Toka McBaror

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Toka McBaror is a Nigerian filmmaker, producer, movie[2][3][4] and music video director[5][6] born, raised and is based in Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria but originally from Delta State.[7] He received an award nomination for "Kada River" at the 2018 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival in Canada,[8][9] 6 award wins for the movie, Lotanna including: "Best Film", "Best Director", "Best Cinematography", "Best Art Director", "Best Costume" and "Best Sound Editor" at the 2017 Golden Movie Awards.[10][11]

Toka McBaror
Toka McBaror

Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Film director
  • movie producer
  • music video director
  • cinematographer[1]
Years active1998-present
Known for
AwardsSee below

He also has to his awards credits, "Best African Film" and "Best Nollywood Director" from the 2018 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, TINFF, which took place in Toronto, Canada.[12] for the movie, The Island, and was again nominated for the "Best Cinematography" and "Best Director" categories at the ZAFAA Global Awards, for his 2017 movie, Lotanna.[13]



In 2011, Mcbaror directed the Nigerian singer, J'odie's musical video, "Kuchi Kuchi (Oh Baby)".[14]

He directed the film, "Blogger's Wife", released to the Nigerian cinemas on Friday, February 10, 2017. The film was produced by Seun Oloketuyi, featuring Nollywood actors and actresses like Segun Arinze, Adejumoke Aderounmu, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ijeoma Grace Agu and Adeniyi Johnson.[15] Still in 2017, "Kada River" a movie produced by him was nominated for an award at the Nollywood Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. At the 2017 Golden Movie Awards, he was nominated in six categories, including: "Best Film", "Best Director", "Best Cinematography", "Best Art Director", "Best Costume", "Best Sound Editor".

In August 2018, the movie which he directed titled, "The Island" was awarded "Best African Film" and himself, "Best Nollywood Director" at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, TIFF, which took place in Toronto, Canada. In September of the same year, he directed the movie, "Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons" by Ayo Makun, a popular Nigerian comedian.[16] He was again nominated for the "Best Cinematography" and "Best Director" categories at the ZAFAA Global Awards, for his 2017 movie, Lotanna.

In 2019, he released an action Crime TV Series titled, Paper Boat.[17]

In early 2020, he directed Lilian Afegbai's first movie of the year titled, "Double Strings".[18] Later on February 22 at a press conference in Abuja, he announced the auditioning for his new movie titled, Red Caravan, which he would direct and co-produce, with estimated production cost of N61 million, and is to be shot in Kaduna State. The film centers on epilepsy and is set in the 1880s, at a period when slave trade thrived and is to be acted by about 600 actors and actresses.[19] During the Covid-19 outbreak, McBaror released a web series of short films entitled, The Chronicles, aimed at spreading public awareness on the Coronavirus disease.[20][21]

By 2021, his first ever attempt at horror movie production, a movie titled Creepy Lives Here had its official trailer released in January [22][23] starring Afeez Oyetoro, Nancy Isime, Bimbo Ademoye ex Big Brother Naija (season 3) housemate Temidayo Adenibuyan aka Teddy A, Beverly Osu, and Mike Godson. By February we had our first look at Underbelly Movie[24] which stars Nollywood notable acts like Stan Nze, Femi Adebayo, Ali Nuhu, Maryam Booth and Kunle Coker.

In 2023, he directed Dark October, a film centered on the true life event of the lynching of four young Nigerian students from University of Port Harcourt, who were falsely accused of theft in Aluu area of Port Harcourt popularly known as Aluu Four lynching.[25]




Year Title Singer Role Ref.
2011 Kuchi Kuchi (Oh Baby) J'odie director
2019 Power Rangers Teni (singer) director [26]
2020 Under The Sky Praiz director [27]


Year Title Actors Role Ref.
2023 Dark October Chuks Joseph, Boman Bognet, Oge Gabriel, Favour Ben, Prince David director [28][29]
2022 Almajiri Ayo Makun, Alexx Ekubo, Asabe Madaki director
2021 Underbelly Kunle Coker, Martins David, Femi Adebayo, Akume Akume, Stan Nze director [30]
Creepy Lives Here director [31]
2020 Double Strings Lilian Afegbai, Steve Asinobi, Ushbebe Comedian, Victor Decker director
2019 Paper Boat director
The Millions Toyin Abraham, Vera Chidera, Etinosa Idemudia co-director
Made in Heaven Toyin Abraham, Dauda Adewale, Cassie Daniel, Eso Dike, Lasisi Elenu director [32]
2018 Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons Segun Arinze, Fathia Balogun, Falz, Nancy Isime director [33][34]
The Island Femi Adebayo, Segun Arinze, Tokunbor Idowu director [35]
Kada River Fella Makafui, Chris Okagbue, Rachael Oniga, Joke Silva director •
2017 Lotanna Liz Benson, Chris Attoh, Henry Adofo, Jide Kosoko, Bimbo Manuel director
Blogger's Wife director
2015 Ikogosi Kunle Adetoba, Didi Ekanem, Chelsea Eze, Emem Isaac director •
2014 Cubweb Tomorrow director [36]

Web/TV Series

Year Title Role Ref.
2020 The Chronicles director [37][38]

Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2018 ZAFAA Best cinematography Himself Nominated
Best director Nominated
TINFF Best Nollywood director Won
2017 GMA Best Film Lotanna Won
Best Director Himself (for Lotanna) Won
Best Cinematography Won
Best Art Director Won
Best Costume Lotanna Won
Best Sound Editor Himself Won


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