Tunde Kelani

Tunde Kelani Biography / Profile

Tunde Kelani (popularly known as TK) was born on February 26th, 1948 in Lagos State, Nigeria. He is a multi award winning film maker, writer, photographer, director, storyteller, cinematographer and producer.

Tunde Kelani Age

Tunde Kelani is 76 years old.

Tunde Kelani Early Life

At the age of 5, Tunde moved to his hometown of Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he stayed with his grandparents. While in Abeokuta, he attended the Oke-Ona Primary School in Ikija, and the Abeokuta Grammar School for his secondary education. He also received a Diploma in Art and the Technique of film making from the London Film School.

Tunde Kelani Career

Tunde began his career as a local photographer which he learnt while in Secondary School. From there, he moved to the first television station in Africa Western Nigeria Television (WNTV) Ibadan where he built on his knowledge of photography before going to London film school. He produced his first film after graduating from London while he was working with WNTV in conjunction with Alagba Adebayo Faleti. The movie was titled, The Dilemma of Rev Father Michael.

Kelani has managed the Cinematography of most popular films in Nigeria. Some of his feature films include: Anikura; Ogun Ajaye; Iya Ni Wura; Taxi Driver; Iwa and Fopomoyo (all 16mm). In the area of video productions, he has to his credit award-winning feature videos such as: Ti Oluwa Nile; Ayo Ni Mo Fe; Koseegbe and Oleku. He has also successfully produced and directed two digital features; Saworoide and Thunderbolt. 

He also completed work one of his latest digital films 'Agogo-eewo' shot on widescreen digitally on Dvcam. He also photographed, produced and directed a short feature in 16mm such as the M-net short features films, 'Twins of the Rainforest’, ‘A Place Called Home' and 'Barber's Wisdom' (35MM), and also 'The White Handkerchief' in the same series. He has since added The Campus Queen' Abeni and The Narrow Path, the first set of works to probe further the possibilities of advanced digital filmmaking. His latest film, Dazzling Mirage, was released in 2015.

Tunde Kelani Personal Life

Tunde Kelani's career has lasted over forty years. He is married and lives in Lagos State with his family.

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Tunde Kelani Awards

  • Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director (nominated in 2007 and 2009)
  • Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Nigerian Film (nominated in 2009 and 2011)
  • NMA Lifetime Achievement Award (won in 2014)

Tunde Kelani Net Worth

Tunde Kelani is estimated to have a net worth of about $2 million

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