Recently, late filmmaker, Adeyemi Afolayan AKA Ade Love, 20th remembrance ceremony was held on December 15, 2016, at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, where his movie “Kadara” (Destiny) which was first released in 1980, officially premiered at the event.
During the remembrance ceremony, Kunle Afolayan which is one of the sons of the late filmmaker, revealed that the family is setting up a foundation, The Ade Love Foundation, which is aimed at restoring classic Nigerian films.
In his words, “The major aim of this foundation is to try and help locate, identify and restore the Nigerian films stuck out there. There áre so many of them in UK and America,” he said. “When I went there, I saw the list of Nigerian films that are stuck there.”
According to the filmmaker, the pursuit to restore Ade Love’s films started over 12 years ago. “It’s a shame that we couldn’t get this done until 12 years after I started pursuing the idea of getting this films out,” he said. “It was difficult for the family because there was an outstanding debt of 9000 pounds that our father was owing the lab. More so, technology has also changed.”
On some of the challenges the family encountered, Kunle Afolayan said, “When we got there, they said “your father is owing 9000 pounds.” At that time, I think it was about 3 million naira, but, the family couldn’t raise it. But God has purpose and there is always a perfect time. When it was time, we were able to restore it.”
“It was stated there that if after certain years, the producer isn’t able to retrieve or restore their films, the films will be sold, and the producer cannot do anything. It’s in the law, the UK Law, and it was stated in some of the letters sent to my father.”
Kunle encouraged the audience, veterans in attendance including Jide Kosoko, Dele Odule, Yemi Solade, and thespians who starred in the 1980 “Kadara” to support the restoration of lost Nigerian films.
There is a filmmaking era unknown to most Nigerians, and the Afolayans are resurrecting that forgotten or unknown era.