A few days ago he told Citypeople his success story.
“I am a Director/Cinematographer and Film maker. I am the head of operations of Xphrame Media a multi-media firm in Nigeria and Canada.”
“I started acting/directing as far back secondary school days. I am an alumni of FGCU in kogi state and was the drama club president,after school I took the game to the next level managing stage play-Houses.”
“I have been in the entertainment industry for over a decade as a practitioner.Back in the days of Winnis, Tobe etc when Nollywood was at formation stage we were there.”
“I was a national officer of the National Association of Nigerian Theater art practitioners (NANTAP) and 2 times State chairman of NANTAP Ekiti state. I am currently the Director of Motion Pictures for the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Canada chapter(TAMPAN). “
“I am also of badged member of KINO Toronto a body of Film makers.”
“As a practitioner I started out as an actor playing lead roles in movies like The school boy-Directed by Ejike Asiegbu, Court yard -Directed by Lancelot , My daddy etc.”
“I went for internship courtesy of Ekiti State government for training in Cinematography (Behind the scene) under the supervision of Tunde Kelani, I also was on a course in directing with common grounds production (Allen Shields) where I had certifications in directing.”
“As a director I have directed, managed and supervised over 15 movies in the past 14 years in Nigeria and Canada. Among my credits are Oath of a priest part 1 and 2 starring Mercy Johnson, Florence Onuma, Jim Lawson, Ashley Nwosu etal, Rami Rami , Ofin Kankanla, Around, The boss, Sisters, Beyond the pale etc.
As a practitioner based abroad, our major challenge is the financial translation of our efforts to our people back home. The cost of production here is very high. We would be running at a loss if we continue to produce films in CAD and hoping a marketer will buy them in Nigeria for the Nigerian audience. This has necessitated the move among film makers in diaspora to begin to look for other means of marketing and making money back from film investments. We still leverage on Nigerian cinema’s though but ultimately, we are looking inwards first.
Apart from that we are at a very vantage position to access to great equipment for film making.”
“The Nigerian Canadian industry is still a very fertile ground for all parties. They have been some key players in the industry over the past 25 years promoting the Nigerian Nollywood brand and doing great, in recent times the game is fast changing as film enthusiasts are beginning to form alliances and making investments in the industry. You would agree with me diaspora is contributing greatly to the Nollywood industry even back at home.”
” I have worked with seasoned actors here like Nosa Obaseke et al and a whole lot of new actors across Canada.”
“Apart from been a theater practitioner, I am a certified accountant and a member of the certified institute of public accountants UK. I work with AUXLY in Canada.”
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Akeem Adeniran Ogunmilade (CNA,CIPFA)