Everything You Need To Know About Nigeria’s Film Director, Tope Oshin-Ogun – How Nigeria News

Tope Oshin is a and , and casting director. In 2015 Pulse magazine named her as one of “9 movie directors should know” in the and in March 2018, in commemoration of the ’s Month, Tope was celebrated by OkayAfrica as one of the Okay100 Women.

The interactive campaign celebrates extraordinary women from and the diaspora making waves across a wide array of industries, while driving impact in their communities and the at large.

Tope hails from a devout Christian . As a she engaged in drawing, and dancing, and had aspirations to be a painter.

She studied at the University of Ilorin, , but left the course to study Administration, and then Arts, & FIlm Production at University.

She became more interested in filmmaking and later studied , and Cinematography at Film of the of , , and Met Film School, Ealing Studios, respectively.

Tope is also an alumnus of ‘Talents ’ and Berlinale Talents, a networking summit of select outstanding creatives from the world of film and across the globe.

Tope, who was an for 12 years, featuring in like Relentless (2010 film), her in directing, working as an director for The Apprentice Africa and has since become known for directing TV dramas and soap operas such as Hush, Hotel Majestic, Tinsel () and Season 6 of MTV Shuga.

Though she has directed several introspective short films such as The Young Smoker, Till Do Part, Horizons and Ireti, she is known for her 2012 feature film Journey to Self, and March 2018 feature film release .

Oshin has produced some of the highest box office breaking in , including the 2015 romantic film Fifty, about four fifty-year- female residents, which broke box office records upon release in December 2015, taking N20 million in the weekend and The 2, as at 2018, the highest grossing Nigerian film.

In 2016, she produced and directed the , Amaka’s Kin: The Women Of Nollywood, as a memorial to prominent filmmaker Amaka Igwe, who died in 2014. The addresses issues facing Nigerian female directors, working in a -dominated industry.

As a follow up to her documentary, in 2017, and as part of the season, Tope celebrated the new generation of women filmmakers reinventing Nollywood, by presenting the documentary Nigeria-Shooting It Like A Woman.

Apart from the BBC World Service documentary, Tope’s Amaka’s Kin – The Women Of Nollywood also influenced a lot of TV shows and literary works alike, including Niran Adedokun’s book Ladies Calling the Shots.

Tope also has a thriving as a Casting director and has cast for several film and television projects including 3 Nigerian of the MTV Staying Alive drama series Shuga.

Since 2015 till date, Tope has served as a juror for the International Award.


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