Obi Emelonye

Obi Emelonyelisten Emelonye a Nigerian film director.[1] He is known for directing award-winning films such as Last Flight to Abuja (2012), The Mirror Boy (2011), and Onye Ozi (2013).[2][3]

Obi Emelonye
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Alma materEastern Mediterranean University
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
University of Wolverhampton
Occupationfilm maker
Years active2000–present
Notable credits
AwardsSee below

In 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down businesses globally, Obi Emelonye became the first film director to make a movie via Zoom, by working remotely with cast members in London and Lagos. The movie, Heart 2 Heart, received critical acclaim from major media outlets all over the world.[citation needed]


Obi Emelonye, a former professional footballer and law professional, graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with BA (Hons) Theatre Arts degree (1990). He went on to study for an LLB Law degree from the University of Wolverhampton (1998). He completed a post-graduate degree in Legal Practice from London Metropolitan University (2002) and practised Law for a few years before focusing on his first love, film. In 2019, Obi Emelonye acquired certifications to become a Chartered Management consultant. He is a member of the UK Directors Guild as well as the British Film Institute (BFI).[4]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result Ref
2021 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Film by an African Living Abroad Won [6]


  1. ^ "I donated my kidney as reparation –Obi Emelonye". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  2. ^ Micheal Abimboye (27 May 2014). "Nigerian movie producer, Obi Emelonye, arrested, released by police". Premium Times. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  3. ^ Benjamin Njoku (9 July 2011). "My Mirror Boy story, by Obi Emelonye". Vanguard Nigeria. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Obi Emelonye". University of Huddersfield Research Portal. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Princess Halliday empowers through new series". The Nation Newspaper. Lagos, Nigeria. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  6. ^ Banjo, Noah (29 October 2021). "FULL LIST: Ayinla, Omo Ghetto: The Saga bag multiple nominations at AMAA 2021". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 30 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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