Tunde Kelani’s Ayinla premiered in theatres in 2021 to critical and commercial acclaim. The musical starred Lateef Adedimeji in the lead role and told the story of Nigerian musician, Ayinla Omowura, who used Apala music to address issues of contemporary society – commending and criticizing various governmental and individual acts.
Ayinla had a good theatrical run, grossing over 90 million at the Nigerian box office. Now, the movie is poised to be available to a global audience with its Netflix deal.
Come May 20, Ayinla will join the ranks of other Nigerian movie titles, which after their theatrical run go up to a happier retirement in the bosom of the international streamer.
Alongside Adedimeji, Ayinla features Debo ‘Mr. Macaroni’ Adebayo, Bimbo Manuel, Ade Laoye, Bimbo Ademoye, Omowunmi Dada, and Kunle Afolayan (who doubles as executive producer) in supporting roles. The movie is directed by Tunde Kelani and produced by Jade Osiberu. It has an AMAA win for its Achievement in the Cinematography category.
Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:
Ayinla is a quick-tempered and promiscuous apala musician at the peak of his career. Ajala, a show promoter offers to take Ayinla and his apala group on tour in London as there has music has been on demand in London. While arrangements for the London trip are underway, Ayinla takes his manager, Bayewu’s girlfriend which leads to enmity between them. Ayinla decides to confront Bayowa in a bar leading to an unintended brawl and Ayinla’s untimely death.
Watch the trailer here: