African Film Festival Black History Month Screening | Elder’s Corner

Elder’s Corner is a musical voyage of rediscovery told through the lives and work of Nigeria’s long forgotten and pioneering musicians.


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is proud to present the African Film Festival, Inc. Annual Black History Month film screening. This year’s film is Elder’s Corner is directed by Adesiji Awoyinka.

Elder’s Corner is a musical voyage of rediscovery. Filmmaker Siji Awoyinka pays tribute to the countless Nigerian musicians whose vibrant music — Juju, Afrobeat and everything in between — formed the cultural and political backdrop of the country’s march toward independence through the 1950s and ’60s. Watch the trailer here.

English and Yorubá with English subtitles | Nigeria, USA | Run time: 97 mins

Following the screening, join us for a talk back with director Adesiji Awoyinka.



Adesiji Awoyinka is a multidisciplinary aural and visual storyteller. Born in the UK to Nigerian parents, he spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before coming to the US to further pursue his musical ambitions. His music fuses elements of Soul, Jazz, Highlife, Afrobeat and Gospel music with traditional Yoruba rhythms drawn from his rich ancestral background. His critically acclaimed musical works, among them; God-given (BBE 2004), AdeSIJI (IVY 2008) and Home Grown (IVY 2014), have found appreciative audiences worldwide and continue to garner praise. Additionally, he has contributed songwriting and production talent to projects for the likes of Salif Keita, Cesaria Evora, Osunlade and Wunmi. In a bid to further broaden his creative vision, Adesiji took to directing and producing video’s and documentaries to help bring his musical compositions to life and to share part of his cultural history with a wider audience.

The African African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image. It offers diverse platforms for the wide distribution of African media through its flagship annual film festival and complimentary year-round programming. AFF is committed to increasing visibility and recognition for African media artists by introducing African film and culture to a broad range of audiences in the United States and abroad, bypassing economic, class and racial barriers. Learn more here.


ASL interpretation will be provided upon availability of interpreters. Live captioning is available for streaming programs. Additional accessibility requests can be made by e-mail


Image: Musician, Victor Olaiya


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Feb 22 2023


6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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