By Jonathan Shume, in Yaounde
Nigeria’s most decorated filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, has received another trophy.
TK was awarded the Ecran d’Honneur, the top film award given for lifetime achievement in Francophone Africa.
He received the award July 13, 2018 at the 22nd edition of the prestigious Ecrans Noirs Film Festival which opened at the Palais Congress, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
This year’s edition of the Festival, screening a range of films with diverse themes from across the continent, runs from July 13 to July 20, 2018.
Notable previous recipients of the Ecran d’Honneur have included Gaston Kabore, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Cheick Oumar Sissoko and Olu Jacobs.
“I feel truly honoured and charge African Filmmakers, young and old, currently facing economic challenges to seize advantage of rapidly evolving digital technology to keep the flag of African Cinema flying”, TK said on receiving the honour.
Founded in 1997 by Ecrans Noirs, the Ecrans Noirs Festival aims to promote and promote cinemas in Africa and the Black World.
In 2008, it became a competitive festival highlighting numerous awards and talents; it is one of the essential annual events of the Cinematic arts in Central Africa.
According to the Festival website, it is also an opportunity for amateurs and professionals of the 7th art to reconnect with the film, meet actors and directors stars of the continent, enrich all the ancillary activities developed outside the projection rooms (training workshops, professional meetings and other cultural activities that will take place at the festival village in Yaoundé.