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In 2001 she made her first 16mm short film titled “Sheltered” and since then hasn't looked back. She quickly found her place working with prominent TV producer and presenter Mo Abudu as an Associate Producer on her hit TV show “Moments with Mo” for MNet. Soon after she produced the International Award Winning music video “Greenland” for artist and photographer TY Bello.
She founded the entertainment company, Blu Star Entertainment, then produced and directed her first feature film called “Small Boy”. The film was nominated for two awards at the American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2008 for the Heineken Red Star Award for Innovation in Film and the Target Filmmaker Award for Most Inspirational Film.In Nigeria “Small Boy” went on to win two African Movie Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Young Child Actor in April 2009.
Her knowledge combined with her experiences in the industry both locally and internationally makes her a unique voice in African media. She is excited to produce and direct her second feature film "Flower Girl" which is already the hot ticket in the industry.
Born in Germany, Michelle Dede is a graduate of American Intercontinental University in London, England, where she studied Fashion Design and Marketing. Michelle offers a broad range of talents and a particular expertise in fashion coverage as well as interests in Music, Film and Lifestyle, and entertainment media. Her life experiences growing up and living in all five continents make her a global citizen with a readiness and curiosity for experiencing new people, places and cultures.
Michelle’s on screen experience as co-presenter for the first ever 'Big Brother Nigeria', the Nigerian version of the hit reality TV format from Endemol which broadcasted live across 40 African countries, marked her as a force to be reckoned with. She has had the opportunity to work with several brands and corporate companies including renowned Nigerian designers/label Tiffany Amber and Zizi Cardow, as well as MTN, UBA and Sahara Group, a Nigerian Oil and Gas trading company.
Veteran screenwriter Jigi Bello was born in Lagos and was first published internationaly at the age of twelve in the W.H.SMITHS Young writers program and was published three more times before the age of seventeen. At eighteen he worked writing for CNN in Chicago but he quickly gave up journalism to write and direct his first feature film "The Waiting Room".
Three award winning films later he spent several years in the UK writing for BBC Television. His awards since include the Hatchfest Groundbreaker Award for Best Film, the Mario Van Peebles Award at the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at Urbanworld Film Festival and the Martin Writt Award for excelence in Screenwriting. He now works as a Screenwriter and story consultant in Los Angeles, CA.
Director of Photography
James has been working in Broadcast Television & Film production for over TEN years. He spent the past four years living and working in Los Angeles, which led to assignments in over 20 countries and the management and delivery of all formats in entertainment & production.
He has shot and co-produced feature films including "Inale", "Last Flight to Abuja" and "Black November" and has most recently been working with Mario Lopez (ExtraTV/saved by the bell) & Jeremy Piven (entourage) on upcoming HBO feature documentaries. Last year, he was awarded the 2011 African Critics Award for Cinematography. Also invited to be a special guest lecturer at 2011 NDU Film Festival at ‘Notre Dame University’ in Beirut, Lebanon. James has been selected as a Board member for the 2012 Monaco Film Festival where he is curating a selection of Australian short films.
Production Designer/ Art Director
He studied Film/Video at School of Visual Arts in New York, has worked extensively in the U.S. on movies, TV shows, commercials, documentaries and art installations. He moved to Nigeria in 2006 and has been heavily involved in the film and TV industry. In 2009, he won an African Movie Academy Award for Best Art Direction for the feature film “Small Boy” and was recently nominated for another African Movie Academy Award for “Ma’ami”.
She was born on the 18th of May 1985 into a family of four. She got her secondary education in Queen's College Yaba, Lagos and then went on to Bowen University Iwo for a Bsc in Business Administration before pursuing her dream career in television.
She has graced many television screens with her charm and notable talent. She has also played lead and supporting roles in a series of stage plays, one of which was "The Vagina Monologues", a sensitive production which sheds light on social issues such as gender inequality, female genital mutilation and wife battery.
In 2010, Damilola played an impressive role as “Pebbles” in the acclaimed international movie “6 hours to Christmas” from Award Winning Ghanian Producer Shirley Frimpong-Manso. She also played a major role as “Telema Duke” in popular Soap Opera “Tinsel”, MNet’s first multi camera production, shot majorly in Lagos, Nigeria. Noted for her talent on screen, she recently won the Nigerian Entertainment Award for Best Actress in a TV Series 2011.
Born 4th November, 1983 in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, Chuks attended the Greater Tomorrow Secondary School, in Benin and holds a Bsc. in Mass Communication from the Benson Idahosa University. Nnewi, Anambra State is his home town.
His acting debut was in 2009 with the unreleased soap opera Portrait of Passion. His first movie feature was Vivian Ejike’s Private Storm. Chuks has featured in a few TV dramas honing his skills for the big screens. These include Mnet’s Tinsel, Catwalk produced by Emem Isong, Greg Odutayo’s My Mum and I, and Married directed by Akan Archibong.
