Ace filmmaker and culture advocate, Tunde Kelani, just earned additional plaudits for his work and consistent advocacy for the preservation and promotion of African indigenous culture,
heritage and knowledge systems.
Kelani, whose works include acclaimed films, such as Saworoide, Arugba, Maami and Dazzling Mirage, all but the latter produced in Yoruba language, was recently elected as a voting member of the Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the famous American award platform, otherwise known as the ‘Oscars.’
Elected in the ‘Directors’ category, Kelani was among 842 new members from 59 countries. Two other Nigerians on the list of new members are; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in the ‘Actors’ category, and Chinonye Chukwu, in the ‘Writers’ category.
Last year, the academy also elected four Nigerians, Femi Odugbemi, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Wunmi Mosaku and Ngozi Onwurah into its fold.