A producer is a major backbone of any movie. You need to be witty, smart and informed to put together the right material and human resources to come up with quality big screen movies. The Nollywood industry which is the third largest in the World (behind Hollywood and Bollywood) has some of the best producers in Africa. Here’s a list of top 10 most influential producers in the Nollywood industry. This interesting analysis was first posted on nigeriainfopedia.com with up-to-date facts that provide insight on trends in the industry.
1. Teco Benson
Anyone who has been trends of events in Nollywood for a very long time, will agree with that Teco Benson is indeed a veteran producer in the Nigerian Movie Industry. He has helped to shape the careers of several Nigerian actors into superstar dominated and he is a recipient of several notable awards. Among his movies produced include State of Emergency, Blood Diamond, Wasted Years to mention but a few.
2. Dickson Iroegbu
Dickson Iroegbu is the National Public Relations Officer of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) and over the years, has been consistently producing really interesting Nigerian movies. Some of his works include, Women’s Cot, Burning Desire, and The Mayors which in 2005 won Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director and Best Picture at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
3. Chico Ejiro
Chico Ejiro is the brother of Zeb Ejiro. He has been around in the movie industry for a long time. He is the producer of the the popular TV series Treasures.
4. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen is a multiple award winning producer and director. He has been around in the Nigerian Movie Industry for a very long time and he is widely popular for the production of the film Invasion 1897. The movie stars Nigeria’s finest and other international movie stars.
5. Fidelis Duker
Fidelis Duker is credited with Kids Alone, a children’s TV reality show, a first of its kind in West Africa. He is also one of the brains behind the Abuja Film Festival. This movie producer has been around for a long time.
6. Emem Isong
Emem Isong is the CEO of the best film Academy in Nigeria, which is The Royal Arts Academy. Some of her works Include Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Before God and Man, Champagne etc.
7. Ayo Makun (A.Y)
Ayo Makun is a comedian of repute in Nigeria. Having made his name as a comedian, he ventured into film making and went on to produce the best selling film 30 Days in Atlanta.
8. Okey Ezugwu
Okey Ezugwu is a Nigerian filmmaker, distributor and Secretary of Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN). He has produced excellent movies like the Brother’s Keeper which premiered at the SilverBird Galleria Lagos, Nigeria on February 4th 2014. He is one of the renowned Film Producers Nollywood is proud to have.
9. Muyiwa Ademola
Popularly known to add some comedy to his acting. Muyiwa Ademola is widely known in the Yoruba wing of Nollywood and he is always fun to watch. In 2009, he won the Africa Movie Academy Awards for Best Director and he has since never looked back. He has produced Ori and Ile among others.
10. Tchidi Tchikere
Tchidi Tchikere has over 50 movies to his credit, he is one of those regarded in the Nigerian Movie Industry as part of the top class movers and shakers of movie production in Nollywood. He is also a musician who has had collaboration with OJB Jezreel, Marvellous Benji and Pat Attah.