screen.

This aligns with a growing movement in cinema. This movement elevates female filmmakers and ensures a wider range of voices are heard.

“Water and Garri” follows the story of Aisha. She is a driven fashion designer who left home for the US ten years ago. Then, a family tragedy forces her to return. It explores Aisha’s journey as she confronts her past and the emotional wounds it left behind. Meji Alabi directed the film.

As she reconnects with loved ones, including an old flame, Aisha must also grapple with her inner demons. The movie features several well-known Nigerian actors. They include Andrew Bunting, Mike Afolarin, and Jemima Osunde, who bring these characters to life.

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