BY TUNDE FAGBENLE
The Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, here in London was where this latest of Mo Abudu’s innovative accomplishments got shown last Sunday 18th. It was the premiere of her much anticipated film, FIFTY — an idea that struck her when she turned fifty last year — something different from the run-of-the-mill film but that yet fulfils the critical ingredients (ambition, love, suspense, action, etc.) of a good film; something representing her class of today’s, professional, accomplishing, nouveau-riche women.
Lucky to be peripatetic at that point on social media (Facebook) where Biyi Bandele, who wrote and directed the film, caught me, and realising I was in London, invited me to the second and last day of the film’s premiere.
Of Biyi, there’s a book to write as I’ve known him since 1990(?) when as a young undergraduate of OAU, Ife, he came to London, showed up in my HomeNews newspaper office on Kilburn High Road for a job, got one straightaway as a cub-reporter (subsequently Arts/Reviews editor) bonded, and a new life began for him – he never went back! That book is for the future.
But Biyi Bandele has since grown into international recognition and acclaim as a novelist (his Burma Boy has been translated into several languages) and playwright, and, then in a sudden turn, now as a damn good film producer and director after his epic directing of Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun.
Culled from Punch.