Shaping the Conversation: Decolonising Film with Nigerian Women Filmmakers
African women filmmakers are continuously making powerful statements through their creative efforts in film and television. These statements are remarkably changing film narratives and drawing global attention to the film industries in Nigeria and Africa at large. However, these women and their films are excluded from global film and screen studies programmes. At this virtual roundtable with two prestigious filmmakers Omoni Oboli and Tope Oshin, we discuss how women are dismantling historic barriers to filmmaking, crafting on-screen stories and shaping academic narratives about Nollywood, Africa’s largest film industry.
Multiple award-winning storytellers Omoni Oboli and Tope Oshin bring extraordinary talent and diligence to their work. Omoni is the Nollywood voice for women in politics, directing Love is War (2019) after Wives on Strike: The Revolution (2017), in addition to being a highly sought-after actor. Tope is the first to pay a film-length tribute to Nigeria’s most prolific female filmmaker and television director, Amaka Igwe (1963 – 2014) in Amaka’s Kin:The Women of Nollywood (2016) before directing the refreshing Up North (2018).