“Our industry in Africa, especially Nigeria, is still untapped. We have so many stories that need to be told and I want to continue to tell those stories.” ~ Kemi Adetiba, Director and Producer
Summary: Kemi Adetiba is a music director from Lagos state who directed one of the most sought after Nigerian movies in 2016, ‘The Wedding Party’. Kemi started out professionally as a radio presenter with Rhythm 93.7 FM, where she became the voice behind two nationally syndicated hit shows: Soul’d Out and Sunday at the Seaside. Kemi Adetiba began to make a transition from being a voice on radio to being a face on television by producing and presenting several shows on Mnet, which includes Studio 53, Temptation Nigeria which she presented alongside Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa. Kemi was also a presenter on Soundcity TV and hosted Maltina Dance All for three consecutive seasons. After years of success being in front of the camera, Adetiba enrolled into the New York Film Academy to learn the ropes about being behind the cameras and today, her bodies of work as a director are spread across the African continent and beyond its borders. Kemi Adetiba’s short film “Across a Bloodied Ocean” was screened at the 2009 Pan African Film Festival and National Black Arts Festival. The Future Nigeria Awards have taken notice, nominating Kemi for the On-Air Personality of the Year award five years in a row (including 2011, where she became the first double-nominee in the ceremony’s history with a nod for Screen Producer/Director of the Year). Some of the awards her works have won include Best Female Video for the song “Ekundayo” by TY Bello at the Soundcity TV Music Video Awards 2009, Best Female Video for the song “Today na Today” by Omawumi at the 2010 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and nominated for Best Music Video at the 2010 SoundCity Awards.
Q: Do you hope to encourage others to continue to tell African stories that have been left off the big screen? on nircle.com
A: Our industry in Africa, especially Nigeria, is still untapped. We have so many stories that need to be told and I want to continue to tell those stories.