Meet the Executive Producer / Producer

Mr. Okey Ogunjiofor popularly known as The Father of Nollywood, is a multiple award winning filmmaker, actor, writer and publisher. He is the pioneer producer of the Nigeria film industry, the global African brand known as NOLLYWOOD. He is a National Peace and Unity Ambassador with great passion for youth empowerment.

Born in Amaebu-Ebenator, Orsu Local Government Area, Imo State of Nigeria on the 12th of November 1964, Okey is a devout Christian and happily married to Mrs. Gloria.E. Ogunjiofor, an actress, model and fashion designer. They are blessed with four children, three males and one female. His hobbies include reading, writing, preaching Christ and mentoring the youths. He speaks Igbo and English fluently.

 His personal objective is to always trail blaze uncharted waters in order to create opportunities for others to follow. He is passionate in his beliefs, dogged in his pursuits, disciplined and pains taking enough to wait for desired results. A well trained, experienced and exposed Practitioner who is always looking for the new ways to do the old things. He has good track record in the entertainment Industry; and well respected for his Integrity and knack for professionalism. He travels frequently discussing Nollywood as a brand of film making around the world.

 An Alumnus of UCLA (School of Theatre, Film and Television Studies) University of California, Los Angeles; obtaining International Professional Certificate in Film and Television Production- (2015), Google Tools for Journalists Certification (2012). He holds United States of America Documentary Master Class certificate (2010) as well as Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Government and Public Administration, from Imo State University (2011). Also trained at the prestigious Television College Jos, in film and television production, he did his Industrial Training at Imo Broadcasting Corporations, Owerri in (1986) and graduated with an OND Certificate (1987), participated actively in the production of Soweto – The BBC/NTA 35mm celluloid film on apartheid South Africa (1986) and Mr. Johnson - The James Joyce’s Classic (1987).

 His outstanding performance in Television College Jos, made the then Director General, NTA to recommended him to Chief Power Mike Okpala – the renowned World Heavy Weight wrestling champion for employment. He came to Lagos in (1987) and got a job as the General Manager of Nigerian Independent Television Studios owned by Chief Okpala and travelled extensively producing sports (wrestling matches), but because of an early retirement by Chief Mike Okpala, he and his colleagues soon found themselves in the job market again.

 It was a period of Government embargo on employment in the audio-visual sector, a period that was characterized by a steady decline in the cinema going culture due to infrastructural decay and insecurity to lives and properties. Determined to make a mark in the film industry having discovered a Lacuna, he decided to take cinema to the homes of people instead of taking people to the theatres.  The idea to pioneer the home-video culture in Nigeria was born.  Floating from one menial job to the other he ended up a street hawker for four years on the streets of Lagos in search of funds to enable him pioneer the alternative format for film making through the home video culture. God smiled on him in (1992) when he got a referral from Mrs. Ruth Osu – Nana of the Checkmate fame to see Chief Kenneth Nnebue, Boss of Nek Video Links. Their meeting and partnership heralded this global phenomenon known today as Nollywood with his creative producing, and NEK’s sponsorship of the pioneering film “LIVING IN BONDAGE”.

 He founded Videosonic Studios Ltd in (1993), and since then have created, written and produced and directed so many exceptional content and have remained a force in deciding the direction of an industry that has given Africa a voice, employment to the teeming masses of unemployed youths, and Nigeria Nollywood a position as the second film making industry in the world. By this singular move, he gave Nollywood the platform to colonize the entire African continent with our cultures and images, rebranding Nigeria through re-writing the negative narratives against Nigeria and Africa and indeed her peoples.

He has also consulted for The Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – through the Centre for Women Development (1996), and The Kennedy Centre Washington USA (2000) on gender based research on programs for the empowerment of Women and the girl child. His keen interest to continue massive job creation for Nigerian Youths through Nollywood, gave him the impetus to research the life and times of the Legendary Queen Amina of Zazzau for over 20years (1995-2015). It was a project meant to build bridges between the creative divide of the North and the South and at the same time liberate the girl child and women.

