Spotlight on Tunde Aladese

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Tunde Aladese is a screenwriter and performing artist from Nigeria, right now studying filmmaking in Berlin. Popular for her writing, and TV scripts, relatively few have perceived how gifted Tunde is as a performing artist. Viewers will get an opportunity to witness this powerhouse as she plays the lead part in Kenneth Gyang’s most recent film – The Lost Café. An account of renewed opportunities and self-love.

Tunde’s has worked in the Nigerian entertainment industry for over a decade. She worked professionally as a writer since 2003 when, after a stint with fledgling radio production company Wiring Africa, she was invited to participate in a workshop to develop the BBC/DFID radio drama series ‘Story Story’.

She was invited back to work on Season 2 of the series and then got the opportunity to cut her teeth on TV drama ‘The Station’, an NGO funded series set in a television news station and aired on the NTA network service, writing 3 of the 13 episodes of the season. In the second season of the series, she worked as Assistant Head Writer on the project, while also getting the opportunity to work on 2 seasons of MNet Nigeria local production ‘Edge of Paradise’, a family drama that aired across the sub-Saharan continent of Africa.

Over the next few years, Tunde worked on a number of different film and television projects in varying capacities- consulting, developing, or just writing- including the third Amstel Malta Box Office film – The Child, a period piece with fantasy elements set in the old Benin kingdom. She also found time to write Oluronbi, a musical for the stage based on a Yoruba folk tale, and join the writing team for the Nigerian Vagina Monologues, notably writing the popular monologues ‘Family Meeting’, ‘Re-Vulva’ and ‘Maintenance Culture’ amongst others.

In 2007, Tunde began work both as an associate producer on talk show Moments with Mo, working on the first 2 seasons, and as a writer on Tinsel, Nigeria’s first daily soap. In 2010, she became Script Editor on Tinsel and three months later had to take over as Head Writer when the position was vacated, while still juggling script editing duties. She served as Head Writer on the series for four years, vacating the position in September 2014.

Tunde’s work writing for the Nigerian Vagina Monologues led to an invitation to join the cast of the first run of performance in 2008, in both Lagos and Abuja. She was invited back for the 2010 performance. Her performances in these brought about an offer to play the part of Isabella in Kenneth Gyang’s film, Confusion Na Wa. The role led to a Best Supporting Actress win at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in New York in 2013 and an AMVCA 2015 Best Supporting Actress nomination.

We are eager to see Tunde’s performance in ‘The Lost Café’; a romantic movie produced by Regina Udalor and directed by Kenneth Gyang.

 

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