Kunle Afolayan Filmmaker explains significance of restoring Ade Love's "Taxi Driver," "Kadara"

Throughout this festive season, there would be daily screenings of the classic Ade Love films "Taxi Driver," "Taxi Driver 2" and "Kadara."

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In the subsequent lineup of the 20th remembrance ceremony of Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade Love), AdeLove Films is set for the Adelove Film Week.

Throughout this Christmas season, there would be a daily screening of the legendary filmmaker's films including "Kadara," "Taxi Driver 1" and "Taxi Driver 2."

Speaking to Pulse Nigeria on the restoration of the classics for public viewing, award-winning filmmaker and AdeLove's son, Kunle Afolayan, revealed that the Afolayan family are simply interested in celebrating their father and his works.

"Because we want to use that to celebrate our father," said Afolayan. "He passed 20 years ago and since then we haven't really done anything - I won't say to immortalize, but to celebrate the legacy he left behind."

Adeyemi and Kunle Afolayan play

Adeyemi and Kunle Afolayan


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On the process they had to go through to restore the films, Afolayan said, "It was difficult getting those films back, so we just managed to restore them. They were lying somewhere in London, but thanks to the past Lagos State Government, especially his excellency Governor Fashola, he was the one that paid for the restoration of the films. Of course, it was Lagos State, but it was his initiative. If he didn't agree to it, it wouldn't have happened.

"So, we just felt that this is a good time to mark the 20 years, and let people, both the old generation who enjoyed the film before and the younger generation who seem to not even have an idea of the film to see what filmmaking used to be in Nigeria."

play A scene from Ade Love's "Taxi Driver"

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On their expectations, he said, "the family's expectations are not much. It's just to celebrate our father and let people remember him for the good things he's done."

"Also, most of the young people who are learning film never experienced this kind of film, they only know the new Nollywood. So, with this film, we would see what production value is about and we will know that Nigeria has come of age when it comes to film. Most of these films were shot like 36 years ago.

"We just want to celebrate our father, have fun and remember him for his good works."

The Ade Love Film Week will feature screenings of "Kadara" and "Taxi Driver" throughout the festive season at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

The movies will also screen at the Lagos Airport Hotel Off Awolowo Way, Ikeja,  Silverbird Cinemas, Film House cinemas, Genesis Deluxe, Kada, Viva and other cinemas across the nation.

About "Taxi Driver" 1983

A taxi driver whose estrangement from his wife complicates a series of challenges he faces with his only son. He meets and falls in love with a young lady under the most unusual of circumstances and his life although fraught with challenges sets a turn for positive change. Taxi Driver is a raw reflection and light satire of its time.

About "Taxi Driver 2"

After Tunde Samuel's sordid experiences as a young Taxi Driver, he takes on the mantle of moral restoration in cleaning up the society of its criminal aspects. The former Taxi Driver becomes an undercover policeman, beneath the guise of yet another ordinary Taxi Driver.

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Synopsis for "Kadara" 1980

When the culture of a kingdom dictates that in finding the most suitable man for the beautiful princess of the kingdom, the man must emerge champion of a collective, non-discriminatory wrestling contest. Kadara is a charming and swooning tale of rivalry between a handsome and endearing farmer and a brutish man of considerable wealth for the hand of the most beautiful princess in the entire Kingdom.

Adeyemi Afolayan was popularly known as Ade Love. A Nigerian film actor, director and producer, he was the brother of actress Toyin Afolayan.

Ade Love was also popular for the 1976 "Ajani Ogun."

He was also the father of filmmakers Kunle Afolayan, Gabriel Afolayan, Moji Afolayan and Aremu Afolayan.

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