Kunle Afolayan and his family celebrated the 20 years remembrance of his father, Adeyemi Afolayan, A.k.a Ade Love last week. Ade Love is someone who has contributed immensely to the development of theater and cinema in Nigeria. During the ceremony, there were some things that happened that is worth highlighting. One of them is:
- Settling of the differences between ATNP and TAMPAN. The issue between Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners ANTP and its breakaway faction, Theatre Arts & Movie Practitioners Association of NigeriaTAMPAN came up. Kunle Afolayan expressed his displeasure and mentioned that his late father won’t be happy about the segregation in the association that used to be one. He explained severally that he didn’t know why he brought the matter up but may be the spirit of his father wanted it to be a part of the remembrance ceremony.
Kunle Afolayan called the leaders and stakeholders of the two associations and pleaded that they settle their differences. They listened to him and promised to settle their differences. Dele Odule who is the leader of the breakaway faction, TAMPAN declared that they him and his members will ‘drop their arms and sheath their swords’ to become one with the other group. Hence, a board will be set in motion to make this happen.
- Performance of a song in Ade Love’s movie ‘Iya ni wura’ by Kunle Afolayan, his brothers and grand children. Kunle, Gabriel Afolayan and two of his brothers re-enacted the scenario in the movie. They also wore the costume their father wore in the movie.
3. Nine of his ten wives were present. The late Ade Love married 10 wives although some people claimed he had about 13 wives. At the celebration, nine of the 12 wives were in attendance. Kunle Afolayan’s Father amongst other things, left a legacy of love and unity. This was present at the event as all the wives sat side by side. The women were not just Adeyemi Afolayan’s wives but they were actors while some of them were crew members on the set of Ade Love’s movies.
4. Major cast and crew of the movie, Kadara, by Ade Love, were present at the national Theatre, Igamu, to watch the movie after thirty-six years. Some of the cast include, Lere Paimo, Adebayo Salami, Jimoh Aliyu and three of Ade Love’s Wives.
All of these happened to honour Ade Love, a Theatre and cinema icon in Africa.