ZUFF 2022 - Show The Money
PROF. OMOTSOLA DANIEL(FILM SCHOLAR) - CHAIRMAN
Professor Daniel Omatsola BA ,MA ,PhD Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan .Professor of Media Arts Criticism Department of Theatre Arts University of Abuja. He Lectured English and Theatre Arts in College of Education Agbor in Edo State and Delta State University Abraka Delta State. He was a visiting Lecturer on sabbatical at Covenant University Ogun State. He served in the capacity of HOD Theatre Arts Delta State University Abraka 1997-1998 HOD Theatre Arts Department University of Abuja 2018-2019. He has served and participated in various Film Festivals, programmes, projects, Cultural activities and in the production of films to mention but afew.
PROF. ALEX CHINWUBA ASIGBO (FILM SCHOLAR) - MEMBER
Alex Chinwuba Asigbo, PhD is a Professor of Theatre and Film Studies at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He is a Playwright, Actor Trainer, Critic, Culture Consultant, Director and Poet. He was the South East Zonal Coordinator for Abuja Carnival between 2009-2011. He was Dean, Faculty of Arts, 2012-2014; Director, Centre for Arts, Culture and Humanities, 2014-2019, Director, TETFUND Implementation Committee, 2016-2019; Head, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, 2017-2019 as well as National President, Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists, 2017 to date.
He has been External Examiner to many Universities in Nigeria. UI, UNN, Uniport, Uniabuja, Unijos, BSU, KWASU, IMSU, DELSU, Uniben, etc. He has supervised over 14 PhDs to completion and was one of the pioneers of Nollywood having produced two films in 1996 & 1997. He is a fierce believer in "Work as Prayer" and has thought in different Universities in Nigeria completion and was one of the pioneers of Nollywood having produced two films in 1996 & 1997. He is a fierce believer in "Work as Prayer" and has thought in different Universities in Nigeria.
DR. OLUWATOSIN KOOSHIMA TUME (FILM SCHOLAR) - MEMBER
Oluwatosin K. Tume is an award winning playwright from Nigeria. She is also a performing artiste, theatre creator, and scholar. She holds a BA in English, MA in Theatre Arts, and PhD in Performing Arts. She has numerous theatrical productions under her belt, and to her credit, several plays and dance scripts, which have been performed locally and internationally. As the Drama entry for the Nasarawa State Dance and Drama Troupe, her play The Pact won the first place at the NYSC Zonal Cultural Festival in Bauchi, 2009. Her Sweet Poison was among the selected scripts for the 2015 ASSITEJ SA New Writing for Young Audiences in Africa programme which was run in partnership with The Kennedy Centre’s New Visions New Voices project in Washington D.C, United States, and The Soweto Theatre in Guateng, South Africa. The play was read at the ASSITEJ SA African Youth Theatre and Dance Festival held at the Artscape Theatre, Cape Town from 22nd – 27th June, 2015. Her play titled Not That Woman is the only Nigerian entry among the seven plays in the Contemporary Plays by African Women anthology. It was published by the Methuen Publishers for the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies of the University of Warwick, via the platform of African Women Playwrights Network (AWPN). The play was also selected for staging at the Women Playwrights International Conference in Chile, 2018. Her play -The Victims, won the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) 2019 Drama Award, while her most recent play – Iyefemigha, is billed to be staged at the Women Playwrights International Conference in Canada, 2022.
Dr Tume is an Executive Committee member of the African Theatre Association (AfTA), African Women Playwrights Network (AWPN), and Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA). The other professional bodies which she belongs to are: the Women Playwrights International (WPI), International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), Association of Dance Scholars and Practitioners of Nigeria (ADSPON), and Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). Dr. Tume currently teaches in the Theatre and Media Arts Department of Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.
NASIRU BAPPAH MOHAMMED (FILM PRACTITIONER) - MEMBER
Nasiru B. Muhammad is a resourceful and dynamic Filmmaker, Behaviour Change Communication and Social Marketing Consultant. Over the years, Nasiru wrote, acted, edited, produced and/or directed several short, instructional, feature, documentary films and TV drama serials. They include various MOPPAN/A Daidaita Sahu Project films aimed at behaviour change. He also served as a trainer alongside Till Passow from Germany in implementing a filmmaking workshop organized by Goethe-Institut Kano for upcoming filmmakers from Northern Nigeria. He also served as a Resource Person for Duniya Juyi-Juyi film production workshop for Almajiris, organized jointly by the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano; Goethe-Institut, and Child Almajiri Empowerment Initiative. The project won the AFRICAST 2012 Special Award. Equally, as a trainer, Nasiru served as the Training Coordinator and resource person in Directing Class during the filmmaking workshop for 450 Kannywood Practitioners organized by Kano State Censorship Board and conducted by Moving Image Limited in partnership with National Film Institute in Jos. He served as a juror for BoB TV University Challenge and Film For Impact Film Festival.
Nasiru is an alumnus of Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and Bayero University Kano. He is a trained Festival Manager by the British Council. He also attended several courses at home and abroad including Shoot! at National Film Institute, Jos; Nigerian Television College, Jos; Center for Excellence in Film and Media Studies, Lagos; etc. He also participated in several workshops that include: New York Film Academy Directing Master Class; Screenwriting Workshop and Documentary Film Master Class organized by American Embassy in Nigeria; and Workshops on Broadcast and Film conducted by University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
Nasiru is the General Manager of Moving Image Limited and the Festival Director of the Kano Indigenous Languages of Africa Film Market and Festival (KILAF). He attended several International Film Festivals and is an official of Network of Festival Managers-Africa and also a past National Vice President II of Motion Picture Practitioners’ Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN).
