Festival Directors

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Femi Odugbemi
Executive Director

Award-winning filmmaker, writer, photographer and a respected voice in the arts and culture circuits of Nigeria and around the continent. Odugbemi’s critically acclaimed film, Bariga Boy, won ‘Best Documentary’ prize at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

He also received the 2010 Afro-pop Prize sponsored by the National Black Programming and Consortium in the United States and the Film Excellence award of the Society of the Performing Arts of Nigeria (SPAN) in 2014.
Other highlights of his career include Bar Beach Blues (Best Director, Zuma Film Festival 2006), Mama Put (Best Film, Abuja International Film Festival, 2009). His other well-acclaimed documentary works include “Ibadan: Cradle of Literati “(2008); “Oriki “(2010); “And The chain was not” (2011); Rolling dollar: A legend Untold (2014) and DO Fagunwa: Language, literature, and Literalism (2015).

Femi was a founding Producer of Tinsel, MNET Africa’s acclaimed soap opera and one of Africa’s longest- running TV shows.

He was President of the Independent Television Producers of Nigeria (ITPAN 2002-2006). He has been Head of Jury for the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2012-2015), Head of the jury of the Uganda Film Festival (2014-2016), Juror for the Emmy Awards in New York (2012&2016), and many others.

Femi’s most recent works are the feature film “Gidi blues”, which has been touring festival circuits around the world, and the acclaimed “Makoko”, a documentary on the slum dwellers by the Lagos lagoon.
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JAHMAN ANIKULAPO
Executive Director

Studied Theatre Arts, specialising in Directing, Dramatic Theories and Criticisms at the University of Ibadan (1983 - 86). He has been an Arts and Culture Journalist for over two decades, writing mostly on the Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Literature and Cultural.

He worked as the Arts and Media Editor of The Guardian between 1992 and 2003; and Editor of The Guardian on Sunday, 1993-2013. He has presented Nigerian films at the Milan African Film Festival and French African Film Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, where he also served on the International Jury.

He coordinated the yearly Lagos Cinema Carnival of the Committee for Relevant Art. He is on the board of the West Africa Documentary Film Forum, conveners of the yearly Real Life Film Festival in Ghana; he is part of the Traveling seminars on African Film on the platform of the AFRICAN SCREENS, which has held sessions in Portugal, Germany, Belgium, and New York.

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MAKIN SOYINKA
Executive Director

Worked extensively in the arts and media industty, focusing primarily on television, film and radio productions. He has been a columnist for several magazines, a producer of television, film and radio programmes, a consultant various media organizations in the realm of programming and infrastructure. 

Soyinka has worked on various independent progrmming documentaries, including several for the BBC, Channel 4 UK, CBC Canada, and The Oprah Winfrey Show (among others). He is a co-founder of the Lagos Film Office (LFO), the pioneer Film Office in Nigeria, and the Lagos Film City Project (LFC). 

He’s been a Consultant to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), helping to bring attention to the Nigerian Content in the media and, promoting such at major international gathering such as MIPCOM, MIPTV, Cannes to name a few. 

Making Soyinka is a founding member o Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), he is also member of the Advisory Board of The Nollywood Foundation (USA), and serves on the boards of other NGOs as a director and trustee.

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THEO LAWSON
Executive Director

Renowned architect and patron of the arts, he founded Total Consult Limited in 1991, and since 2001 has been a partner of the Lawson+Odeinde Partnership. Among his notable projects are the redesigning of the old Broad Street Prison to a theme  park, now known as Freedom Park Lagos; the redesigning of the residence of the Afrobeat artiste, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, into a museum known as Kalakuta Museum.

An astute patron and supporter of various artistic projects,he has been the chairman of Felabration Organising Committee since 2008. He is also a board member of the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), a member of Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Creative Intelligence Agency (CIA), Lagos Chamber of Commerce, and many more.

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