Women In Film: Ace Nollywood Female Directors

Nollywood has come to stay. It has grown immensely even to a point that talents are being discovered on a daily basis. the saying that what a man can do, a woman can do even better presents its self here as we will talk about female Nollywood directors in Nigeria. this list is in no particular order.

We will begin our countdown with the Late. Amaka Igwe who set the pace for female directors. Uzoamaka Audrey Igwe was a Nigerian filmmaker and broadcasting executive. Igwe was the owner of Top Radio 90.9 Lagos and Amaka Igwe Studios. she was recognized as one of the second-generation filmmakers who helped begin the video film era of Nigerian cinema. She remained a prominent figure in the industry until her death in 2014.

Igwe won a number of awards during her career. In 2011, Nigeria recognized her substantial efforts and immense contributions to the creative industry by awarding her with the Nigerian National Order of ‘”MFR,” which stands for “Member of The Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

On 2 January 2020, Google celebrated her 57th birthday with a Google Doodle

Tope Oshin

Born Temitope Oshin on the 10th of June 1979. She studied economics at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, but left the course to study Public Administration, and then Theatre Arts, TV & Film Production at Lagos State University. She became more interested in filmmaking and later studied Film Production, and Cinematography at Colorado Film School of the Community College of Aurora, Denver, and Met Film School, Ealing Studios, London respectively. Tope is also an alumnus of ‘Talents Durban’ and Berlinale Talent a networking summit of select outstanding creatives from the world of film and drama series across the globe. she has a lot of movies to her credit which includes Up North, wedding party and many more she also has Tinsel and Shuga series to her credit. Tope has won for her self a lot of Awards.

Kemi Adetiba

Born in Lagos on 8 January 1980, Kemi Adetiba started her journey into the media as a young child where she headlined two national television commercials for the iconic detergent brand OMO, toeing the path of her father, Dele Adetiba, a veteran in the advertising and broadcast industries who played a pivotal role in the development in Nigeria. Kemi has Wedding party and king of boys to her credit in filmography and a host of music videos. Kemi has won several awards.

Mildred Okwo

Mildred is a Nigerian film director and producer, studied Theater Arts at the University of Benin. She is also a US-trained lawyer. She has 30 days, The Meeting and Surulere, she was nominated for the Best Director award at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards. In 2012 she directed the romance comedy-drama film The Meeting which won several awards including Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Africa Movie Academy Awards and Nollywood Movies Awards.

Emem Isong

Emem was born on 5 September and is from the Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from the University of Calabar. Isong obtained a diploma in computer science from the Computer Science Institute is a Nigerian screenwriter, film producer, and director. She has become known primarily for films in the English language and is a dominant figure in that industry. Her second directed feature, Code of Silence, which deals with rape in Nigeria, was released in 2015. She has written or produced for films such as Reloaded, Breaking Point, She-Devil, A Minute To Midnight, PlayBoy, Private Sin, Master Stroke, Rumours, Shattered Illusion, and Promise Me Forever and Emotional Crack, the latter of which was screened at the African Film Festival in New York City. She has also won several awards.

Akindele Bello (Jenifa)

Akindele was born on August 24, 1977, in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. Funke obtained an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the former Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, and got a Law degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba. Akindele came into the limelight after starring in popular United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-sponsored sitcom I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002. Funke played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. Funke Akindele’s big break came in 2008 when she appeared in the movie Jenifa, and she has over a hundred movies to her credit. Jenifa has won so many awards.

Michelle Bello

Bello was born in September 1982 to Abdullahi Dominic and Sylviane Bello. Bello is of Nigerian, French, African-American and Congolese descent. She spent her early years in Lagos, Nigeria, attending nursery and primary school and at the age of eight, left for England where she obtained both her GCSE and A-level certificate. It was while growing up in England that she discovered her passion for film making and never looked back. After graduating from the American University in 2005, she moved back to Nigeria to pursue her dreams of becoming a film producer/director. In 2007, Bello worked with prominent TV producer and presenter Mo Abudu as an Associate Producer on her hit MNet TV show Moments with Mo. Soon after, she produced the award-winning music video Greenland for well-known artist and photographer T.Y. Bello. Here are some of her movies sheltered. small boy and flower girl.

