|Born||March 24, 1967|
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
|Alma mater||Eastern Mediterranean University|
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
University of Wolverhampton
|Occupation(s)||film maker |
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.
In December 2022, Obi Emelonye was presented with the British Urban Film Festival honorary award by producer/director Don Omope for a 20+ year outstanding contribution to cinema at a ceremony in London.
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).
- Black Mail - 2022
- Badamasi - 2021
- Crazy Lovely, Cool - 2018
- The Calabash (featuring Princess Halliday, Collete Nwadike, Alex Nwokedi, Bayray McNwizu, Lisa Omorodion, Enyinna Nwigwe, Uru Eke, Chris Okagbue) - 2015
- Thy Will Be Done - 2015
- Onye Ozi (The Messenger) - 2013
- Oxford Gardens- 2013
- Last Flight to Abuja - 2012
- The Mirror Boy - 2011
- The London Successor - 2006
- Lucky Joe - 2006
- Echoes of War - 2004
- Money Miss Road
Awards and nominations edit
|2021||Africa Movie Academy Awards||Best Film by an African Living Abroad||Won|||
|2023||Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards||Best Director||Nominated|||
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