ADEYINKA OLUWOLE ODUNIYI (RENOWED FILM MAKER/ITPAN PRESIDENT) - MEMBER
He studied Science Laboratory Technology at the Ibadan Polytechnic. In 1992, he proceeded to study Microbiology at the prestigious University of Ibadan.
While pursuing his Science-oriented course at the University of Ibadan, he fanned his passion for the Arts by writing and directing over twenty (20) different stage plays at the University of Ibadan. In 1997, a year after completing his study at the Ibadan Ivory Tower, he directed one of the first set of English language home videos to be broadcasted on cable TV in Nigeria titled ”New Dawn’.
Between the year 2000 till date, Mr. Adeyinka Oduniyi has directed and produced numerous award winning documentaries, television game shows, reality shows, talk shows, several commercials and movies. He was one of the pioneer Directors of the Nigerian ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, He served as Producer and director for ‘Celebrity Takes Two’ – the first Nigerian reality show produced by an all-Nigerian Crew, Produced and directed Malta Guinness street dance season 1-3 – First Television reality show to be produced by an indigenous Nigerian company for Guinness.
In 2015 Yinka Oduniyi made a statement when he premiered 4 movies at a go at film house cinema, under an initiative he created, “The 50naira story”, an initiative that seeks to produce a number of movies and series over the course of a year with the aim of discovering new talents and creating more job opportunities for industry practitioners. The initiative debuted with six movie titles and seven TV series, staring leading names in Nollywood.
Currently Yinka Oduniyi is the Managing Director of Audio Visual First, a foremost production outfit with core competence in production. AVF’s clientele base include Blue Chip Companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nigerian Breweries, Procter and Gamble, Unilever, Cadbury, Nestle, British American tobacco, Glo, MTN, Airtel, Diageo, Viacom International, Dangote group, Fcmb, Skye Bank, UNICEF, Reckit Benckiser and lots of other organizations including Society for Family Health, Bill and Melinda gates foundation and the World bank.
Yinka Oduniyi is the current President of Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria ITPAN. He has served in several capacities in ITPAN over the years, before becoming president.
Recently Yinka Oduniyi was executive producer and co-creator of an obstacle game reality show ‘THE MALTAVATOR’ which brought 40 contestant from Ethiopia, Anglophone and francophone Africa to compete in a first of its kind show in Nigeria. Which debuted across Local and cable television stations, in Ethiopia, Ghana, Cameroon, cote de Ivoire and Nigeria in the quarter of April 2018.
In the past, Yinka’s worked with Consolidated Media Associates, Studio 77 and was resident Producer for Alpha Vision Multimedia – Producers of Family Circle, Everyday People and Hard Tackle.
As Managing Director of Audio Visual First, Mr Oduniyi has won several awards personally and for the company he is responsible for developing business strategies and executions encompassing Marketing Communication and Advertising. Being a production person to the core, Yinka also serves as the in-house Director and Executive Producer for all AVF productions. He’s an idea cultivator and an expert at radio and television productions.
APOLLINE TRAORE, BURKINABE FILMMAKER - MEMBER
Apolline TRAORE, is a Burkinabe director, winner of several distinctions and awards. After traveling the world with her father who was a diplomat, she entered the prestigious Emerson College School of Art in Boston, United States. In 1998, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Her graduation film : "The Price of Ignorance" won the Jury Prize at Fespaco 2001.At 25, she directed and produced the cult series “Monia and Rama” and a few years later “The Testament”. Her first short film "Kounandi" was selected at the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto film festival in 2004. She worked for years on independent films in Hollywood, and then decides to return to her country in 2008. Her work places a particular emphasis on the voice of women and the scourges that plague the African continent and plead for a better and an equal world in general. After “Frontières” in 2017, “Desrances” in 2019 is her fourth feature film, both of which have won multiple awards around the world. She was distinguished in 2019, Knight of the Order of Merit, Arts, Letters and Communication and in 2020, she is installed Ambassador of the National Museum of Burkina Faso.
RONYA MAN - ISRAELI FILMMAKER - MEMBER
Ronya Man is an Actress, Producer, Director, Drama teacher and Acting coach for over a decade.She has been on all sides of the camera and stage.
Starting as an Actress, Man played in numerous plays and street acts before hitting a lead film role that took her to the International Film festival in Jerusalem 2009. After that she was invited to teach at the same acting studio she graduated from.Man produced and directed several plays and musicals, taught drama at different schools,coached actors for Graduate drama schools in New York, Tel Aviv and Berlin,and acted on film, stage, and street acts. Ronya Man also pursued a Singer-Songwriter career releasing several songs on the radio andhitting Song of the Year Award 2015 on Radio South.In Nigeria, Man has worked and directed on productions for Africa Magic and Irokotv, as well asthe Society of the Performing Arts Nigeria (SPAN) and some feature films.
She has acted on film, TV and Stage. She coaches actors on lead roles in Nollywood and holdsannual acting masterclasses. Many of her students have gone on to big productions in Nollywood. One of them is actress Ijeoma Agu Grace who has recently won Best Actress Award at Afriff 2021 for the role which Ronya Man prepared her for.
As actress, some of Man’s recent credits include the latest no.1 box office hit Omo Ghetto, and the Tearrakulture stage play of Wole Soyinka’s Death and The king’s Horseman, directed by BAP. She also played recently on another stage production of Wole Soyinka’s The Road, in Israel. As producer, Man mainly works on the Realtime Film Festival, together with renowned director Stanlee Ohikhuare, since 2018, creating platforms of trainings and international collaborations for upcoming filmmakers in Nollywood. With her cross cultural personality and rounded experience, Ronya Man bridges continents, working with professionals from Nigeria, Israel, Europe and the U.S., in acting, production and more.