The Nigerian Film Industry- The young-ish, smart and gifted
Nollywood Is increasingly growing over time especially with young filmmakers and directors refreshing the film scene. It’s safe to say the Nigerian film industry has been extremely competitive and the industry needs more captivating and quality films in such a modern era. Although one could say our previous films in the Nigerian industry have been lacking in areas including motion graphic and effects but in such a millennial era there’s room for improvement. Now there are a couple of new sheriffs in town that are paving the way for aspiring filmmakers. Here are a few directors and filmmakers to look out for:
Dare Olaitan: the 25 year old unassuming director of the “Ojukokoro” (Greed) film released in March 2017 is very skilled with his plot twists and cast ensemble. The movie Ojukokoro was really strikingly captivating with the witty lines in profound scenes. The scenes reflect society by using languages frequently which is pleasant to watch. He is currently directing Lagos Big boys on Ndani Tv .
Nadine Ibrahim: the remarkable 23 year old writer and director is an artist who really knows how to grasp the attention of her audience. In her short film “Through her eyes” she touches on a very delicate topic of Boko Haram telling a story through the eyes of a 12 year old suicide bomber. The short film was featured in two international film festivals and made it as a semi-finalist at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival.
Uche Aguh: The Nigerian filmmaker who grew up both in Texas and Nigeria wanting to be a doctor but landed in the film industry is incredibly daring and developed a passion for stories without artistic limitations. His first short film is a modern day Nigerian love story which he describes as a love story to his mother. Although his parents wanted him to pursue a medical career and didn’t support him at first, they do send encouraging texts from time to time.
Ruyi Irabor: The passionate and driven director and writer Mr Maverick who grew up in Nigeria and California has released a couple of Web series, short films and documentaries like his Exodus and Color me blind short film. He uses humor, diversity, thought provoking lines and takes fascinating shots and uses unique angles in his masterpieces. It has been selected for AFRIFF and other international awards.
Imoh Umoren: The man of the hour with up to 4 feature films such as Happyness Limited, Lemon Green, children of the mud and Have a nice day. He is an exceptional cinematographer in Nigeria, he has directed projects for MTN and MTV. In 2014 he won his first African Magic Viewers Choice Award for his experimental film “Hard Times”. He really addressed the impending issue of child homelessness in Nigeria in his film “children of mud”.