The bond between the Lagos State Government and ace filmmaker, Tunde Kelani’s Mainframe Film and Television Productions gets stronger. The award winning filmmaker’s filmed play; Yeepa has received the nod of the Executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Babatunde Fashola (SAN) to screen the satire free to all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in a mobile cinema show across the state.
In a letter addressed to all the Executive Secretaries of all the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas, by the Permanent Secretary, Local Government Affairs and signed by a Director in the Ministry, G.O Onafeko, the mobile cinema show would commence on Monday, January 19 and runs till Tuesday, February, 2014. The Executive Secretaries were urged to give maximum support to Mainframe; the theme of Yeepa, according to the Permanent Secretary is of importance and sustenance of peace in Lagos State. While the film show will be at no cost to the Local Governments and LCDAs, concerned officials are expected to provide space, either indoor or outdoor that can conveniently seat a minimum of 500 people, provide chairs to seat the same capacity, adequate security and other necessary logistics. It could be recalled that in 2009, the Lagos State Government and Kelani’s Mainframe collaborated to screen Arugba across the 57 LGs and LCDAs.
Yeepa, one of the attempts by Kelani to retrieve Yoruba classics features a hybrid of traditional theatre artistes, trained actors and a handful of Nollywood stars with Niji Akanni as the Artistic Director. The ‘filmed drama’ depicts Isola (Bayo Bankole) a rascally and unreliable man who is mistaken for the formidable Public Complaints Commissioner, Solarin, by the corrupt officials of the Local Government Council.
His presence causes anxiety and panic among the officials, and they make desperate efforts to out-do each other so as to pacify the visitor. The flurry of activities to cover their misdeeds exposes the high level of corruption and rot prevalent in the local council. Isola is therefore generously bribed and accorded the reception that befits the status of a man of importance. The discovery of the mistaken identity coincides with the arrival of the real Public Complaints Commissioner.
Speaking on the initiative, Kelani said: “For me, my passion is to take cinemas to the physical audience and just as the same thing as growing the cinema’s audience. From this experience, Nigerians will once again witness the rebirth of the cinema industry.
The involvement of Lagos State, he said, confirms the state as the entertainment capital of Nigeria and in line with the policy of the State’s investment in entertainment. Lagos’ investment in the entertainment industry is huge and it is only expedient that the government keys into such a lofty project.’’
Find below the schedule for FREE Cinema shows in all Local Government Areas in Lagos State from Monday, 19, January, 2015.
Asked what the audience should expect, he said: “Yeepa! It’s a comedy, a social satire. People will come and laugh but we are also looking at the theme of corruption and good governance in a good manner.”
SCHEDULE FOR FREE CINEMA SHOWS IN ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS IN LAGOS STATE
SHOMOLU Monday, 19 January 2015 I MUSHIN Monday, 19 January 2015
AGBOYI KETU Monday, 19 January 2015 I BARIGA Tuesday, 20 January 2015
ODI OLOWO Tuesday, 20 January 2015 I KOSOFE Tuesday, 20 January 2015
OSHODI Wednesday, 21 January 2015 I SURULERE Wednesday, 21 January 2015
IKOSI ISHERI Wednesday, 21 January 2015 I ISOLO Thursday, 22 January 2015
COKER – AGUDA Thursday, 22 January 2015 I IKOSI EJINRIN: Thursday, 22 January 2015
ITIRE IKATE: Friday, 23 January 2015 I BADAGRY: Sunday, 25 January 2015
EJIGBO: Sunday, 25 January 2015 I ORI-ADE: Sunday, 25 January 2015
BADAGRY WEST: Monday, 26 January 2015 I ALIMOSHO: Monday, 26 January 2015
AMUWO ODOFIN: Monday, 26 January 2015 I OLORUNDA: Tuesday, 27 January 2015
EGBE IDIMU: Tuesday, 27 January 2015 I AJEROMI: Tuesday, 27 January 2015
OTO AWORI: Wednesday, 28 January 2015 I IGANDO IKOTUN: Wednesday, 28 January
IFELODUN: Wednesday, 28 January 2015 I IBA: Thursday, 29 January 2015
MOSAN OKUNOLA: Thursday, 29 January 2015 I APAPA IGANMU: Thursday, 29 January 2015
OJO: Friday, 30 January 2015 I AYOBO IPAJA: Friday, 30 January 2015
APAPA: Friday, 30 January 2015 I LAGOS ISLAND: Sunday, 1 February 2015
IKEJA: Sunday, 1 February 2015 I AGEGE: Sunday, 1 February 2015
LAGOS ISLAND EAST: Monday, 2 February 2015 I ONIGBONGBO: Monday, 2 February 2015
ORILE AGEGE: Monday, 2 February 2015 I LAGOS MAINLAND: Tuesday, 3 February 2015
IFAKO IJAYE: Tuesday, 3 February 2015 I AGBADO OKEODO: Tuesday, 3 February 2015
YABA: Wednesday, 4 February 2015 I OJODU: Wednesday, 4 February 2015
OJOKORO: Wednesday, 4 February 2015 I IJEDE: Friday, 6 February 2015
IMOTA: Friday, 6 February 2015 I IRU-VICTORIA ISLAND: Friday, 6 February 2015
IGBOGBO BAYEKU: Saturday, 7 February 2015 I EPE: Saturday, 7 February 2015
ETI –OSA: Saturday, 7 February 2015 I IKORODU CENTRAL: Sunday, 8 February 2015
EREDO: Sunday, 8 February 2015 I ETI -OSA EAST: Sunday, 8 February 2015
IKORODU NORTH: Monday, 9 February 2015 I LEKKI: Monday, 9 February 2015
IKOYI OBALENDE: Monday, 9 February 2015 I IKORODU WEST: Tuesday, 10 February 2015
IBEJU: Tuesday, 10 February 2015