Veteran Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani has resigned from his role as Head of the National Film and Video Censors Board because of the makeup of the board and what he cited as contradictions in the mentality of board members.
In a statement released by the respected filmmaker, he said: “I wish to announce to you my resignation as Chairman and Member of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).”
Tunde Kelani revealed that the contradictory mentality in the board was not something he was used to and would make it impossible for him to fulfil his role as head of the board.
“Within the last few months, I have found out that my life and career do not fit into this type of structure as presently constituted which cannot recognise its tasks talk less of trying to fulfil it.
“I have also discovered that within the short tenure, that meaningful change is not possible within this large group as constituted (52 in number). My entire life and career have never witnessed the contradictory mentality that is within the board which has made it impossible to make an attempt on the task for which we were constituted.
“As you know, I am not used to this type of negative behavioural manifestations, therefore, I have decided to quit now with my name and reputation intact. I need to spend my time and energy on productive, developmental, cultural, social and meaningful projects without unnecessary distractions.
Tunde Kelani was appointed to the role in December 2017 with other filmmakers, Joke Silva, Keppy Ekpenyong, Kehinde Soaga and others forming the 52-man board.
Tunde Kelani is behind projects like “Saworoide”, “Arugba”, “Ti Oluwa Ni Ile”, “Dazzling Mirage” among others.