Nigerian Filmmaker Defends Reason For Setting up Film Institute


Renowned Nigerian Film producer and director, Tunde Kelani speaks on why he established a film institute, which is located outside Lagos.

The Film Institute known as Mainframe Film and Media Institute (MFMI) was single-handedly sponsored by Mr. Tunde and commenced operations this June, 2016.

The institute will be taking students in programmes that include Film School Basic and Media relations.

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The foremost filmmaker followed his dreams of many years and finally his Institute of Film now operates in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.


Tunde Kelani recounts:

“I have always wanted to do this but not without acquiring a level of maturity and experience to serve as the lubricant for effective transfer of experiences gained over a career spanning more than three decades.

“Mainframe Film and Media Institute, therefore, is poised to impart artistic and technical education and practice to young ones and established industry professionals who need to update their skills from time to time. My career highlight is founding Mainframe Film and Media Institute, MFMI.”

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Tunde Kelani, who is popularly known as TK, has a career spanning more than four decades. TK specialises in producing movies that promote Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and have a root in documentation, archiving, education, entertainment, and promotion of the culture.

Tunde Kelani

Aside Tunde Kelani, MFMI has several facilitators with expertise in the film industry. The they include Joke Muyiwa Fadirepo, Abiodun Aleja, Bola Bello, Femi Odugbemi, Wale Ojo, Niji Akanni, Olatunji Afolayan, Muritala Sule, Doyin Hassan, Ropo Ewenla, Steve Sodiya, amongst others.

Tunde Kelani is also known for his love of adaptation of literary material into movies as most of his works have followed that style. He studied the art of filmmaking at London Film School and that has been the backbone to his creative works on screen.