It’s been an amazing year for Nigerian filmmaker, Femi Odugbemi after he was presented with a lifetime achievement award, the Movie Rock of Fame award at the recently concluded Zuma Film Festival by the Nigerian Film Corporation.
Femi Odugbemi alongside Nigerian actress, Omotola Jalade Ekehinde was invited to become a member of the Academy Awards earlier this year, further confirming his standing as one of the filmmakers of note on the continent.
His work with the MultiChoice Talent Factory that involves raising a new generation of filmmakers that according to him are expected to take on the big themes has been impressive as well, spanning different countries across the continent.
Some of his popular projects include “Gidi Blues”, “Bariga Boys”, “Afloat”, “Maroko”, “4th Estate” and directed popular series like “Tinsel” and “Battleground”.
Speaking after the award presentation, Odugbemi said: “It is good to show all the glitz and glamour but if the essence of your story is lost, then you haven’t done a job. We need to find that untold story that reflect our history and the magic of the African culture more, not cloning stories informed only by pecuniary gains. Our stories should not only entertain but also inform and inspire. Filmmaking is a powerful tool which most of us are yet to fully grasp. Nollywood can and should be the most powerful voice of the black race.”