How female filmmakers have taken over Nigerian movie industry

How female filmmakers have taken over Nigerian movie industry

How female filmmakers have taken over Nigerian movie industry

Ghazali Ibrahim

Today is International Women’s day and like many of their counterparts across the globe, Nigeria women have proven that they deserve to be celebrated for their hardwork, resilience and the can-do spirit they are known for.

In celebration of this year’s IWD, BlackBox Nigeria brings you the leading filmmakers in the Nigerian movie industry globally known as Nollywood. It is however quite ironical that at the moment, more than 90% of the biggest winners at the box office are females.

In no particular order, BlackBox Nigeria lists the biggest Nigerian movie amazons…

Funke Akindele

At the last check, Funke Akindele’s most recent blockbuster, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ has sold atleast 1.4 billion Naira at the cinema, a record that has elicited a congratulatory message even from the Nigerian president. It is even more interesting that the second highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time is ‘Battle on Buka Street’ while the third highest grossing is ‘Omo Ghetto The Saga’ all produced by the enigmatic Funke Akindele. But Funke Akindele better known as Jenifa hasn’t always been this prolific filmmaker that is now internationally acclaimed. Following her well liked role as Bisi in the UN sponsored 90s series, ‘I need to know’, the Lagos born trained lawyer went on to hustling for movie roles, staring in some and has now become the iconic filmmaker.
Not even personal challenges on the home front could hold back Ms Akindele as she continues to chart a course for herself as the best thing to have happened to Nollywood, well in terms of sales.

Mo Abudu

With movies like ‘The Wedding Party’ duology, ‘Chief Daddy’, ‘Fifty, ‘The King’s Horseman’ amongst others, EbonyLife boss, Mosunmola Abudu has proven to be a trailblazer in the Nigerian entertainment sector. She isn’t just a filmmaker, she has also delved into several sectors which makes her a leading figure across the continent.

Bolanle Austen-Peters

Despite being born into an aristocratic family, the work rate of prolific filmmaker, Bolanle Austen-Peters is nothing short of that of a hustler. Asides movies production, she is also reputed as a leading figure in stage plays, musicals and many more using her celebrated cultural hub, Terra Kulture as a platform.
She is one woman who has contributed in giving Nollywood form.

Biodun Stephen

Biodun Stephen is a gifted filmmaker known for her ability to create deeply emotional and relatable stories that resonate with audiences. With a focus on exploring themes of love, loss, and redemption, Stephen has carved out a niche for herself in Nollywood as a master storyteller.

Her films, such as “Glimpse,” “Ovy’s Voice,” and “Picture Perfect,” have garnered critical acclaim for their powerful performances and poignant narratives. She also showcased her strength to the world through “Sista and Breaded Life”, a movie she produced with dedication and commitment.

Kemi Adetiba

Kemi Adetiba is a multifaceted filmmaker whose work spans across film, television, and music.

As the director of the critically acclaimed movie “The Wedding Party” and “King of Boys”, Adetiba has played a pivotal role in shaping the Nigerian film industry and elevating its global profile. Her groundbreaking achievements have earned her widespread recognition and accolades, including multiple awards for her contributions to Nigerian cinema.

With her bold and innovative approach to storytelling, Adetiba continues to break barriers and inspire a new generation of filmmakers in Africa and beyond.

Jadesola Osiberu

Jadesola Osiberu is a rising star in the Nigerian film industry, known for her commitment to authenticity and diversity in storytelling. She is the writer and director of the acclaimed film “Isoken” in 2017, garnered praise for her portrayal of contemporary Nigerian life and relationships. Her work reflects a deep understanding of the complexities of human experience and a keen eye for capturing the essence of Nigerian culture. Through her “Gang of Lagos”, Osiberu continues to challenge stereotypes and celebrate the rich tapestry of African identity.

Tope Oshin

Tope Oshin is a versatile filmmaker whose innovative approach to storytelling has earned her acclaim both locally and internationally. Her reputation in the industry depicts a diverse body of work that includes feature films, documentaries, and television series. Oshin has established herself as one of the leading voices in Nigerian cinema. Her directorial debut, “Journey to Self,” received widespread praise for its powerful narrative and compelling performances. As a champion of female empowerment and gender equality in the film industry, Oshin continues to inspire aspiring filmmakers and storytellers across Africa.

Mildred Okwo

Mildred Okwo is a visionary filmmaker known for her bold and provocative storytelling style. As the director of the critically acclaimed film “The Meeting,” Okwo has pushed the boundaries of Nigerian cinema and challenged societal norms through her thought-provoking narratives. Her work reflects a deep commitment to social justice and human rights, tackling issues such as corruption, politics, and gender inequality with courage and conviction.

.Toyin Abraham

With her latest hit in the movie industry, Toyin’s Malaika had brought news of joy to the producer as it becomes one of the highest gross selling movie this year. Despite being a faithful and loyal wife, she is also one of the biggest actress and producer in Nigeria’s movie industry, celebrated for her versatility and captivating performances on screen. Her breakout role in “Alakada” solidified her status as a rising star, leading to numerous successful projects like her recent movie titled “Malaika” which has become major talks in Nigerian households.

Omoni Oboli

Being a mother of three boys has not been able to hold prolific filmmaker, Omoni Oboli back as she continues to strive to make an influence in Nollywood. The multilingual award winning actor and filmmaker has stamped her presence in the industry with big flicks like ‘Wives on Strike’. ‘Being Mrs Elliott’, ‘Fatal Imagination’ and many others.
Omoni is no doubt a champion of Nollywood.


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