Stephanie Okere Linus

Stephanie Okereke was born in Ngor Okpala, Imo State. She completed her primary & secondary education in Delta State. She studied at the University of Calabar, in Cross River State, where she graduated with a degree in English and Literary Studies. Already during her teenage years in 1997, she starred in two Nollywood movies, Compromise 2 and Waterloo. During the 2002 Most beautiful girl in Nigeria beauty pageant, Okereke reached 2nd place. A year later in 2003, Okereke won two awards, out of the eight nominations she received, at the 2003 Reel Awards for ‘Best Actress – English’ and ‘Best Actress of the year 2003’. After graduating from the New York Film Academy in 2007, Okereke released the movie Through the Glass in which she served as director, scriptwriter, producer, and ac The film received an Africa Movie Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay in 2009. In 2014, she released another movie, Dry and again served as a director, scriptwriter, producer, and actress which won many awards including 12th Africa Movie Academy Awards and 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards best movie overall movie with the prize of a brand new car. Okereke has starred in over 90 movies.

Omoni Oboli

A Nigerian actress, born April 2nd, 1978 in the ancient town of Benin city, Edo, but originally from Delta state. She graduated from the prestigious University of Benin where she studied foreign language( majored in french) and graduated with a second class upper honors.  Married to Nnamdi Oboli and blessed with three lovely sons.

 Omoni a trained Scriptwriter, Producer, Director, and philanthropist, began her journey in the movie industry in 1996, with her first role in the movie Bitter Encounter and has since not looked back in her chosen career. she has played lead roles in mainstream films, including The Figurine (2009), Anchor Baby (2010), Being Mrs. Elliot, and Fifty (2015). She is also the first actress from Nollywood to win Best Actress in two international festivals,(that are not organized by Nigerians or Africans), in the same year (2010). This she did at the Harlem International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Movie Awards for her lead role in the movie Anchor Baby.the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards.

In 2014, she won Big Screen Actress of the Year award, at the 2014 ELOY Awards, for her movie Being Mrs. Elliott. In 2015, Omoni was awarded the Sun Nollywood “Personality of the Year”.She has directed several movies such as Being Mrs. Elliott, The First Lady, Wives on Strike, Okafor’s Law and her latest movie Love is war.

Uduak Isong Oguamanam

Uduak Isong Oguamanam is a Nigerian Nollywood scriptwriter, producer, and entrepreneur based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is best known for the comedy films Okon Lagos and its sequel Okon Goes To School, Lost In London and Desperate Housegirls. Falling is Isong Oguamanam’s first film under her own production company Closer Pictures, based in Lagos, 

 Her sister is Nollywood director and producer Emem Isong Misodi. Isong Oguamanam studied Communication Arts and Russian languages from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

She has a master’s degree in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester She also has a Diploma in French from Alliance Francaise, Lagos, Nigeria.  Isong Oguamanam began writing prose and poetry. She ventured into film “when it looked like it was the more lucrative thing to do. Her early films were produced through Royal Arts Academy, Lagos, owned by her sister, Emem Isong Misodi.

Isong Oguamanam set up Closer Pictures, Lagos. Falling is the first film produced under Closer Pictures. Falling tells the story of love and betrayal. The budget for Falling was 10 million Nigerian Naira.

In 2010, Isong Oguamanam directed her first film To Live Again. It was adapted from her short story which was published by Farafina magazine based in Lagos. Isong Oguamanam has attended training and film-related events. She attended the Berlinale Talent Campus, in Berlin, Germany as a result of her screenplay Unfinished Business.

In 2012, Isong Oguamanam was chosen by the British Council, Nigeria to the UK-Nigeria creative world partnership program, in London, UK.She also attended workshops at Raindance in the UK

In 2006, Isong Oguamanam was awarded the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.