Professor Wole Soyinka’s childhood biography, Ake: The Years of Childhood is to be adapted into a film. The production is being handled by a Lagos-based film production outfit, Back Page Production. Dapo Adeniyi, the executive producer of the project, said work will begin in June this year.
Just last week here in Lagos, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, met with the adult cast and crew for the feature film adaptation of his childhood memoir. In attendance were leading lights of the Nigerian movie industry. They include Taiwo; Akin Lewis, Tina Mba, Ben Tomoloju, Yinka Davies, Tony Umole, Yeni Kuti, Jimi Solanke, Jahman Anikulapo, Beautiful Nubia etc. Also there were the film’s top crew that include Dapo Adeniyi, the Executive Producer, Yemi Akintokun, the Director, Ayodele Ayobolu and Kemi Obadina, Head of Marketing and Communications respectively at Back Page Productions.
Ake is a book Soyinka wrote about his childhood in Abeokuta during world war II. It concludes with an eye witness account of Egba women’s riot led by Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti ( mother of late musician Fela) and his own mother.
The 1930s and 1940s are to be recreated in the movie which is why it is so expensive and most like going to be the most ambitious film project ever contemplated in Nigeria so far.
The movie is set to be released June 2014. It will be just in time for the celebration of Soyinka’s 80th birthday and that of the Nigerian Amalgamation.
Please visit www.soyinkasakefilm.com for more info on the project.