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Pulse Movie List 8 Facts about Francis Oladele

The legendary filmmaker who passed on Monday, 22 June, 2015 was a major contributor to the development of the Nigerian film industry. Here are some things you should know about him.

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The film producer passed on a few days after Village Headmaster’s Femi Robinson. play

The film producer passed on a few days after Village Headmaster’s Femi Robinson.

(The Centenary Project)

The late Francis Adetunji Oladele was laid to rest on Wednesday 1 July, 2015 at his home in Lapiti Estate, Oyo. The legendary filmmaker who passed on Monday, 22 June, 2015 was a major contributor to the development of the Nigerian film industry.

Here’s a list of some of his accomplishments.

1. Oladele worked as a photojournalist for the Daily Times of Nigeria and had two columns with the paper.

2. He studied photography at the New York Institute of Photography.

3. When he returned to Nigeria from his time abroad, he was appointed as the first African head of the film unit of Western Nigeria Television, Ibadan.

4. In September, 1965, he found the first private film production company in Nigeria called Calpenny-Nigeria Films Limited.

Francis Oladele in 1969. play

Francis Oladele in 1969.

(The Centenary Project)

 

5. The Oyo born creative is know for his adaptation of novels into film. 

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6. He produced the first indigenous film in Nigeria in 1969/70. This film was an adaptation of Professor Wole Soyinka‘s play 'Kongi’s Harvest'. 

7. He produced a screen adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ in 1971 with the title 'Bullfrog In The Sun’. He also did an adaptation of ‘No Longer at Ease’.

'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe, published in 1958. play

'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe, published in 1958.

(Penguin)

 

8. The motion picture maker produced documentaries for the United Nations. He did a feature for the organization about a story centred on the war in Congo. The UN also sponsored his documentary on the late General Murtala Mohammed.  

The pioneer filmmaker would have been 83 on 30 August, 2015. May his soul rest in peace.

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