Maami

Director: Tunde Kelani
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2010
Running Time: 97 min.
Language: English and Yoruba

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Single parent, Maami, and her young son are desperately poor. Gifted with a living heart, enterprising spirit and brave soul, she is the center of her son’s world, until he longs for the father he has never known – a man with a terrible secret.

Set over a two-day period, leading to the 2010 World Cup, Maami is an inspiring story of a poor, conscientious single parent’s struggles to raise her only child, Kashimawo who eventually, rises to international stardom in an English football club, Arsenal, and becomes a national hero.

Adapted by Tunde Babalola, from Femi Osofisan’s novel of the same name, this film about love, perseverance and fate unfolds through Kashimawo’s reminiscences of his hardscrabble childhood in the southern Nigerian town, Abeokuta.

About the Director

Tunde Kelani

Biography: Tunde Kelani holds a diploma in the Art and Technique of Filmmaking from the London International Film School. After working many years in the Nigerian film industry as a cinematographer, he founded Mainframe Film & Television Productions, a company formed to document Nigeria’s rich culture.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.106)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
White Handkerchief (2004);
Saworoide [Brass Bells] (2004);
Thunderbolt: Magun (2001, 2004);
Agogo èèwò (2004, 2005);
The Campus Queen (2004);
The Narrow Path (2007);
Maami (2012).

Filmography:
Fopomoyo (1991 – Jimoh Aliu, Tunde Kelani);
Ti oluwa ni ile 1-3 (1993);
Ayo ni mo fe 1-2 (1994);
Kòseégbé (1995);
Ò le kù (1997);
White Handkerchief (1998);
Saworoide [Brass Bells] (1999);
Thunderbolt: Magun (2001);
Agogo èèwò (2002);
The Campus Queen (2003);
Agbako (2006);
The Narrow Path (2006);
Abeni 1-2 (2006);
Life in Slow Motion (2008);
Arugba (2010);
Maami (2010);
Dazzling Mirage (2015).