Tunde Kelani, will commence the filming of his movie on the late maverick musician, Ayinla Omowura, tomorrow, Saturday, December 5
The movie had been in the works for over three years with the meticulous filmmaker putting finishing touches to it.
“ideation or obsession which gives birth to this story lasted more than three years and refused to die despite twists and turns including the COVID-19 pandemic. Officially filming starts tomorrow, while the crew, equipment, and cast are expected to arrive at the Abeokuta location base today,” Kelani disclosed in a short message.
He also disclosed that two related events to Omowura were held last week in Abeokuta, Ogun State where the filming is happening. They were the anniversary of Alhaja Tawakalitu Omowura, Ayinla’s favourite wife who passed on six years ago, and the 97th birthday of Alhaji Adewole Onilu-Ola, Omowura’s master drummer.
Kelani’s feature film will be another vital contribution to the body of works on the musician who remains a darling of people across the southwest.
Ayinla follows the story of Apala music maestro, Ayinla ‘Omowura’ Yusuf, popularly called Egunmogaji (Anigilaje).
Produced by Jade Osiberu, the movie is directed by movie virtuoso Tunde ‘TK’ Kelani and stars talents like Adedimeji Lateef as Ayinla, and Debo Macaroni as the murderous Bayowa.
Others include Kunle Afolayan, Omowumi Dada, Bimbo Manuel, Ade Laoye, Jumoke Odetola, Bimbo Ademoye and many others.