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Ake Film 1

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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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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