Nigeria’s Nollywood Top Movie Producers
The Nigeria movie industry has been recognised as a source through which many actors have risen to fame. However, the chronicles of the industry cannot be complete without referencing movie producers and directors.
Teco Benson is a prolific movie director and producer who has been able to shine as a giant star among stars. He has maintained a good track record of excellence in the industry since he started his movie career in 1994.
The Anambra State-born genius who had a successful career in the civil service; Anambra State Environmental Protection Agency, has gotten what it takes to thrill movie lovers, both locally and internationally.
The multi-talented filmmaker was on the Nigerian negotiating team during the crisis between Nigeria and Ghana film industries in 2005. Benson also represented the industry in Israel during a cultural festival tagged: Fresh Face of Nigeria, where his film, Explosion, was premiered in 2006.
Recently, Benson, in collaboration with Stepping Stones Nigeria, to produce a film titled: “the fake prophet”. The film which advocates against victimization of children in the name of witch craft has also been premiered in other countries of the world.
Kenneth Arinzechukwu Okonkwo, popularly known as Andy Okonkwo, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Goal Productions Ltd, a movie producing and marketing firm.
The actor who has turned film-maker, producer and marketer, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Also, he holds a Bachelor in Theology- Pentecostal International Bible Seminary, Lagos as well as Masters in International Law and Diplomacy, University of Lagos.
Okonkwo, knowing that he had the talent, launched his career in acting immediately after his University education, in 1991. As an actor then, the producer featured in over 40 movies including “Living in Bondage”, “Taboo”, “World Apart” and a host of others. He has also proved his dexterity in film making.
Chico Maziakpono Ejiro is a Nigerian movie producer to be reckoned with. He owns a production company called Grand Touch Pictures, in Lagos.
Ejiro ventured into video production in the 90s when cheap video-production equipment became available in the country. He has directed over 100 movies and featured in the 2007 documentary; Welcome to Nollywood, which followed him as he made Family Affair 1 and Family Affair 2.
Amaka Igwe is a prolific writer and movie director. She is reckoned as one of the foremost movie directors in the Nigeria movie industry.
The Enugu State-born movie director is a graduate of Education and Religious Study from the University of Ife and a master degree in Library and Information Services from the University of Ibadan. Some of her early works like Checkmate and Violated, have largely remained as turning point in the history of soaps and movie production in Nigeria
She is a recipient of numerous awards, including that of life time achievement from the organisers of the annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
Zeb Ejiro also made wave in the late 80s and 90s. Among the popular movies that brought him to limelight in the industry are Nneka the Pretty Serpent, Fatal Desire, Ikoko, Mortal Inheritance and a host of others.