By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Veteran Filmmaker Tunde Kelani was honored at this week’s GDC Nolly Thursdays last night (25th of February, 2016).
The critically acclaimed Cinematographer who is responsible for some of the biggest movies to come out of Africa treated fans to a question and answer session soon after his popular movie Thunderbolt was shown at the cinema.
When asked by a fan if he consciously creates strong female characters who seem to be a constant in all of his movies – his most recent movie Dazzling Mirage stars Actress Kemi Lala Akindoju in the lead and his popular 2012 movie Maami notably stars AMAA winner Funke Akindele in the lead – Tunde Kelani revealed that he consciously did.
According to him, he was separated from his mother at the age of 5 and he probably went ahead to create characters that were strong because of how much in awe of her that he was.
He also added that he felt women were “underrepresented in Africa” and he felt the need to be the voice of women.
The Filmmaker then lightly added, “I am an uncrowned Balogun leyin Obinrin” which when loosely translated means he has strong love for women.
We see you do, TK. We see that you do.