Tarila Emmanuel Thompson (born February 14, 1968)[1] is a Nigerian actor, director, filmmaker, writer and musician. Thompson began his career in 1992 and is credited for his role in pioneering the English-speaking movie industry in Nigeria known as Nollywood.[2]

Tarila Thompson
Thompson in May 2017
Tarila Emmanuel Thompson

(1968-02-14) February 14, 1968 (age 55)
Lagos, Nigeria
Alma materUniversity of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt
  • Actor
  • musician
  • filmmaker
  • writer
  • director
Years active1992-present
SpouseFunto Diseye Thompson

Thompson is known for Love without Language (1993), Die Another Day (2004), Passion and Pain (2004) and Church Business (2006).[3] After taking a break from filming,[4] Thompson came back in 2012 to shoot his latest film In the Creek, a film which has been tagged Africa's most expensive export.[5] The film talks about the pains of the Niger-Delta people in Nigeria. As a musician, he is the owner of El-Montage Records, a music record label.[6]

Personal life and education edit

Thompson was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He hails from Bayelsa State,[7] a state in the Niger-Delta region. Thompson acquired a bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt.[8] He is married to Funto Diseye Thompson and has three children.

Career edit

Thompson began his career in 1993 in Love without Language. Thompson said of the movie that it was at a time when people only made films in the indigenous Nigerian language.[9]

To date, Thompson has several movies, both locally and internationally, including Power of Love (2002), Passion and Pain (2003), Church Business (2003), Die Another Day (2004), Above the Crown (2006) and In the Creek (soon to be released).[10]

References edit

  1. ^ "Nollywood's personality of the day, Tarila Thompson". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tarila Thomson as one of the pioneers of Nollywood in Nigeria". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Tarila Thompson works". IMDb. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Tarila Thompson's break from filming". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Africa's most expensive movie export". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Tarila Thompson's record label signee". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tarila Thompson bio". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Tarila Thompson bio". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "Tarila Thompson works". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "Tarila films". IMDb. Retrieved May 5, 2017.