Among his works on film and television include: Living in Bondage (1992), Circle of Doom (1993), Nneka the Pretty Serpent (1995), Brotherhood of Darkness (1996), When flowers Turn Black (1997), Property Manager for “A Barbers Wisdom” (An M-NET new directions) 35mm film (1999), Consultant to MASOMA African Foundation for Kennedy Centre, Washington USA on Queen Amina project (2000), Area C comedy drama series about the Nigerian Police Force for NTA HQ (2000) Between (2001-2007) he directed and produced Rough Edges soap opera series on 21 National television stations, Cyberia soap opera series on 18 Stations and pay cable television (2007), Hope Avenue sitcom series (2008-11), and Travel Access Club (TAC) marketing infomercial (2010).

Because of his drive to mid-wife Nollywood productions to global standards, he became the founder and President of The African Audio-Visual Awards (TAVA), an annual event meant to celebrate and reward outstanding African youths who excel in film, television, music video and advertising commercials thereby creating a common benchmark for quality in our productions since 2009 till date.

He produced and directed The Chattered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) 50years Anniversary Documentary (2013). He is also the Director, Global Live Broadcast of World Economic Forum (WEF) in Africa, Abuja (2014) with Videosonic crew, Producer/Executive Producer of Queen Amina feature film for the empowerment of the Girl Child and Women (2015-2016).

 He holds a Life Time Achievement Award from Lagos International Film Festival (2007), Niteshift Special Recognition Award at The Coliseum (2nd Annual Nollywood Nite 2007), Nollywood Outstanding Personality Award by The Association of Movie Journalists (2008), Jury Chairman, Lagos International Film Festival (LIFF) (2008), Best of Best (BOB) TV Award for pioneering Nollywood and contributions to the growth of television industry (2009), Inducted Member of NIGERIA MOVIE MAKERS HALL OF FAME as an Actor, Producer and Director (2009).

 

Due to his pedigree in Nollywood sundry Youth interventions, he was invited to be one of the Resource Persons, to visiting German Youths in the “Go Africa Go German,” a German-African Scholarship Exchange Program, a joint initiative of the Federal President of Germany and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (2010). He name is quoted among the Achievers Who's who in Nigeria pg. 642 (2010), he is a board member Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria (AVRS), member of Electronic Media Content Owners Association of Nigeria (EMCOAN) and have been returned twice unopposed as the National Treasurer since (2011) for transparency and integrity.

 He received Nollywood E-Golden Awards in Germany as the Father of Nollywood (2012), Youth Mentor- Nigerian Youth Summer Carnival (Youth Against Violence and Addiction) Nigerian Community, Cork Ireland, (2012), City People awards in (2016), Nollywood Icon Award in Nassarawa State Nigeria among others.

 Today, he is on the board of Synagicorp, a digital marketplace to bring his wealth of experience to navigate the ship of the company to harbor.

 He is happily married with four children.

 CHARITY WORK:

He is the founder of Action Against Youth Unemployment Initiatives – (To Discover, Empower And Release Street Kids And Distressed Women)

 His Detailed Filmography is as follows:

 2015/17Producer and Executive Producer of the Legendary Queen Amina                 feature film

2014   Directors of The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Abuja.

2014  25yrs Journey – LRA, her Impact so far  (Documentary)

