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Last night, director Tunde Kelani premiered his latest feature, Ma’ami, to a packed house at Agip Hall at the MUSON Centre. The evening honored the re-election of Governor Babatunde Fashola as the Lagos State Government was a major funding source of the film. Governor Fashola gave the closing remarks after the screening – during which he highlighted the personal impact of Mainframe films, starting with Saworoide in 1999.

Per Production Manager Jamiu Shoyode, the film will premiere next weekend in Abeokuta.

Watch FindingNollywood.com’s behind-the-scenes coverage of the Ma’ami shoot.
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Ma'ami' on stage at the MUSON Centre. © Bic Leu and FindingNollywood.com, 2011

Governor Fashola gives his closing remarks with Tunde Kelani. © Bic Leu and FindingNollywood.com, 2011

Governor Fashola gives his closing remarks with Tunde Kelani. © Bic Leu and FindingNollywood.com, 2011

With Tunde Kelani and Deji Ajose-Ojikutu. © Bic Leu and FindingNollywood.com, 2011

With Wole Ojo. © Bic Leu and FindingNollywood.com, 2011

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Five months after shooting wrapped in Abeokuta, Tunde Kelani is finally ready to unveil his latest feature film, Ma’ami – starring Funke Akindele, Wole Ojo, Tamilore Kuboye and Olumide Bakare. The invitation-only premiere will take place at Agip Hall of the MUSON Centre in Lagos on Saturday 4th June 2011 to celebrate the re-election of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.

The event marks the latest in a string of collaborations between Mainframe Productions and Lagos State. In 2008, Kelani celebrated Governor Fashola’s inaugural year in office with the premiere of Arugba. The premiere of Saworoide in 1999 honored election of former Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, while Agogo-Eewo celebrated Tinubu‘s 50th birthday in 2002.

Ma’ami is based on Femi Osofisan’s novel of the same title and follows Kelani’s tradition of bringing Nigerian literature to the big screen. Past works include Koseegbe and O le ku, written by Akinwumi Isola; Thunderbolt (Magun) adapted from Adebayo Faleti’s MAGUN : The Whore (with Thunderbolt AIDS); and The White Handkerchief and The Narrow Path adapted from Bayo Adebowale‘s The Virgin.

Due to the threat of piracy, Kelani is only releasing Ma’ami at cinemas throughout the country.  He also plans to organize free mobile cinema screenings and lectures at universities throughout the Southwest.

Watch FindingNollywood.com’s behind-the-scenes coverage of the Ma’ami shoot.
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