70-year old veteran Nollywood producer, Tunde Kelani, became a recipient of the esteemed Ecran d’Honneur at the recently held 22nd Ecrans Noirs Film Festival which opened at the Paris Congress, Yaoundé, Cameroon on July 13.
The Ecran d’Honneur is an out of competition award that is given to any African director, producer or actor for an entire career work. Previous recipients include Gaston Kabore, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Olu Jacobs, the late Idrissa Ouedraogo and many more.
The iconic movie producer has been very influential in raising top producers in Nollywood today and in making the industry what it is today.
Speaking on the latest addition to his impressive award collection, Kelani said, “I feel truly honoured and charge African Filmmakers, young and old, currently facing economic challenges to seize advantage of rapidly evolving digital technology to keep the flag of African Cinema flying. God bless you all.”
The Ecrans Noir Film Festival is organised by the Black Screens and aims to circulate cinematographic creations of six countries in Central Africa (Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Chad).