By Kolawole Olayinka Abeokuta
The Federal University Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has appointed Alagba Tunde Kelani, as a Visiting Fellow in its Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS). Alagba Kelani is to facilitate the teaching and coordination of short courses designed to enhance the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of film-making to students of the University.
Popularly called TK, Kelani is a respected Nigerian filmmaker, storyteller, director, photographer, cinematographer and producer with a career spanning over four decades. He is renowned for his love of adaptation of literary material into movies, as most of his works have followed that style of filmmaking including Oleku, Thunder Bolt, Arugba, The Narrow Path, White Handkerchief, Maami and Dazzling Mirage.
He specialises in producing movies that promote the nation’s rich cultural heritage with deep root in documentation, archiving, education and entertainment.
Kelani, a native of Abeokuta, was born in Lagos in 1948. He attended the Oke-Ona Primary School in Ikija, Abeokuta and had his secondary school education at Abeokuta Grammar School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta. His grandfather was the Balogun of Ijaiye Kukudi and he was privileged to have witnessed most aspects of Yoruba ways of life such as religion, literature, philosophy, and world view in arts.
He was introduced to Yoruba literature from an early stage in life and was greatly influenced by theatre. When he was in secondary school, he was opportuned to see most of the great Yoruba theatre classics including The Palm Wine Drinkard, Oba Koso, Kurunmi and Ogunde.