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Lateef Adedimeji, Olaiya Igwe, others to feature in Soyinka Biopic

Coming on wings of preserving Nigeria’s culture and extolling the heroes, Nigeria filmmaker and director, Joshua Ojo has disclosed that Wole Soyinka, a biopic on the life and strides of legendary Nobel Laureate will be hitting cinema soon.

The movie, which took over a year to produce, has been described as ‘right on time’ by the producer, Joshua Ojo.

Speaking during a press conference earlier this week, he remarked that the lack of biopics in the Nigeria entertainment space is very alarming, explaining that at a time when history was no longer taught in schools, it should be on the screen for the sake of the next generation and a proper build up of the society.

According to Ojo, “Wole Soyinka is coming to the cinemas on/before June. We are done with production and just rounding off post production. I’ll be sincere that it took a lot to create this. A lot of research, and investigation. But then, if we don’t tell this stories, who will? Our people run away from telling our own historic stories. We documented every integral aspect of Wole Soyinka.

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“The movie was shot in Lagos, Ibadan, and in the United Kingdom. At a point, I had an accident during production. Many of the cast and crew had to leave even though some have been paid. I had to pay a number of others to come back. Finance went off at some point and I had to sell some of my properties but the goal is was fixed. The goal is to preserve culture in the best way we can,”

The graduate of New York film academy, who directed ‘Efunsetan Aniwura’ noted that the most of the set of the movie was created from scratch while commending his team for pulling a great achievement with the production.

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