Nigeria’s most celebrated filmmaker, Tunde Kelani is 70 today and he is in far-flung Haiti with one of his mentors, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.
Kelani, fondly called TK, joined Soyinka who was decorated the honorary citizenship of Haiti’s garland over the weekend.
TK, an accomplished filmmaker and inspiration to many in the art of filmmaking and culture wrote a touching message to fans, family and friends who are taking time to celebrate him on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
“My 70th birthday being celebrated over two time zones and continent but glued together by love and friendship is special and memorable. I wish to thank my wife, children, my family, brothers, sisters, friends, professional colleagues, supporters and benefactor for your kindness, love and support for me during my 70 year journey on earth. I appreciate and love you.”
It is debatable if any other filmmaker has touched the motion picture industry in Nigeria in the last 30 years as Tunde Kelani (TK). As the cross-over man, linking the pre-Nollywood era of the 1980s to the present New Nigerian Cinema landscape, TK has attained something close to a deity status.
In countless films, his lenses framed Lagos rightly as the film and entertainment hub of the continent, such that when an opportunity came last year for the film screening component of [email protected] celebrations to be curated, there was no other person best suited to show the world how much Lagos is in love with movies than TK. A special greeting from Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode and the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, therefore, goes to this icon of cinema and culture for being a tireless promoter of the arts. Happy 70th birthday TK!