A writer at heart, Kola’s first recognised Nollywood success was in 2004, winning the Best Screenplay Award at the now-defunct Nigerian Reel Awards for the multi-award winning film, The Return. He had already co-written and co-produced the ground-breaking Osuofia In London, winning another award at the 2005 Screen Nation Awards, London. He has been involved as script editor or consultant for a number of other top Nigerian films, including Across the Niger, Mirror Boy and Last Flight To Abuja.
He was a pioneer in high profiling Nollywood outside Africa, when in 2006 he screened Widow at the Broadway Theatre, London as one of the first ever Nollywood Premieres in the UK.
Kola is the Creative Director of the Nollywood Movies Awards and also practises as a medical doctor in London, UK.
Ade Solanke is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter and founder of Spora Stories. Her acclaimed play, Pandora's Box, was nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2014. It won Best Playwright at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and the African Film Awards. She wrote the screenplay adaptation for Tunde Kelani's latest film Dazzling Mirage.
She has an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts and worked as a story analyst in Hollywood for Sundance, New Line and Disney.
Ade has written for BBC Radio, The Times Literary Supplement, The Voice, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Concord Press of Nigeria and West Africa Magazine.
Adlin is a devoted Nollywood enthusiast with an appreciation of all things Nigerian. Despite her Caribbean origins, she has been avidly watching Nigerian movies for over 12 years and has admired how the industry has grown and progressed over time.
She has formidable knowledge of Nollywood stars and its history, Adlin is one person that we often turn to for clarification when certain facts are in dispute.
Adlin resides in London and is very keen on visiting the home of Nollywood to meet some of its stars for the very first time.
Toyin is a Broadcaster, TV producer and Presenter having worked on DBN Television Nigeria for over a year. During 2004-2006 she also worked as an Independent producer for the TV Talk show Champions before moving on to movie production, producing Tumini’s Song (2006) and Patrick 1&2.
She recently added acting and directing to her resume starring as the lead role in 18 Carat Mama and more recently directed At Home Abroad. She is currently working on her next feature film Sister Sister.
Ijeoma is an all-round performance artist with a passion for writing, acting, screen producing and presenting. She was a foundation presenter with HITV, the indigenous Nigerian cable TV station. In 2009, she anchored the live 12 hour international broadcast of The Experience - Africa’s largest live concert.
Ijeoma studied under the New York Film Academy in pursuance of her acting career and in 2013 she returned to the stage, starring in the production of Bobo Omotayo’s London Life, Lagos Living and later Terrence Tyrone’s play Private Lies.
Ijeoma still lives in Lagos and can currently be ‘caught in the act’ in Deadline, a new TV series.
Adenike O. Adebayo
No, it’s not Michelle Obama! This is our very own Adenike O. Adebayo. Adenike is an African movie critique and reviewer extraordinaire. With over 900,000 views on her YouTube channel, her followers have developed a keen eye and a keen ear for what Adenike opines what a good Nollywood movie should be all about.
Her involvement in the film and TV industry stems from her love for Nollywood, her degree in Mass Communications and her Juris Doctor degree which provide her a unique technical knowledge as well as brilliant analytical skills as they relate to film. Adenike lives in Atlanta Georgia in the United States.
Victoria Thomas is a BAFTA-nominated and award-winning producer. She is the founder of The Polkadot Factory, a vertical integrated production company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her company develops and produces content for cinema, television broadcast and consumer-focused web and mobile applications.
Victoria has written and directed award-winning films which have screened at festivals globally. She was a finalist in the Babylon International Screenwriting Residency and the ‘Africa Produce’ forum with her next feature Two Weeks In Lagos. Her most recent film Between Rings, produced jointly for YLE, the national broadcaster in Finland and the Finnish Film Foundation, charts the rise of seven-time World Welterweight Champion Esther Phiri from market trader in Zambia to international boxing champion'.
Bunmi is one of the UK's leading young black actresses already with an impressive career in TV, film and theatre. Bunmi is best loved and known for her role playing Mercy Olubunmi, the first Nigerian character on the UK’s number one TV soap, EastEnders. She also featured in producer Damian Jones’ film Powder Room as well as on Fallout and Future Wags of Great Britain, both Channel 4 productions. On stage, Bunmi starred in Gone Too Far at the Royal Court Theatre amongst many others.
Bunmi has taken her talents over to Hollywood in the United States with a film soon due for release and is now working on her own production with a view to linking the UK film industry with Nollywood