women’s history month

Shining the spotlight on award winning media personality and film maker, Kemi Adetiba

Hello music lovers, it’s another Wednesday dedicated to the celebration of exceptional Nigerian women throughout the month of March. We will be shining the spotlight on a Nigerian female filmmaker. Our focus today is on Kemi Adetiba, a household name in the Nigerian Movie and Media Industry. You can read the first and second articles from our Women series here.

Kemi Adetiba is an award-winning media personality, producer, director and cinematographer. She is the founder of Kemi Adetiba visuals and President of K-Alpha Innovations, a production company which specialises in directing music videos. Born to Mayen and Dele Adetiba on the 8th of Jan, 1980. She got introduced to the media industry as a young child accompanying her father, a radio DJ to events. She also headlined commercials for detergent brand, OMO at an early age. She graduated from the department of Law, University of Lagos in 2005. She would move further to study film making at the New York Film Academy in 2007 after some years spent presenting and producing on TV.

Starting her career with Rhythm FM as a radio presenter, she was the voice behind Soul’d Out and Sundays at the Seaside: two nationally syndicated hit shows. She transitioned from radio to television presenting and producing several shows on Mnet. She was also a presenter for Maltina Dance All for 3 consecutive seasons, HipHop World Awards, Soundcity TV.

Music videos she has directed includes; Banky W’s Lagos Party, Follow you go, Waje’s Onye, Niyola’s Love to Love you ft. Banky W, Toh Bad, Last Bus stop, Tiwa Savage’s My Darling, Wizkid’s Tease Me, Dagrin’s If I Die and a host of many others.

Kemi Adetiba’s short film Across a Bloodied Ocean was screened at the 2009 Pan African Film Festival and National Black Arts Festival.

On 8 September 2016, Kemi Adetiba’s first feature film “The Wedding Party” (a Nigerian Rom-com film) premiered opening night, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as the opening film of the City-to-City Spotlight and on the 26th of November at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. It quickly became the highest grossing film, a record which was broken in 2017 by its sequel.

In 2017 she was presenting the show “King Women” where she interviewed her mother Mayen Adetiba. Other former “King Women” included Chigurl, Ty Bello, Taiwo AjaiLycett and Tara Durotoye.

Her political crime thriller, King of Boys (2018)  grossed 245 million naira at Box Office. King of Boys became the Nigerian film with the highest number of awards at 2019 AMAA. The film got nine nominations and won three, which are NFVCB Best Nigerian Film, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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. Kemi was nominated for Best Music Video Director of the Year at  The Headies 2014. She won the City People Entertainment Award for Best Music Video Director Of The Year (2015) and a HNWOTY Award for Woman of the Year in Film and Television (2017).

We celebrate this pioneering woman director and film maker for her talent, versatility anddedication to telling our unique African stories globally. By the way, KOB 2 is soon to hit our screens. It is easily the most anticipated Nigerian movie right now.

Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism writer, Nnedi Okorafor is first on our list for Women’s History Month

Hey music lovers, it’s another month of March and we are officially celebrating Women’s History month. In this month carved out to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society, we shine the light on four amazing Nigerian women in Arts and Media owning their creative spaces.

In this first article of our Four part women series, our spotlight is on Nigerian-American sci-fi, magical realism and fantasy writer, Nnedi Okorafor. Her name Nnedi is short for Nnedimma. She describes her work as Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism for children and adults.

The American born daughter of Nigerian parents desired to be an entomologist due to her fascination with insects as a child. She was also a nationally known athlete. However, a rare spine complication after a spine fusion surgery she had to do to deal with the Scoliosis she was diagnosed with at the age of 13 rendered her immobile from the waist down.  Turning to writing to provide her succour, she developed an interest and took creative writing classes after she had regained her walking ability through physical therapy although now unable to continue her athletic career.  Nnedi holds a PhD in Literature and two MAs in Journalism and Literature.

Her African heritage take center place in her writings and she is highly influenced by Nigerian Myths, folklore and stories. Desiring more diversity in the fantasy space, she writes  mostly about black female heroes while navigating serious social issues. With her work, she redefines the genre of Fantasy with Africans at the heart.

Nnedi has won a Hugo, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award and a Locus Award. Her novels include WHO FEARS DEATH, AKATA WITCH, ZAGRAH THE WINDSEEKER, THE SHADOW SPEAKER, LAGOON, KABU KABU, THE BOOK OF PHOENIX, LONG JUJU MAN and many more.

Nnedi has also written comics for Marvel, including BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING and WAKANDA FOREVER and the SHURI series, an Africanfuturist comic series LAGUARDIA (from Dark Horse) and her short  memoir BROKEN PLACES AND OUTER SPACES. Nnedi is also copywriting the adaption of Octavia Butler’s WILD SEED with Viola Davies and Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu.

We celebrate Nnedi Okorafor for breaking barriers in the Fantasy genre with focus on African storytelling and Characters. Not only has she carved a niche for herself, she stands out as a contemporary Nigerian writer. She makes us proud and we hope her work is inspirational to all those who come across it.

PGM Radio Show Curates A Special Playlist Titled – Listen To Women

Welcome to a brand new episode of your favorite Radio Show; The PGM Radio Show, where we push Good Music.
In this episode, we continued our month-long discussions in celebration of Women’s History Month. We had members of the club pitch in their thoughts and ideas on the music put out by women in the music industry. To this end, our ladies curated a playlist of awesome music put out by female artists in recent times. The playlist is available exclusively on Apple’s iTunes.
Click here to listen to the full playlist –  Listen To Women Playlist
Finally, please remember to wash your hands and avoid large gatherings of people. Together, we will beat this new Pandemic ripping through the world.
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