2013   The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nig 50yrs Anniversary     Documentary

2012   The African Audio-Visual Awards (TAVA) 4th Edition

2011   The African Audio-Visual Awards (TAVA) 3rd Edition

2010   Kid Home Makers Reality television Show

2010    Travel Access Club (TAC) marketing audio-visual infomercial.

2010  The African Audio-Visual Awards (TAVA) second Edition

2009  The African Audio-Visual Awards (TAVA) Inaugural Edition

2009    Their beginnings, the beginning (Documentary, real story of Nollywood)

2009    HOPE AVENUE 30 minutes drama series on the Nigeria Primary Health.

2008    HOTEL WYNIS 30 minutes situational comedy series on Nollywood

2008    COUPLE’S NITE OUT TV game show series pilot -seeking Sponsorship

2007    Prophetic Responsibility & Accountability Documentary.

2006    CYBERIA Soap Opera seasons 1- 2 on 18 National Stations and pay cable

2005  The Power of Vision (Documentary on Mouka Foam Industry) 15 mins

2005    Rough Edges Soapy, third season.

2004  Mouka TVC 30/60”TV Commercials.

2004    Rough Edges soapy, second season

2002    Rough Edges Soap Opera (21 Stations) 30 mins. TV Series

2001    Born To Win (Adaptation of Bishop David Oyedepo’s Book)

2000    The Return Of Nneka (Video Film)

2000    Crew Member of Barbers’ Wisdom (For MNET new direction) A 35mm

2000    Area C (A comedy drama series on the Nigerian Police Force for NTA HQ

2000    Consultant to MASOMA African Foundation for Kennedy Centre, USA.

1999    Consultant to Sons And Daughters’ A Movie against gender issues.

1998    Ups and Down soap opera series – Pilot.

1998  Winners and Losers Soap Opera TV Series – Pilot.

1997    When Flowers Turn Black A tragic movie on Leukaemia. (Video Film)

1996    Research into The Life And Times Of Queen Amina - for the Presidency.

1996    Brotherhood Of Darkness, Expository Gospel film on religious fraud.

1995    Nneka The Pretty Serpent 2. (Video Film)

1994    Nneka The Pretty Serpent 1 (Video Film)

1994    Production Consultant to Ashes Of Hatred – A movie on land disputes i

1993    Circle Of Doom 1&2, another blockbuster movie in Igbo language.

1992  The pioneer film ‘Living In Bondage’ – A smash hit of all times.

 

AWARDS/HONORS

1996  Award for excellence from GLM INSTITUTE and HIS ARMY MINISTERIAL        COLLEGE for contribution to the growth of Christianity through Drama          titled “Brotherhood of Darkness”.

1996   FME AWARD for best picture (EAST) ‘LIVING IN BONDAGE’

1996   FME AWARD for best overall picture ‘LIVING IN BONDAGE’

1996  FME AWARD for best Theme music/sound track – NNEKA THE                         PRETTY SERPENT

1996   FME AWARD for best make up– ‘NNEKA THE PRETTY SERPENT’.

2007   Life Time Achievement Award from Lagos International Film                             Festival.

2007  Niteshift Recognition Award at The Coliseum 2nd Annual                                    Nollywood Nite

2008   Nollywood Outstanding Personality Award by The National Association of      Movie journalists.

2008   Anya Igbo Film Makers Award  (AFA) as NOLLYWOOD PIONEER.

2008   Jury Chairman, Lagos International Film Festival (LIFF)

2009  City People Special Recognition Awards for contributions to                              Nollywood

2009 Best of Best (BOB) TV Award for pioneering Nollywood and contributions      to the growth of television industry.

2009 Special Recognition Award by Anglican Communion, Lagos West, for    affecting lives   through Christian Movies

2009  Inducted Member of Nigeria Movie Makers Hall of Fame as an Actor,    Producer and Director.

2009 President of The African Audio-Visual Awards (TAVA)

2010  Resource Person/Participant, Go Africa Go German-African Scholarship          Exchange Programme, a joint initiative of the President of the Federal       Republic of Germany and the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

2010  Nigerian Achievers Who's who pg. 642

2010  United States of America Documentary Master Class certificate.

2011  Honorary President of Leap International Film Festival (LIFF)

2012  Nigerian Peace Ambassador Award for promoting Cultural                                 integration.

2012  Google Tools for Journalists Certification

2012  The Father of Nollywood (Nolly @ 20 E - Golden Awards Germany)

2012  Celebrity Leadership Award (Red carpet Magazine & Golden Tulip)

2012  Youth Mentor (Youth Against Violence & Addiction) Nigerian Community,       Cork Ireland

2013  Festival Director, Anambra State Youth Talent Hunt  & Cultural                         Tourism Fiesta

2013  Producer Director, Chattered Institute of Bankers of Nig. CIBN 50th ann.           Documentary

2014  Directors of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Africa, Abuja Nigeria.

2015  UCLA International Professional Certificate in Film and Television        Production

2016  The Latter Rain Assembly Dedicated Service Award in recognition of    faithful and loyal service to God and His people

2016  The Latter Rain Assembly Multimedia Group Award of Service and       Excellence as Head of Department.

2016  City People Special Recognition Awards for contributions to the            entertainment industry.

2016  DigifyAfrica Certificate for Google Apps.

2017 Nollywood Icon Award Nassarawa State, Nigeria

 

            

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