Veteran film maker, Tunde Kelani, who is working on a screen adaptation of Wole Soyinka's "Lion and the Jewel."

Titled "Sidi Ilunije," the indigenous film would be shot in Ibadan, and will feature Adebayo Salami as Baroka, Ibrahim Chatta as Lakunle, and Ayisat Onitiri as Sidi.

"In fact, I can say that it was Prof. himself (Soyinka) who inspired me to embark on the project. He said, ‘TK, why not take a look at one of my plays?’" he said.

"The Lion and the Jewel" is a play by Soyinka, which chronicles how Baroka, the lion, fights with the modern Lakunle over the right to marry Sidi, the titular Jewel.

"Sidi Ilunje" isn't Kelani's first book to film adaptation. He adapted Akinwumi Isola’s "O Le Ku" and "Koseegbe" into movies.

He also adapted Bayo Adebowale’s "The Virgin" into a film titled "The Narrow Path."

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The award-winning film "Maami" was adapted from a story by Femi Osofisan.

Kelani is popular for movies such as "Campus Queen," "Thunder Bolt," and "Dazzling Mirage"


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