A Tribe Called Judah: Aladepekun’s Leadership – A Catalyst for Cinematic Success and Community Development.

In the pulsating world of Nollywood, where creativity meets the big screen, Funke Akindele’s recent cinematic triumph with “A Tribe Called Judah” stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and the often overlooked influence of good traditional leadership. The movie, released on December 15th, 2023, not only etched its name in Nigeria’s cinematic history but also soared to unprecedented heights, grossing over 1 billion naira in cinemas nationwide and beyond.

The success story, however, transcends the glitz and glamour of the silver screen, finding its roots in the heart of Eredo LCDA in the Epe Division. A sprawling community became an unsung hero in the narrative, and at its helm was the revered Aladepekun of Odo-Egiri Kingdom, HRM Oba Musiliu Oliwo.

In a gracious gesture of gratitude, Funke Akindele paid a visit to the community, capturing a moment that resonates far beyond the confines of movie credits. The images of Aladepekun and the actress went viral, encapsulating a poignant exchange between two ambassadors of community and national development.

Amidst the chaotic tales of movie shoots plagued by disruptive behaviours and local louts elsewhere, the serene success of shooting “A Tribe Called Judah” in the ancient Odo-Egiri community is a testament to the quality leadership of Aladepekun. His ability to navigate the movie shoots seamlessly, without a hitch from anyone, underscores the critical role of traditional leadership in fostering a conducive environment for creativity to flourish.

The prevalence of disruptive behaviours by “area boys” during movie productions in Lagos and other states in Nigeria is a daunting challenge that has plagued filmmakers for years. From damaged equipment to illegal levies, the industry has faced numerous setbacks due to these extortions, leading to increased production time and budgets.

In stark contrast, the Odo-Egiri kingdom, under the peaceful orchestration of Aladepekun, stands as a shining example. The absence of confrontations, physical or virtual, between filmmakers and louts is a stark departure from the norm. The peaceful atmosphere championed by the traditional ruler has not only safeguarded film productions but has also eliminated risks to the safety of the filmmakers.

The Chief Press Secretary of Eredo LCDA, Mr. Jubril Idris and other residents of the community expressed high praise and admiration for the giant strides of Aladepekun, recognizing him as a beacon of hope for the transformative impact that the right leadership can have. His peaceful disposition, in their opinion, not only maintained the psychological balance for the cast and crew on set but also positioned the community as a haven for future movie shoots in the Nollywood industry.

The story of Aladepekun and “A Tribe Called Judah” transcends the silver screen; it is a testament to the profound impact that good traditional leadership can have on the cultural and economic tapestry of a community.

 

Aladepekun’s legacy stands tall, not just as a custodian of tradition but as a visionary leader who understands the symbiotic relationship between art and community, creating a harmonious blend that resonates far beyond the confines of cinema halls.

 

 

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde

I am Kaka Babatunde, a budding academic researcher and media enthusiast whose experience in the media industry spans 3 years under @Ekohotblog as a field reporter. I'm a writer, serial volunteer, and community and youth development enthusiast whose collaborative efforts have immensely contributed to nation-building in Epe LGA, Lagos.

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