Kelani’s ‘Yeepa’ On Tour Of Lagos 57 Councils

The bond between the Lagos State Government and ace filmmaker, Tunde Kelani’s Mainframe Film and Television Productions continues to wax stronger.

The award winning filmmaker’s filmed play; ‘Yeepa’ has received the nod of the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola  (SAN) to screen the satire free to all the 20 local governments and 37 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 the LCDAs by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of  Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and signed by a director in the ministry, G.O Onafeko, the mobile cinema show would commence on Monday, 19th January 2015 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 20 LGs and 37 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.’’

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

MUSHIN
Monday, 19 January 2015

AGBOYI KETU
Monday, 19 January 2015

BARIGA
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

ODI OLOWO
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

KOSOFE
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

OSHODI
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

SURULERE
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

IKOSI ISHERI
Wednesday, 21 January 2015

ISOLO
Thursday, 22 January 2015

COKER – AGUDA
Thursday, 22 January 2015

IKOSI EJINRIN
Thursday, 22 January 2015

ITIRE IKATE
Friday, 23 January 2015

BADAGRY
Sunday, 25 January 2015

EJIGBO
Sunday, 25 January 2015

ORI-ADE
Sunday, 25 January 2015

BADAGRY WEST
Monday, 26 January 2015

ALIMOSHO
Monday, 26 January 2015

AMUWO ODOFIN
Monday, 26 January 2015

OLORUNDA
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

EGBE IDIMU
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

AJEROMI
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

OTO AWORI
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

IGANDO IKOTUN
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

IFELODUN
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

IBA
Thursday, 29 January 2015

MOSAN OKUNOLA
Thursday, 29 January 2015

APAPA IGANMU
Thursday, 29 January 2015

OJO
Friday, 30 January 2015

AYOBO IPAJA
Friday, 30 January 2015

APAPA
Friday, 30 January 2015

LAGOS ISLAND
Sunday, 1 February 2015

IKEJA
Sunday, 1 February 2015

AGEGE
Sunday, 1 February 2015

LAGOS ISLAND EAST
Monday, 2 February 2015

ONIGBONGBO
Monday, 2 February 2015

ORILE AGEGE
Monday, 2 February 2015

LAGOS MAINLAND
Tuesday, 3 February 2015

IFAKO IJAYE
Tuesday, 3 February 2015

AGBADO OKEODO
Tuesday, 3 February 2015

YABA
Wednesday, 4 February 2015

OJODU
Wednesday, 4 February 2015

OJOKORO
Wednesday, 4 February 2015

IJEDE
Friday, 6 February 2015

IMOTA
Friday, 6 February 2015

IRU-VICTORIA ISLAND
Friday, 6 February 2015

IGBOGBO BAYEKU
Saturday, 7 February 2015

EPE
Saturday, 7 February 2015

ETI -OSA
Saturday, 7 February 2015

IKORODU CENTRAL
Sunday, 8 February 2015

EREDO
Sunday, 8 February 2015

ETI -OSA EAST
Sunday, 8 February 2015

IKORODU NORTH
Monday, 9 February 2015

LEKKI
Monday, 9 February 2015

IKOYI OBALENDE
Monday, 9 February 2015

IKORODU WEST
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

IBEJU
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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