Chances are you haven’t heard of Akinnayajo Babatunde yet. But you will, oh you will. The Ibadan born filmmaker is slowly building himself an impressive portfolio filled with works like Bodhisattva and most recently, a three part series titled Sex. Known among his peers as Mr. Tunez Filmmaker, Tunez’s work is intriguing, and definitely worth a watch. We approached the talented young man for a bit of a chat on his life, ambitions and where he thinks the entertainment industry in Ibadan is heading.

When did you discover your passion for filmmaking?

Filmmaking for me started right from secondary school. My friends and I would write and create stage dramas, then we would beef them up with sound tracks strategically, put suspense filled queues just to keep our audience glued to their seats. However, I started professionally after taking a short film course in 2014.

What do you make of Ibadan as a prime location for the movie industry?

Quite frankly, Ibadan is a growing industry especially when it comes to filmmaking.  We have lots of filmmakers with potentials but of course, there is still the need to work harder. Entertainment in Ibadan is something that is bound to become a very lucrative venture.

In what ways has the city impacted your filmmaking career?

Ibadan is my home always and she has done a whole lot for me. My photography days started here; this is where I built my range of clients and where I chose to establish my brand. I shot my first music video here as well. Ibadan has been nothing but good to me.

What problems are usually associated with filmmaking?

Well, making movies is a capital intensive venture and the basic obstacle all filmmakers face is funding. Whether it’s a two-minute video or an hour film, it all requires good equipment, a capable crew and good editing. Funds affects all things from pre-production to post production and most of the other problems can be addressed when money is available.

As a director, what are the things you look out for during casting?

I tend to look for personality, their command of English, flexibility, talent and ability to interpret the role they audition for. For now, I am more interested in developing new talents since I cannot afford A-list artistes right now.

Any current/future projects in the works?

I just completed a 4 web series titled SEX (secret, enthrall and xenomania). Also, I'm working on a feature film with some stakeholders in the film industry and work on it has already started.

Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

Wow! That’s a big question. I see a big filmmaker breaking barriers and building bridges between Nollywood, Hollywood and other great film industries with the sole aim of promoting entertainment, world peace and other humanitarian needs.

How do you relax in Ibadan?

I relax by talking, gisting and hanging out with friends and family.

Do you like amala?

Yes I do. With agemawo and fish.

Do you plan to ever premier your movies in cinema's located here in Ibadan?

I would love to, however I have no plans yet.

What are some of the things people don’t know about you?

Well, I own a shoe brand called Tunez Shoes, I do voice over for adverts and jingles, I released an album with friends in 2007 and also, I am a teacher (lecturer) and a public speaker.

What do you love most about Ibadan?

The serene environment...the fact that the cost of living is very low. It's a very comfortable place to be.

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