BY ESE DIBEBI
The film adaptation of Wole Soyinka‘s account of his childhood years spent in the ancient village of Ake in Abeokuta, Ake is set to make its debut at the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival, France.
This much was disclosed to NAN by the executive producer of the film, Dapo Adeniyi.
According to Adeniyi, Ake will be translated to French and screened at the festival scheduled to hold from April 16 to 20, 2016.
Adeniyi said, “This film festival holding in the city of Cannes focuses on African works. Since the film is an adaptation of the world famous book “Ake”, one of the books that earned Soyinka the Nobel Prize in 1986, we decided to showcase it at the world stage. It is a scintillating film adaptation of one of the most captivating childhood reminiscences of all time.”
He continued, “To make sure that people understand and appreciate the story in France, we have to do the French translation. [Ake] tells the story of Soyinka’s boyhood before and during World War II in a Yoruba village in western Nigeria called Aké, where the author spent the first 12 years of his life. It combines a beautiful child-view narrative technique with direct echoes from the war as heard or imagined down in Ake, Abeokuta.”
“It is a spectacle not only for our time but for generations to come,” the executive producer concluded.