The film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s classic childhood memoir, Ake,The Years of Childhood, has been finalized and it is now available.
Ake tells the story of Wole Soyinka’s first eleven years as a child a period that housed major historical events in Nigeria, and the world at large.
The story combines a deep child-view narrative with resonances from the war as heard and imagined in Soyinka’s hometown in Ake, Abeokuta.
It climaxes with the Egba women’s riot of 1945, led by Mrs Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, mother of the late Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
Ake is directed by Dapo Adeniyi and produced by Back Page Productions, the cast of nearly 1,000 features some of Nigeria’s foremost professionals in the film and theatre industries including, Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett (OON), Yinka Davies, Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, Jimi Solanke, Lanike Onimisi-Bennet, Festus Adegboye Onigbinde, Alex Bratt, Gbenga Ajiboye, Hafiz Oyetoro, Yemi Solade, Wale Ramon, Wale Adebayo, and others.
The movie was shot in various locations such as, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Lagos and East Grinstead, UK, the movie has been screened in Lagos and at film festivals in Cannes, France and the United States.
Ake, The Years of Childhood movie is now available on Amazon and other global platforms.