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Soyinka’s 1989 memoir, Ake: The Years of Childhood, is being adapted for film. Release date is July 13, 2014. Check out soyinkasakefilm.com to learn more about the project.

The film adaptation will be directed by Yemi Akintokun, and according to the filmmaker, the project has been in development for many years, and was initially pushed as a TV series.

Production is expected to begin this month, for six months in Abeokuta and Ibadan.

It promises to be the biggest film project contemplated yet in Nigeria, and apparently has Soyinka’s blessing and involvement – he’ll provide voice-over narration.

The project is currently in pre-production, as casting is finalized, support from government delivered, locations secured (some will be restored to reflect the time in which the film takes place), etc.

The projected film budget is N350 million ($2.5 million).

The goal is to have the film completed by Soyinka’s 80th birthday, which will be July 13, 2014.

It’s now officially on my watchlist, so as progress is made, we’ll update you here as well.

Stay tuned… Indiewire

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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