Chuks has starred in high profile movies such as Niyi Akinmolayan’s Valour, Commandment 7 directed by Ugo Maduka and Andy Boyo’s Cobra, which are all yet to be released.
NEA Pan African Actor of the year 2011, Chris Attoh was trained as a professional Abstract Painter with a B.F.A in Fine Art from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. His passion, hunger and creativity for acting and filmmaking led him to work in the entertainment world after his studies.
His passion for acting became evident on the screens when he got cast in highly acclaimed movies like "Sinking Sands" alongside Ama K Abrebrese and Hollywood actor Jimmy Jean Louis, from the popular TV series "Heroes." Others would be the just released “Single and Married” as well as the movie “Be My Guest” where he played along side Nadia Buari.
He has also worked with award-winning Writer/Director Shirley Frimpong Manso in “The Perfect Picture”, “Scorned”, “Life & Living it” and “6hours to Xmas”. He got the opportunity to be the Stunt Coordinator & Assistant Director on her Award-Winning films “A Sting In a Tale” & “The Adams Apples Series”.
In May 2010, he returned to TV playing the lead role of Kwame Mensah, a character he has impressively played for 4 years on MNet’s captivating Soap “Tinsel” currently shot in Lagos, Nigeria.
Raised in Nigeria, this 25 year old is an actress, presenter and model who also has experience in production. She has a Ba Honours in English and Theatre from the University of Warwick and also completed a Diploma in Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy.
In her production experience, Eku has worked with numerous artists, producers and writers, she worked closely with Producer Damian Jones on the 2009 Ian Dury Biopic, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, which included a star studded cast and crew; Director Mat Whitecross and Actors, Andy Serkis, Naomie Harris. In 2010 she landed the job as co-host for the popular M-Net show 53 Extra. Since joining 53 Extra, Eku has booked constant work as a presenter, host, and actress.
Bikiya Graham Douglas
Bikiya Graham-Douglas is an Actress, Singer and Businesswoman, on completing a BA (Hons) Business Economics with Business Law degree from the University of Portsmouth. Her talent gained her a scholarship at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Afterwards she did a foundation in acting at the Oxford School of Drama and later joined The Bridge Theatre Training Company where she gained a diploma in performance
Bikiya has starred in productions at prestigious London Theatres such as the Criterion, Arcola and Cockpit Theatres. Since returning to Nigeria in 2008, she has starred in more productions -such as “The Vagina Monologues” and “Iya-Ile”. In 2009, she set up Beeta Universal Arts Foundation; an organisation focused on rejuvenating and strengthening all spheres of Nigerian Theatre and has thus far organized over fifteen productions including symposiums and workshops. She has performed musically at the NLNG Literature Awards, The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs’ Awards, The UBA Foundation Essay Competition Event and most recently at a reception for the Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee.
He has established himself as one of the foremost voice actors in Nigeria and his voice presently cannot be missed on numerous radio or TV commercial breaks.
A master on stage with over a decade long background in music, theatre and broadcasting (CoolFM and the BBC World Service), this multi-talented actor is finally making his debut on the Nigerian movie scene.
His rich baritone is often offset by his boyish looks, but this father of four is set to deepen the mark he has begun to leave in showbiz.
Tosan Edremoda-Ugbeye is an actress who has been a lecturer and loves directing& writing. She has an MFA and BFA in Theatre performance and Drama from Cornell& Concordia Universities. She has played Meme & Toun in Yerima's Little Drops& Sisters, Erelu Afin in Osofisan's Women of Owu and Shoki& Marabout in Soyinka's King Baabu. On TV she was Mrs Ajibade in Heavensgate and Ene in Wetin Dey and Nurse Brown on Story Story both for the BBC. For Lufodo Productions she has been in The Inspector Calls, Digging for Gold, Little Drops,The Lion and the Jewel and The Naming Ceremony.
Patrick is best known as the presenter of the acclaimed Friday Nite Live. His witty and unconventional style of presentation has been adapted by a whole new generation of TV presenters. In fact in 1996 he won the award for the best TV presenter at the Thema Awards. His extensive work in Nigerian home movies as the firebrand Pentecostal pastor is also widely acclaimed.
Princess Teni has appeared in lead roles in a number of Stage and Television plays in different states of Nigeria and also in London. Some of the renowned playwrights Teni has worked with are Rasheed Gbadamosi, Ahmed Yerima, Wole Soyinka and Jimi Odumosu. She has also been directed by Tunde Oloyede, Jimi Odumosu, Bayo Awala, Joke Silva, Ahmed Yerima and Teju Kareem to mention a few.