Aremu Olaiwola Qudus (born 13 November 1993; professionally known as Director K and DK)[1] is a Nigerian music video director.[2][3] He has worked with artists of several musical genres including Wizkid, Skepta, Davido,[4][5] Burna Boy and many others,[6][7] winning 2020 The Headies Award for best music video of the year.[8]

Director K
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Background information
Birth nameAremu Olaiwola Qudus
Also known asDK
Born (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 28)
Lagos, Nigeria
Occupation(s)Filmmaker, music video director
Years active2018 - Present
Websitepriorgoldpictures.com

Early lifeEdit

Aremu Olaiwola Qudus was born on 13 November 1993, in Lagos State, Nigeria. Hails from Kwara State being born into a polygamous family. He choose to pursue a formal education in Creative Arts at Yaba College of Technology in Lagos.

CareerEdit

Director K began his career back in 2015 when he shot a music video out of curiosity with an iPhone.[9][10][11]

In 2018, Director K directed the music video for Case by Nigerian musician, Teni and followed by directing the music video for Skiibii's hit single Sensima.[12]

In 2019, he co-founded PriorGold Pictures media and production services company focused on music videos, creative visuals, and television.

In 2020, Director K directed Wonderful by Burna Boy,[13] and Suzannah by Sauti Sol,[14] which got him two Best Music Video nominations at 2020 Afrimma Awards. He went on to direct "1 Milli" by Davido that won Best Music video at the 2020 The Headies Award.[15][16]

In 2021 Director K directed the Grammy nominated hit 'Essence' by Wizkid featuring Tems, the first African song to chart the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200

VideographyEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Ref(s)
"Isabella" 2017 T-Classic
"Pareke" 2018 Teni
"Aiye" Barry Jhay
"Rambo" Dr Dolor feat. Teni
"Case" Teni
"Sensima" Skiibii feat. Rekaado Banks
"Mo lowo" L.A.X
"Necessary" DRB lasgidi feat. Odunsi
"I Can't Kill Myself" 2019 Timaya
"Your Love" Boj feat. Tiwa Savage
"Jealous" Fireboy DML
"Monalisa Remix" Lyta feat. Davido
"Eh Oh Ah" SDK jay breeze
"Monalisa" Lyta
"Nobody fine pass you" T Classic
"Jogor" Zlatan
"Big Engine" Skiibii
"Promise" Adekunle Gold feat. Simi
"Wonderful" 2020 Burna Boy [17][18][19]
"Park Well" Tiwa Savage feat. Davido
"Suzannah" Sauti Sol
"Know You" Ladipoe feat. Simi
"1 Milli" Davido [20][21]
"Abule" Patoranking
"Pim Pim" Dice Ailes
"Friday Feeling" Fireboy DML
"As E Dey Go" Naira Marley
"Insecure" Sauti Sol
"Ase Se" Barry Jhay
"Ojah" C Natty
"Onyeka" 2021 Burna Boy [22]
"Essence" Wizkid feat. Tems
"Rollin" Mist feat. Burna Boy
"One Shirt" Ruger feat. D'Prince, Rema
"Love Dont Cost" Magixx
"Ozumba Mbadiwe" Reekado Banks
"Running" Ladipoe feat. Fireboy DML
"Move" Bad Boy Timz
"Bounce" Rema [23]
"Balon D'OR" 2022 Burna Boy feat. Wizkid

CommercialsEdit

Year Brand Title
2020 DStv Football Is Back
Festive
2021 Kellogg's World's Number One
Havana Club Skepta X Havana Club 2.0

[24]

Munch iT Non Stop Munch

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref(s)
2020 All Africa Music Awards Video of the year Burna Boy (Wonderful)” [A] Nominated
All Africa Music Awards Video of the year Sauti Sol (Suzanna)” [A] Nominated
2020 The Headies 2020 Best Music Video Davido (1 Milli)” [A] Won [25]
2021 All Africa Music Awards Best African Video Patoranking (Abule)” [A] Nominated
Afrimma Video of the year Wizkid feat. Tems (Essence)” [A] Nominated [26]
Afrimma Video of the year ”Rema (Bounce)” [A] Nominated [27]
Soul Train Music Awards Video of The Year Wizkid feat. Tems (Essence)” [A] Nominated [28]
African Entertainment Awards USA Best Music Video Wizkid feat. Tems (Essence)” [A] Won [29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DIRECTOR K IS GUNNING FOR THE STARS". 21 April 2021. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  2. ^ "5 leading Nigerian music video directors you should know". 19 August 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  3. ^ "davido unveils visuals to 1milli directed by acclaimed director k". 3 March 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Watch Davido's Vibrant New Music Video for '1 Milli'". 3 March 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  5. ^ "DAVIDO SHARES COLOURFUL VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE, "1 MILLI"". 3 March 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Burna Boy spreads love in "Onyeka" visual". 16 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Burna Boy found his "Onyeka" in his new video". 15 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Headies awards: Fireboy DML, Wizkid and Omah Lay win". 22 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  9. ^ "i started shooting music videos with my phone 2yrs ago - music director Aremu kudus". 22 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Director K (Best Director In Nigeria) Shares His Experience Working With Burna Boy, Davido". 3 March 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Director K (Best Director In Nigeria) Shares His Experience Working With Burna Boy, Davido". 24 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  12. ^ "10 Nigerian directors pick their favourite music videos of 2019". 3 March 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  13. ^ "The 10 best Nigerian music videos of the month". 31 March 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  14. ^ "MUSIC VIDEOS, WORLD PREMIERE SUZANNA". 29 October 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Pulse Nigeria predicts winners at 2020 Headies". 21 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  16. ^ "Headies Award 2021 Winners list: Wizkid na Artiste of The Year, Omah Lay win 2020 Next Rated, Fireboy, odas win for di 14th edition". 21 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  17. ^ "WATCH THE DRAMATIC AND SYMBOLIC VIDEO FOR BURNA BOY'S 'WONDERFUL'". 1 July 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  18. ^ "Watch Burna Boy's New Video for "Wonderful"". 3 March 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  19. ^ "Burna Boy's New Music Video Is "Wonderful"". 1 July 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  20. ^ "DAVIDO SHARES COLOURFUL VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE, "1 MILLI"". 30 June 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Watch Davido's New Video for "1MILLI"". 3 March 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  22. ^ "BURNA BOY IS A DOTING LOVER IN CHARMING VIDEO FOR 'ONYEKA'". 15 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  23. ^ "Rema features Don Jazzy in new post-apocalyptic video for, 'Bounce'". 17 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  24. ^ "Meet the Lagosian creatives behind Skepta's Havana Club collaboration campaign". Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  25. ^ "Here Are The 14th Headies Music Awards Winners". 22 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  26. ^ "Afrima Nominations 2021 Full list of nominees both Nigerians, oda Africans artists". 23 September 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  27. ^ "List of Nominees for the 2021 AFRIMMA Awards (Full List)". 6 October 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  28. ^ "Wizkid and Tems bag 5 respective nominations at the 2021 Soul Train Awards". 3 November 2021. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  29. ^ "Wizkid bags five awards at African Entertainment Awards 2021". 31 December 2021. Retrieved 5 January 2022.