As the Nigerian film industry expands, more female Nigerian filmmakers are taking the reins behind-the-scenes of some of your favourite movies.
For far too long, the Nigerian film industry has churned out films that promoted false narratives about women. This was because there were only a few female Nigerian filmmakers in the industry during Nollywood’s early years.
Thanks to revolutionary directors like the late Amaka Igwe, who kicked the door open for women coming behind, this narrative is changing gradually. And today, we have more women working behind-the-camera as directors and producers – who are committed to telling our stories as well as they can. Here are some of them.
1. Genevieve Nnaji
At the peak of her acting career, Genevieve moved behind-the-scenes to produce the award-winning, Road To Yesterday. This was followed by her directiorial debut Lionheart which has now become the first Nigerian Netflix original film.
2. Kemi Adetiba
After starting out as a music video director, she directed the commercially successful, The Wedding Party in 2016. Kemi’s latest film King of Boys is already a fan favourite one week after its release.
3. Dolapo Adeleke (Lolawdee)
Popularly known for her hit web series This Is It, Lowladee has a knack for making films that tug at the soul. She has also produced and directed several short films including Brave, Be My Guest and The Call.