Tunde Kelani’s ‘Ayinla’ won its first international award at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles, which just ended.
The film, which is based on the final events leading up to the death of Apala singer Ayinla Omowura, won the festival’s ‘Programmers’ Award’ for Narrative Feature.
Producer Jade Osiberu took to Instagram to express her delight at the huge recognition, while also announcing the film’s Netflix debut.
“Some great news from @greohstudios 2021 film, in partnership with the legendary @tkelani . Ayinla won big at the Pan African Film Festival a few weeks ago and is FINALLY coming to Netflix in 3 days,” Osiberu wrote.
Remember that the hit film was recently licensed by Netflix and is set to premiere on the streaming service on May 20, 2022.
The period drama stars Lateef Adedimeji as the titular character and Debo ‘Mr. Macaroni’ Adebayo, Bimbo Manuel, Ade Laoye, Bimbo Ademoye, Omowunmi Dada, and Kunle Afolayan (who doubles as executive producer), is set in the 1980s in the weeks leading up to the singer’s shocking death.
Despite only being released in 33 cinemas, ‘Ayinla’ had a successful theatrical run, grossing over N70 million at the box office. The box office success of the Kelani-directed film was followed by award nominations and an AMAA win in the ‘Achievement in Cinematography’ category.