Top Seven Producers In Nollywood

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In this article from Naijassador, we delve into the people behind the scenes who have made it all possible. Here’s a look at some influential movie producers who have been instrumental in shaping the Nigerian Film Industry’s success:

Funke Akindele

Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele popularly known as Funke Akindele or Jenifa, is a Nigerian filmmaker, actress, director, producer and politician. Her movie, “King of Boys’ grossed one billion naira in cinemas

Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan’s impressive portfolio includes films like ‘Irapada’, ‘The Figurine’, ‘PhoneSwap’, ‘The CEO’, ‘Omugwo’, ‘October 1’, ‘Mokalik’, ‘Citation and Swallow’. He even struck a deal with Netflix in 2021. Afolayan’s works have set a benchmark in the industry, making him a name synonymous with quality and creativity.

Jadesola Osiberu

Jadesola Osiberu has made a name for herself with hit films like ‘Gangs of Lagos’, ‘Brotherhood’, ‘Isoken’, ‘Gidi Up’, and ‘The Juice for Ndani TV’. She has been recognized with multiple awards, including an African Movie Academy Award nomination for Best Director, and winning the Best Filmmaker award at the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. She has released two major works with Prime Video.

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Mo Abudu

She has worked to create a positive and modern new narrative about Africa through her channel, EbonyLife TV. Her series like ‘The Governor’ and ‘Castle & Castle’ have shown the depth and complexity of African culture. With groundbreaking works like Wedding Party, the media mogul ushered in a new era of glamorous and youth-focused movies that showcased the elegance of the Nigerian upper, while highlighting the rich cultural heritage of our celebrations. Mo has gone on to create a wide diversity of films, from the light-hearted ‘Chief Daddy to the gut-wrenching and explosive ‘Oloture’ and the thrilling ‘Royal Hibiscus Hotel’. Mo Abudu has mentored quite a few young people in Nollywood, including the next person on our list.

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Kemi Adetiba

Kemi Adetiba has become one of the most celebrated female directors in Nigeria. Her films like ‘King of Boys’ and ‘The Wedding Party’ have earned her several awards, including Best Music Video Director of the Year. Before Nollywood and the megahit movies, Kemi has a long history in the Nigerian entertainment industry, from being a radio presenter to producing and presenting mainstream television shows such as Mnet’s Studio 53.

Ayo Makun

Ayo Makun is best known for directing and starring in ‘AY’s Crib’, ‘30 Days In Atlanta’, ‘A Trip To Jamaica’, ‘The Wedding Party’, ‘Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons’, and more. His comedic touch has earned him recognition across Nigeria while also putting the Nigerian Film Industry on the global map.

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Toyin Abraham

Toyin Abraham is a prolific actress, director, and producer known for her roles in ‘Alani Baba Labake’ and ‘Ebimi ni’. Toyin’s versatility and brilliant delivery cut across both Yoruba and English-speaking movies such as Elevator Baby, and Bling Lagosians. She made a name for herself as a producer with the comedic series; Alakada, and also produced movies like ‘Ijakumo’, showcasing her remarkable talent. Her latest movie “ Malaika” is making waves currently

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