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'Ake' Movie adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s book to debut at Cannes Film Festival

The movie of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s award winning autobiography, “Ake: The Years of Childhood” will premiere later this month at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

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Mr Dapo Adeniyi, the Executive Producer of the film made this revelation in an interview he granted NAN in Abuja recently.

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The movie, now translated to French, will be shown first at the Festival International du Film pan African de Cannes which runs through April 16 to April 20.

“This film festival holding in the city of Cannes focuses on African works," He began.

“Since the film is an adaptation of the world famous book “Ake”, one of the books that earned Soyinka the Nobel Prize in 1986, we decided to showcase it at the world stage.

“It is a scintillating film adaptation of one of the most captivating childhood reminiscences of all time.

“To make sure that people understand and appreciate the story in France, we have to do the French translation.”

Speaking of the book from which inspired the film, Mr. Adeniyi said, “Aké: The Years of Childhood” is a memoir by Nigerian writer, Wole Soyinka, that was first published in 1981.

“It tells the story of Soyinka’s boyhood before and during World War II in a Yoruba village in western Nigeria called Aké, where the author spent the first 12 years of his life.

“It combines a beautiful child-view narrative technique with direct echoes from the war as heard or imagined down in Ake, Abeokuta.

“It is a spectacle not only for our time but for generations to come."

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