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Top 10 Nollywood Directors in Nigeria and their Net Worth

In this post, we look at the Top 10 Nollywood Directors in Nigeria. These are guys who make it big in the Nigerian movie industry.

Nollywood, in recent time, has remained  on the spot light, as the Nigerian movie industry, with respect to its product, which had received international praises.

However, the entertainment industry  im Nigeria has gone a long way in the nation’s movie production, and has made exceptional success, all because of some fresh energy that the renowned filmmakers, as explained in this article have brought into the the industry.

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Top 10 Nollywood Directors in Nigeria and their Net Worth
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Top 10 Nollywood Directors in Nigeria and their Net Worth

1. Dolapo Lola Adeleke (LowlaDee)

Dolapo Lola Adeleke, alias LowlaDee, is in her late 20s, about 28 year old or thereabout, she is filmmaker  and is currently making her mark in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

LowlaDee actually read Mass Communications at the Covenant University, nevertheless, her filmmaking career formally started in the year, 2011 immediately she finished her programme at the university and then got her production company called, LowlaDee Productions Africa registered.

While speaking with the Bella Naija, the renowned film director and a writer, and an editor as well as a, producer, talks about how her passion for filmmaking was inspired during her trying time after a car accident in her teen years.

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2. Jadesola Osiberu

Jadesola Osiberu is one of the best 10 Nollywood Directors in Nigeria, and she is also known as a writer, and a producer, and also a director of Isoken, which was in 2017, ranked the third highest grossing Nigerian film.

Some of the works in Jadesola Osiberu’s directorial portfolio were those of the highly acclaimed television series called, ‘Gidi Up’, and the ‘Rumour Has It’ as well as, the ‘The Juice’, that she had put together on Ndani television, which was an online entertainment platform, whose aims was to celebrates and  also showcases most of the African art, and African fashion, and African film, and African business,  and African sports and African lifestyle that were considered the best.

She studied Computer and Systems Engineering at the University of Manchester, but she considered filmmaking as her passion.

3. Biyi Bandele

Biyi Bandele is another top 10 Nollywood Director in Nigeria, who based in the United Kingdom.  He is a novelist, and a playwright as well as, a filmmaker.

A writer, this renowned filmmaker had won his first ever short-story competition, and that was when he was just 14. Born 1967 in Kaduna, a city where he grew up as a young child, and then  left at the age of 18.

Coming to Lagos, he went to study drama at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1987 and after two years of study, Biyi won the International Student Play Script competition for his play, titled, the ‘Rain’.

It was in 1990, when Biyi travelled to London along with his own two novel manuscripts that these manuscripts were published. The manuscripts were later published and then commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre.

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4. Ishaya Bako

Ishaya Bako is one of the best film directors in Nigeria, Ishaya who was born in 1986, is also a good screenwriter.

He had to traveled to London in 2008 just to study at the London Film School. Initially, Ishaya, was a graduate of Management Information Systems from the Covenant University.

It was not until his third year in college that he began to developed deep passion for filmmaking. After a year, while on a trip to his home in Kaduna from River State, the filmmaker had a near-fatal accident.

It was in this year of incident, that Ishaya starts what I may called, soul searching, where he allowed his through merged into what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, and finally realized that filmmaking is what he has passion for.

5. Tope Oshin

Tope Oshin is another best Nollywood Directors in the country. Although today, Tope Oshin is a television and a film director, and also a producer as well as, a casting director, she initially studied economics at the University of Ilorin, there after abandoned the programme, and left for Lagos State University, and there at the Lagos State university, was where she completed a degree programme in Theatre Arts, and Television and Film Production.

After her graduation, she had decided to develop her passion for filmmaking. She had also furthered her education programme at Colorado Film School of the Community College of Aurora, Denver, where she majored on film directing.

6. Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan is one of the 10 best Nollywood directors in Nigeria. He is an actor, and a producer and a film director. Kunle Afolayan read economics in college and after which, worked in one of the banks in the country, before eventually enrolling in the New York Film Academy.

Kunle Afolayan was then hailed by The New York Times as ‘The Scorsese of Lagos,.  He belonged to a set of budding stars in the industry, who actually had joined the younger generation of Nigerian filmmakers to leading to the transitioning of the Nigerian Nollywood into what we have today as a more mature industry.

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7. Newton Aduaka

This renowned filmmaker was born in 1966, and has played a major role in making sure that the Nigerian entertainment industry is promoted both at the regionally level and at the internationally level.

Newton Aduaka was once an engineering student in England. The young filmmaker at a point bad to switched into pursuing a degree in Video Arts, then at the London International Film School.

Newton had made various short films and has also set up his studio  for production, which he called, ‘Granite FilmWorks’.

8. Jeta Amata

Jeta Amata is yet another top best Nollywood director, whose film  titiled ‘Black November’ attacks the political and the geopolitics head on.

The title of the film however, made a reference to the execution of that environmental activist, who goes by the name, as Ken Saro-Wiwa, an activist who led a protest of campaign against the then, multinational oil companies in the country.

His had actually addressed those dark days of history, which has to do with Western exploitation of the nation’s rich oil resources and that of the official corruption witnessed in Nigeria.

9. Zina Saro-Wiwa

Zina Saro-Wiwa is another best that Nigeria has produced in the area of filmmaking. She is a multimedia installation artist, and she is also a filmmaker.

She had one time worked as a BBC journalist. Zina Sari Wiwa was born here in the country, but was later raised in the United Kingdom together with her own twin sister, by the name Noo Saro-Wiwa, who authored, ‘Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria’.

Having taken her own cue from the United Kingdom’s ‘Hello!’ Magazine, her film had to zoom into the Nigeria’s celebrity culture as well as, the high society via the country’s popular culture magazine, known as, Ovation.

10. Tope Oshin

Tope Oshin is another best Nollywood Directors in the country. Although today, Tope Oshin is a television and a film director, and also a producer as well as, a casting director, she initially studied economics at the University of Ilorin, there after abandoned the programme, and left for Lagos State University, and there at the Lagos State university, was where she completed a degree programme in Theatre Arts, and Television and Film Production.

After her graduation, she had decided to develop her passion for filmmaking. She had also furthered her education programme at Colorado Film School of the Community College of Aurora, Denver, where she majored on film directing.

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Conclusion

The entertainment industry  im Nigeria has gone a long way in the nation’s movie production, and has made exceptional success, all because of some fresh energy that the renowned filmmakers, as explained in this article have brought into the the industry.

 

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