Kunle Afolayan is a busy filmmaker! Or maybe we're finally noticing…
In addition to his using his name to push the $100,000 Afrinolly Short Film Competition, as well as prepping to direct the $2 million thriller October 1, to shoot in March, the Nigerian film maker has reportedly partnered with subscription-based AfricaMagic Yoruba to launch a new documentary series titled Isedale.
According to Nigerian Entertainment Today, the series will comprise of 26 episodes, each focusing on different elements of Yoruba culture.
AfricanMagic Yoruba is was launched in March 2010, and is available to DStv subscribers on channel 118 and runs 12 hours daily. While its programs are in Yoruba language, there are English subtitles available for some programming for non-Yoruba speaking audiences.
Isedale, the doc series, was commissioned by DStv, began airing this month on the channel, and has apparently been very well received – so much that the channel has moved the series to primetime, which means it'll reach a wider audience.
Afolayan, himself Yoruba, says that his aim with the series was to "bring back the lost glory of our heritage."
A rep for the network added that, in the work, it's clear that Afolayan "understands the value of culture, tradition and legacy," stating that the series "plays a vital role in keeping Yoruba culture alive for a new generation."
The Yoruba people are one of the largest ethnic groups of Sub-Saharan Africa, with a rich, vast history (religion, philosophy, mythology, empires, kingdoms, etc) going back centuries. A 26-episode docu-series likely won't even cover all of it.
But I hope I'll get a chance to check this out. No word on whether it'll travel or be available online for international audiences… eventually.