Osun has commissioned Spike Lee for a movie on Awolowo

The Osun government has begun production on  a movie about the life of late politician, premier of the Western Region and Yoruba icon, Obafemi Awolowo. The state’s commissioner for home affairs, tourism and culture, Sikiru Adetona Ayedun revealed this during the annual first quarter ministerial press briefing in Osogbo.

The clincher: the movie will be directed by Oscar-nominated director, producer and writer, Spike Lee.

“Our ministry is also working on a film, ‘Adayeba,’ that depicts the degeneration suffered by Africans from the invasion of the strangers and which eventually led to our acculturation. This too is at an advanced stage.” Ms. Ayedun said.  “(Also), the Oranmiyan staff in Ile- Ife has been rehabilitated with cultural landscaping at the base of the staff. The present administration broke the jinx of the desired development that has eluded the Olumirin Waterfalls at Erin-Ijesa. We have constructed a pedestrian bridge at the site to make it easier for tourists and researchers to climb over to the other side of the falls.”

The historic movie is according to the commissioner, one of the initiatives of Governor Aregbesola to ensure that “arts, culture and tourism are accorded the desired attention as potential local and foreign exchange earners for the state.”