Nollywood actor, Dimeji Lateef has revealed his excitement at been starred in Tunde Kelani’s movie “Ayinla”. The actor revealed he had always admired Tunde Kelani popularly referred to as TK and had hoped to get the smallest role in one of his movies.
During his interview at the premiere of the new movie, Dimeji Lateef said:
“I am happy. I am excited. This is more like a dream come true for me. TK has always one person I’ve wanted to work with since I was young. I’ve always prayed for a waka pass, but funny enough I didn’t get a waka pass, I got a major role.”
He also talked about the challenges of his character in the movie. As he had to portray the role of Ayinla, a musician who had died about 40 years ago without any form of proper visual documentation of his works and performance.
The 35 years old Nigerian actor, filmmaker, producer and director said:
“Ayinla is a legendary musical artist, Apala to be precise. I am not a musical person like that but this is more like a musical movie. And this is somebody that died like 40 years ago. So I probably do not have opportunity to even see him or know him and there were no recording of him or anything, so it’s basically me reading books or hearing from people then putting it all together. I wasn’t able to watch a video to see his mannerism, his character and all of that. So all was built on my own from what I have heard.”
Dimeji Lateef who has acted in over 100 Nollywood movies shot into limelight with his first major role in Yewande Adekoya’s 2013 movie titled “Kudi Klepto”.
Ayinla, a film directed by Tunde Kelani and produced by Jadesola Osiberu is a film that tells the story of Nigerian musician Ayinla Omowura who used Apala music to address issues of the contemporary society. Commenting and criticizing various governmental and individual acts. The movie was released on June 18, 2021.
Movie Director, Tunde Kelani is a renowned Nigerian filmmaker, storyteller, cinematographer and director. The 73 years old internationally acclaimed African filmmaker is famous for the directing/producing of award movies like Arugba (2009), Saworoide (1999), Maami (2011) to mention but a few. He is one of the most distinguished directors of the African continent.