Screenwriters are very essential in the success of movies. They play crucial roles in ensuring that movie script ideas are properly captured stepped down for actors to meaningfully interpret. Nigeria has produced high-profile scriptwriters of international reckoning. Here’s a list of screenwriters born in Nigeria who are well known for their escapades in the movie industry in Africa and beyond.
1. Alki David
Alkiviades “Alki” David was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of the Leventis family, whose holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property and shipping. In 2008 he was the majority shareholder of Leventis-David Group, which owns Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants in 28 countries. His companies include the Internet-based television provider FilmOn, the home-shopping website 9021go.com, the streaming-video site BattleCam.com, and the modeling agency called Independent Models. He is among the leading screenwriters from Nigeria. He has appeared in feature films and television programmes. He was born in May 1968. See more on David Alki here.
2. Anthony Onah
Anthony Onah was born in Markurdi in February 1983. He is a Nigerian-American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He studied at Harvard University after which he proceeded to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), for another study to actualize his dream of becoming a filmmaker. The UCLA film school s one of the 11 schools within the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) located in Los Angeles, California.
Onah is best known for his debut feature, The Price (2017), which premiered at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Award. Onah won the Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award for the film at the 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival. He is a famous screenwriter you never knew was from Nigeria.
3. Branwen Okpako
Branwen Okpako is a film director and screenwriter from Nigeria. She is listed among the world famous female screenwriters by Ranker. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria.
4. Julius Onah
Julius Onah was born in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. He is a Nigerian-American filmmaker, who was raised in Arlington, VA and Washington D.C. after having lived in the Philippines, Nigeria, Togo, and the United Kingdom. He currently resides in New York City. In the summer of 2010 he was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and in 2013 as one of Studio System’s 10 Up and Up Feature Directors. Onah is a famous screenwriter of international reckoning.
5. Kingsley Ogoro
Kingsley Ogoro is another famous screenwriter, film director and producer born in Nigeria. He is best known for the acclaimed film Osuofia in London of 2003 in which he worked with Nkem Owoh. He has worked mainly as a filmmaker producer and director in the Nollywood film industry since 2003.
6. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen is a Nigerian film director, screenwriter and film producer that is a household name among movie audience in the country. Imasuen’s are among the top most popular in Nollywood. He was born in Benin City, Nigeria.
7. Ngozi Onwurah
Ngozi Onwurah is a British-Nigerian film director, producer, model, and lecturer. She attended St. Martin’s School of Art, The National Film (UK), The Television School (UK). She has many movies and awards to her credit. Check her biography here.
8. Oris Erhuero
Oris Erhuero is a British actor, producer, writer, and former fashion model. After modeling for several years, he transitioned into television and film, with roles in The Adventures of Sinbad, The Bill, Highlander: Endgame, Black Mask 2, Sometimes in April, and Chicago Pulaski Jones. Erhuero has recently begun to explore film production and screen writing. He is a famous screenwriter you never knew was from Nigeria.
9. Pascal Atuma
Pascal Atuma is a Nigerian actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He was born in Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria in 1972.
10. Tony Sebastian Ukpo
Tony Sebastian Ukpo was born in Kaduna State, Nigeria. He is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.