|Known for||Blood Diamond|
Man on Ground
Tell Me Sweet Something
Early life and educationEdit
Omotoso was born in Nigeria where he grew up in Ile Ife, Osun State. His family emigrated to South Africa in 1992 after his father, Kole Omotoso, took an academic appointment with the University of the Western Cape. This prompted Akin Omotoso to study at the same university, obtaining a diploma in speech and drama. His mother died in 2003.
Omotoso ventured into entertainment while at the university. His acting debut was in Sunjata by Mark Fleishman. This also earned him a Fleur du Cap Award for Most Promising Student in 1995. He used the money from acting in the play to direct his first short films, The Kiss of Milk, The Nightwalkers and The Caretaker. By 1999, he wrote his first full-length film, entitled God is African. The film was released in 2003. He started a production company along with Robbie Thorpe and Kgomotso Matsunyane called T.O.M pictures in 2003.
Omotoso directed the television series Jacob's Cross on Africa Magic, M-Net and SABC between 2007 and 2013. In 2010, he began working on Tell Me Sweet Something; speaking about the script with Pulse Nigeria, he stated that Theodore Witchers′ Love Jones (1997) was the influence behind the film. Omotoso also noted that he received a grant from the African Women's Development Fund. The film earned him a best director award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in Lagos State.
In an interview with Azania Mosaka, he described the South African film industry atmosphere as having an enabling environment for aspiring filmmakers. He particularly acknowledged funds from the Department of Trade and Industry and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) that prepares film stakeholders for the industry.
|1999||A Reasonable Man||Photographer|
|2000||Operation Delta Force 5: Random Fire||Vice Consul Williams|
|2003||God is African||Former DJ||Uncredited, Director|
|2004||Gums & Noses||Furious Ad Man|
|2004||Lettre d'amour zoulou||Songs of Solomon||Voice|
|2005||Lord of War||General Solomon|
|2006||Gathering the Scattered Cousins||Short, Director|
|2006||A Place Called Home||TV Series, Director|
|2007||Shake Hands with the Devil||Paul Kagame|
|2007||The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island||Gamba|
|2007||Soul Buddyz||TV Series, Director|
|2008||Jesus and the Giant||TV Series, Director|
|2009||Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest||Director, Documentary|
|2011||Man on Ground||Director|
|2013||End Game||TV Series, Director|
|2014||Hector and the Search for Happiness||African Boss|
|2015||Tell Me Sweet Something||Director|
|2016||Wonder Boy for President||Kalu Akinrinsa|
|2016||Queen of Katwe||Rwabushenyi President|
- Raghav Mukerji, "Tell Me Sweet Something – Q&A with Director Akin Omotoso", Borrowing Tape, 28 February 2016.
- Shanaaz Prince, "Akin Omotoso: From actor to filmmaker", PressReader, 23 February 2017.
- Africa Film Festival. "Akin Omotoso bio". New York. Archived from the original on 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
- Chidumga, Izuzu (14 March 2016). "Filmmaker talks "Tell me Sweet Something," importance of musical score, what makes a film great". Pulse. Nigeria.
- Azania, Mosaka (30 September 2016). "SA's future of film is positive, says award-winning director Akin Omotoso". Radio 702.