Veteran Nollywood actor, Kareem Adepoju, aka Baba Wande has been in an age-long tussle with movie producer Tunde Kelani on the epic movie Ti Oluwa Nile, which happened to be the big bang for Baba Wande and shot him into limelight.
In an interview with Tofarati Ige, Baba Wande speaks on his career, the movie industry and of course how he plans to settle the controversy on the movie with Tunde Kelani.
On his breakthrough movie
I really cannot single out a movie and say it was my breakthrough; I like all the movies I have taken part in. Before the advent of home videos, we had been acting in stage plays in different places. Some of the notable stage plays we did in those days included Orogun Adedigba, Ekuro Olaoja, Oba Igbalode, and many others. When film came, I acted with Hubert Ogunde in productions such as Aiye and Aropin n t’enia. I acted withTaiwo Hassan (Ogogo) in movies such as Omo Orukan. Personally, I also wrote scripts for movies such as Ti oluwa ni ile, among others.
Controversy on the rightful owner of the movie Ti oluwa ni ile
What actually happened is that I wrote the story and Tunde Kelani established a production company. He was the one who produced and financed the film. We both agreed that we would split the proceeds of the movies; he would take 70 per cent while I would take 30 per cent. The movie was in three parts but when it was time to make the second part, he (Kelani) said he wouldn’t give me anything out of the proceeds of the movie again. Till today, I have not gotten anything else from the movie.
Why the issue is taking long to get resolved
It cannot be resolved unless we go to court and make a lot of noise publicly. However, I don’t want anything to disturb me. I am not ready to go to court with him but our children may decide to do that in future. Our children are more exposed and they may want to exert their rights over the movie later.