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Akin Omotoso (born 1974) is a Nigerian film director, writer, and actor. Both his father Kole Omotoso and his sister Yewande Omotoso are also writers.[1][2]

Akin Omotoso
Born1974
Nigeria
OccupationFilmmaker
Known forBlood Diamond
Man on Ground
Tell Me Sweet Something
Catching Feelings

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.[3]

CareerEdit

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.[4]

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.[5]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Soul City
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 Blood Diamond Peacekeeper
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
2016 Naked Reality Madiba
2016 Vaya Director
2017 Catching Feelings Joel

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Raghav Mukerji, "Tell Me Sweet Something – Q&A with Director Akin Omotoso", Borrowing Tape, 28 February 2016.
  2. ^ Shanaaz Prince, "Akin Omotoso: From actor to filmmaker", PressReader, 23 February 2017.
  3. ^ Africa Film Festival. "Akin Omotoso bio". New York. Archived from the original on 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  4. ^ Chidumga, Izuzu (14 March 2016). "Filmmaker talks "Tell me Sweet Something," importance of musical score, what makes a film great". Pulse. Nigeria.
  5. ^ Azania, Mosaka (30 September 2016). "SA's future of film is positive, says award-winning director Akin Omotoso". Radio 702.