Ace Cinematographer and Chief Executive of Mainframe Film & Television Productions, Tunde Kelani, has been named the Africa Reel Award Winner for the year 2012. This honor was given to the highly acclaimed director at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival ( SVAFF ) which held in San Antonio, CA, USA.
According to the SVAFF Awards Committee- ‘The Africa Reel Award is our festival’s highest award, and it is presented to a filmmaker of African origin whose body of work represents excellence in the art of film, but more importantly a filmmaker who has through such body of work shown a dogged commitment to uplifting the spirit of Africa. We are delighted that this year’s award will be presented to Mr. Tunde Kelani ‘TK’ in recognition of his many years of commitment to lifting up our people through his films.’
Tunde Kelani is highly respected for releasing well produced films like ‘Ayo Ni Mo Fe’ ( 1994 ), ‘Ti Oluwa Nile’ ( 1993 ), ‘O Le Ku’ ( 1997 ), Thunderbolt ( 2001 ) and his latest work ‘Maami’ ( Featuring Funke Akindele and Wole Ojo ). Tunde Kelani attended Abeokuta Grammar School, Ogun State, for his secondary education and the London Film School where he graduated with a Professional Diploma in the Art and Technique of Filmmaking. Kelani has been a long time advocate of taking information and entertainment to the grassroots. He displayed his love for the grassroots and community development when he screened his 2008 Feature Film ‘Arugba’ in free open air settings in 57 LGs and Development Council Areas in Lagos, Nigeria. Ariya Today felicitates with Tunde Kelani on his SVAFF Award.