“Women are the real architects of society,” The 21st century has seen Nigerian women achieve so much not just for themselves but in actions that have rippled positively across the country.
As we celebrate women in this month of March, SHUGABAN pays tribute to women who’ve played a key role in shaping our Movie Industry based on their actions, sacrifice, professionalism and their genuine dedication and love for their crafts. Their ambition has shown these filmmakers, Actresses, Producers, and Directors each played a part in shaping our country.
Mo Abudu – A Media Mogul/Media personality/Philanthropist.
Mo Ventured into filmmaking in 2014 with the record-breaking movie “Fifty”. She has become Auteur, who controls and influences all aspects of creative work. She also made history by becoming the first Nigerian to chair the international Emmy Awards (47th Edition).
Omoni Oboli – Actor/Scriptwriter/Director/Producer.
Omoni is regarded as one of the most talented filmmakers, she distinguished herself as a producer and director with her blockbuster movies like “Being Mrs. Elliot”, The First Lady, Wives on Strike and many others.
Kemi Adetiba – Filmmaker/ Director/ Produced.
Kemi became popular for her aesthetically pleasing and story-rich music and movies, her refreshing style made her an instant hit among top producers and directors in the country. An alumni of the New York Film Academy, her first film “The Wedding Party” was a hit amongst moviegoers in the country. it was the first film to gross over a million dollars from ticket sales.
Genevive Nnaji – Actor/Producer
The biggest news out of Nollywood last year was Netflix’s acquisition of Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut Lionheart; she co-wrote, produced and stars in the film. This confirmed what we have known for years but yet to see it materialize: Nollywood is going global. The film generated global buzz unlike any other Nollywood product and has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Variety and Essence magazine.
Tope Oshin – Director/ Producer/Screenwriter
There are few women who work harder than Tope Oshin in Nollywood. Last year, she directed Up North—the biggest film in Nollywood in terms of sheer scale. “In a single day, for example, we had 15,000 extras.” The Colorado Film School graduate may be more popular in her role as a film director, but she has a stellar portfolio as a producer, casting director, writer, and actor. It is this incredible portfolio that features Nigerian first legal drama Castle & Castle, MTV Shuga and The Wedding Party 2 that got her to be included on OkayAfrica’s 100 Women list in 2018 and becoming a juror for the International Emmy Awards.
Ema Edosio – Director/ Filmmaker
Ema joins this tradition of an impressive feature debut with the low-budget Kasala!. While Kasala! was not a big film, it was one of the most refreshing films of 2018 and shows that in Edosio, we have a unique talent that can tell compelling stories and get the best out of actors. The film, which won the Viewer’s Choice at the 2018 edition of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) was not accepted by Nigerian cinemas initially and it took touring several international festivals to convince distributors to give it a chance. One can only imagine what she will do with a bigger budget.
Mary Remmy Njoku – Actor/Filmmaker
Mary Remmy Njoku, a Nollywood actress popular for her role in Blackberry Babes, founded ROK Studios which produced the popular Husbands of Lagos and is responsible for the bulk of movies and series shown on iROKOtv.
Mildred Okwo – Film Producer/Director
With nearly two decades of experience in the Nollywood scene, Mildred Okwo is unarguably a force to be reckoned with in the Nollywood scene. Over the years, the filmmaker has earned her voice with notable films like ’30 Days’, ‘Suru L’ere’ and the multiple award-winning ‘The Meeting’. She is currently working on her presumed next big movie “La Femme Anjola” that is set to hit the cinemas soon.
Biodun Stephen – Director/Screenwriter
Biodun Stephen is a film director and screenwriter with credits for major romantic comedies and dramas including ‘Picture Perfect’, ‘The Visit’, ‘Ovy’s Voice’ and Africa Magic series ‘Unbroken’.
Jadesola Osiberu – Director/ Producer/Screenwriter
Jade is famous for web series and feature films like ‘Isoken’, ‘Sugar Rush’, Ndani TV’s ‘Gidi Up’, ‘Skinny Girl in Transit’ and her upcoming crime drama ‘The Nigerian Trade’.