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Category : Film

05 Feb 2018

Raising the Bar

How challenging has it been as a female film director and producer working in a maledominated field? I came back to this industry as a grown woman who worked as a lawyer in California for several years, so I do not think I had any time to notice if anyone thought I was female or not. Having survived in the United States as a Black female, then in law school as the only Black person in a class of 70 […]

02 Feb 2018

Thriving in a Male-Dominated Industry

Filmmaker/director par excellence, Remi Vaughan-Richards says she enjoys using drama as a tool to convey entertaining, as well as educative messages. She started out abroad in 1990, where she worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood then came back to Nigeria when she thought, “it was time to tell our stories.” She recently picked up an AMVCA award for Best Documentary for her six year labour of love, Faaji Agba–a documentary that explores highlife music in Nigeria. Well […]

02 Feb 2018

Using Documentary to Impact Africa Positively

You co-founded and are presently Executive Director of IREPRESENT International Documentary Film Forum, “an organization dedicated to promoting awareness about the power of documentary films to serve as a means of deepening and sharing social and cultural education, as well as encouraging participatory democracy in our societies.” With Africa as its prime focus, how have you been able to evaluate its direct impact on the continent? The wonderful thing about the documentary art form is that primarily it causes you […]

02 Feb 2018

Making Faces

Until now, special effect makeup practitioners were not given much recognition in the Nigerian film industry. What do you think is responsible for this new turn of events? Makeup artists in general weren’t given enough recognition. Initially, the industry was based mostly on straight to DVD type films with very few going into the cinemas. However, over the last few years we’ve had a rise of directors and producers who have their sights on international film festivals, cinema screenings and […]

02 Feb 2018

Leading Lady

Kemi ‘Lala!’ Akindoju is a graduate of Insurance from the University of Lagos and holds a Master’s degree in Media and Communication from the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos. This year, the actress, producer and singer, she won an Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award as Trail Blazer for her work in the Nigerian film and theatre industry. In 2010, Akindoju won a Future Award for Actor of the Year. Her first lead role in a movie was in Dazzling Mirage (2014) […]

02 Feb 2018

A Fine Gentle Man: O.C Ukeje

Okechukwu Chukwudi Ukeje, better known as O. C Ukeje, is Nigerian actor, model and musician who came into prominence after winning the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show for acting in 2006. He began his career while he was still in his first year at the University of Lagos, Akoka, where he studied Marine Science. He went on to pursue both music and acting, focusing mainly on acting in stage plays for the first four years of his career […]

02 Feb 2018

A Legend of the Reel

When you were at about 19 years old, you left Nigeria for England to study. Please tell us about this early period in your life including your successes and the difficulties you encountered on your journey in to acting. ‘Show business’ was entirely accidental. When I left here to study abroad, I was going to be a lawyer because it was conventional. It was on the eve of independence in 1960, and having a law degree got one not just […]

28 Mar 2016

Wale Ojo: Icon of the Screen

Wale Ojo has come a long way from a child actor to one of the most recognizable faces on African film and television. He chats with Oliver Enwonwu on his journey so far including his thoughts on the advances in technical standards in the industry and the future of Nollywood. You have enjoyed a lengthy career in the movie industry, from being on the first television station as a child to acting professionally in the UK, and being featured in […]

26 Mar 2016

Remi Vaughan-Richards: Playing the Boss

Filmmaker/director par excellence, Remi Vaughan-Richards says she enjoys using drama as a tool to convey entertaining, as well as educative messages. She started out in 1990, working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and then returned to Nigeria when she thought, “it was time to tell our stories.” She recently picked up an AMVCA award for Best Documentary for her 6-year labour of love, Faaji Agba, which explores highlife music in Nigeria. Well known for her versatility, Remi […]

26 Mar 2016

Femi Odugbemi: Playing the Boss

A filmmaker extraordinaire, Femi Odugbemi is also a screenwriter, cinematographer, director, photographer and producer. The name behind one of the most successful and well-viewed Nigerian soap operas, Tinsel, Odugbemi was born in the early 60s in Lagos. Among his other notable productions are the award-winning documentary Bariga Boys, and Abobaku, a short film directed by Niji Akanni, which emerged as the Most Outstanding Short Film at the Zuma Film Festival in 2010.  In 2013, you scripted, produced and directed a […]