Tunde Kelani

Veteran filmmaker and culture advocate Tunde Kelani has been elected as a voting member of the famous American award platform Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, otherwise known as the ‘Oscars.

Concise news understands that Kelani bagged the additional plaudits based on his works and consistent promotion of African indigenous culture, heritage and knowledge systems.

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With this new status, the award-winning filmmaker will be given the chance to vote for winning works and artistes in the next edition of the international and annual award ceremony.

Elected in the ‘Directors’ category, Kelani was among 842 new members from 59 countries and two other Nigerians on the list of new members are Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in the ‘Actors’ category and Chinonye Chukwu in the ‘Writers’ category.

Last year, the academy also elected four Nigerians. They are the documentary filmmaker, and co-founder/Executive Director of the iREP Documentary Film Forum, Femi Odugbemi, and three actresses, namely, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Wunmi Mosaku and Ngozi Onwurah into its fold.

Kelani is well known for his extraordinary skills in film-making and some of his popular works are Saworoide, Arugba, Maami, all produced in Yoruba language.