Posts Tagged ‘University of Ibadan’

I am thrilled to revive FindingNollywood.com by introducing the blog’s new contributor: Connor Ryan. Connor will continue the blog’s fine tradition of Fulbright scholarship by exploring the burgeoning Yoruba film industry through documenting the impact of Tunde Kelani‘s Mainframe Productions studio has made upon Nollywood, giving special attention to its mobile cinema project. From October 2012 to August 2013, Connor will conduct research at The University of Ibadan’s National Archives and the Nollywood Studies Center (NSC) at the Pan-African University in Lagos.

Connor’s work in African literature and film originated at Michigan State University where he was awarded a FLAS fellowship in 2009 to study Yoruba. In 2010, he spent two months studying Yoruba at Obafemi Awolowo University – Ile-Ife with the Fulbright-Hays Yoruba Group Project Abroad. He had the good fortune to return to Nigeria in the summer of 2011 to build the NSC’s start-up website. It was during this period that he met Kelani, me, and developed the basis for this research project.

I cannot think of anyone more uniquely qualified to link people and resources in this continuing online inititative to broaden Nollywood research and scholarship.

Much love from Burma/Myanmar,

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Screening of 'O le ku' at LTV. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Tunde Kelani screened his romantic classic, O le ku (1997), for eager audiences on Saturday and Sunday at the LTV Station in Ikeja. Based on the popular 1974 novel by Prof. Akinwumi Isola, the film follows University of Ibadan student Ajani as he attempts to choose among three love interests: Asaka, Lola, and Sade.

Audience members were encouraged to dress “old school” to pay tribute to the film’s setting in the 1970’s.

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