Uduak Isong Oguamanam is a Nigerian Nollywood scriptwriter, producer and entrepreneur based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is best known for the comedy films Okon Lagos (2011) and its sequel Okon Goes To School (2013), Lost In London (2017) and Desperate Housegirls (2015). Falling (film) (2015) is Isong Oguamanam’s first film under her own production company Closer Pictures, based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Early life and educationEdit
Uduak Isong Oguamanam is from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria. She is married to Chidi Oguamanam, a medical doctor. Her sister is Nollywood director and producer Emem Isong Misodi. Isong Oguamanam studied Communication Arts and Russian languages from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Isong Oguamanam first job was in the aviation industry as a cabin crew member for two years. She also worked in the capital market and telecoms industry. Isong Oguamanam began writing prose and poetry. She ventured into film "when it looked like it was the more lucrative thing to do." Her early films were produced through Royal Arts Academy, Lagos, owned by her sister, Emem Isong Misodi.
Isong Oguamanam set up Closer Picures, Lagos. Falling is the first film produced under Closer Pictures. Falling tells the story of love and betrayal. The budget for Falling was 10 million Nigerian Naira.
She also attended workshops at Raindance in the UK.
In 2006, Isong Oguamanam was awarded the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Isong Oguamanam tackles societal issues though her work. Her first project, To Live Again, deals with the stigmatization faced by people living with HIV. In 2012 she produced and co-wrote Kokomma which tackled female sexual abuse. Her film, Fine Girl (2016) is the story of a young girl who turns to prostitution to save her dying father.
Isong Oguamanam also speaks on issues affecting Nollywood. In February 2018, she advised fellow film producers to "let other people sing their praise" in response to producers releasing unverified box office figures.
Isong Oguamanam created the Okon character with the first in the series, Okon Lagos (2011). Actor Imeh Bishop Umoh acted as Okon. There are other films in the series such as Okon Goes To School (2013). Lost In London (2017) is the latest in the series, that continues Okon's adventures in Lagos.
Okon Lagos (2011), Okon Goes to School (2013), Kokomma (2012), Lost In London (2017), Kiss and Tell (2011), Desperate House Girls (2015), Fine Girl (2016), It’s About Your husband (2016), American Boy (2017), Falling (film) (2015), A Piece Of Flesh (2007), Holding Hope (2010), Stellar (2015), Unfinished Business (2007), Edikan (2009), Through The Fire & Entanglement (2009), Timeless Passion (2011), Bursting Out (2010) Troubled Waters (2017), I’ll Take My Chances (2011), Weekend Getaway (2012), Beyond Disability (2015), Champagne (2015), Dining With A Long Spoon (2014), On Bended Knees (2013), Stolen Tomorrow (2013), Mrs Somebody (2012), Forgetting June (2012), All That Glitters (2013), Misplaced (2013), Lonely Hearts (2013), Getting Over Him (2018), Apaye (2014), The Department (2015),
|2007||Unfinished Business||Screen Writer|
|2007||A Piece Of Flesh||Screen Writer|
Through The Fire & Entanglement
|2010||Holding Hope||Screen Writer|
|2010||Bursting Out||Screen Writer|
|2011||Kiss and Tell||Screen Writer|
|I’ll Take My Chances
|2011||Timeless Passion||Screen Writer|
|2012||Mrs Somebody||Screen Writer|
|2012||Forgetting June||Screen Writer|
|2012||Weekend Getaway||Screen Writer|
|2013||Okon Goes To School||Producer|
|2013||On Bended Knees||Screen Writer|
|2013||Stolen Tomorrow||Screen Writer|
|All That Glitters
After the Proposal
|2013||Lonely Hearts||Screen Writer|
Dining With A Long Spoon
|2015||Desperate House Girls||Screen Writer/Producer|
|2015||Beyond Disability||Screen Writer|
|2015||Falling (film)||Screen Writer/Producer|
|2016||Fine Girl||Screen Writer/Producer|
|2016||It’s About Your Husband||Screen Writer/Producer|
|2017||Lost In London||Producer|
|2018||Getting Over Him||Producer|
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- ""17 Things You Didn't Know About Uduak Isong Oguamanam"". Wet in Happen. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- Nwanne, Chuks (June 30, 2015). ""Filmmaker, Uduak Steps Out With Falling"". Saturday Guardian. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- Salihu, Ejura (September 17, 2015). ""Falling To Premiere On 18th Of September."". Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- Augoye, Jayne (May 20, 2016). ""Uduak Isong Out With Two Films."". The Punch. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- ""Learn some humility guys. Let others sing your praises" – Uduak Isong on Box Office Figures from Nollywood."". January 23, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- Husseini, Shaibu (April 8, 2017). ""Garlands for game changer, Uduak Oguamanam."". Saturday Guardian. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
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