Veteran filmmaker and storyteller who was recently appointed chairman of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has disclosed that his 2008 classic, Arugba, was inspired by the United Nations millennium development goals.
According to Kelani who made this known via his social media accounts, after uploading the full movie to YouTube, ten years after its production, said the movie is filled with messages of social change based on the identified goals.
However, the classic movie maker, said he panicked that Nigeria will not be on the list of few African countries who were going to meet the set goals in 2015.
“Unknown to the audience, the 10-year-old ARUGBÁ which starred Bùkó̩lá Awoyẹmí and Ṣé̩gun Adéfilá was inspired by the MDG program,” he said.
“Reading through a 45 page UN paper I panicked that Nigeria will not be on the list of few African countries who were going to meet the set goals in 2015.
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Arugba is 10 – that is official! Congratulations to all cast, crew, family, friends, audience, critics, press, my ardent supporters and benefactors who have kept me going. Imagine our cultural space without an ARUGBÁ! I appreciate you all and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. How I met Bukola Awoyemi (Arugba) and other stories to celebrate the anniversary will be available at: http://www.mainframemovies.tv/arugba-is-10/ You are invited to send your story, comment, questions or request for private screening around the Arugba at 10 Anniversary at www.mainframemovies.tv. Ire ni o. TK
“ARUGBÁ is loaded with messages of social change based on the identified goals. I have therefore pledged total commitment to SDG a set of 17 goals to transform our society through my work and other assignments at National and sub-national levels as a newly appointed SDG Champion.
Arugba was themed around the popular Osun-Osogbo festival but was aimed to mirror the Nigerian state, the corruption in the system, the economic reforms of that age, and the romance with foreign investors.
It draws parallels between a chief (governor or minister), who kicked against the gods, and the cabal in a bid to fight corruption and a king or president who fought the same on paper.
It also It asks social questions and called for reforms in the Nigerian system.
Kelanis classic won the Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for best costume design, Africa Movie Academy Award for best Nigerian film.