For Omojowo, movie making is about patriotism

Akeem Lasisi

As UK-based film-maker, Samuel Omojowo, works hard at his new movie, he is seriously thinking Nigerian. The widely-trained producer  believes that movie-making should not just be about profit. According to him, the more a film-maker edifies its country, the better.

He says, “I aim at making a statement with this new project. I have worked on several film projects and have noticed that many producers are not particular about positively projecting the image of Nigeria to the world, but focus on maximising profit. My new movie will project Nigeria to the outside world as the place to be and redefine the film industry ,” he said.

Omojowo, whose experience in the industry spans over 15 years, is the Chief Executive Officer of Da Cinema Productions. Earlier in his career, he had a stint with Remdel Optimum Communications Limited, Akure and produced several musical videos for artistes like Evangelist Bola Are,  Tope Alabi and Bisi Alawiye. Having consolidated his position in the industry, he is poised to produce his first movie which, according to him, will revolutionise the movie making industry in Nigeria.

Omojowo is currently in London, harnessing resources and putting together the cast and crew for the movie which will be shot in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

 According to him, the script for the movie was written by Femi Fadeyi and Akinyemi Adewumi, while the crew is made up of some of the best hands in the industry – including Yomi Olaniran, Ige Oladeji,Yinka Gboye, Bello Tijani, Segun Omolafe, Tope Tee, Bukola Oloye, Akadiri Oluwafemi and Yinka Gboye.

Omojowo was educated at the London Film Academy and Film Institute, Jos. He was trained by veterans such as Tunde Kelani, Tunji Bamisigbin, Goke Aina, Tunde Adekoya, Aderemi Kamala, Sunday Ogunyemi and the late Alade Aromire, while cutting his teeth in the industry and also held forte as the head of technical department at Remdel Optimum Communications Limited, Akure, before establishing his own production outfit.

“These veterans gave me a good direction and encouraged me to be the best I can be. My boss at Remdel Optimum Communications, Mr. Remi Ibitola,  and his late wife, Pastor Biodun Ibitola, also supported me to achieve my dream as a film-maker,” he said.

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