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Uduak Isong Oguamanam is a Nigerian Nollywood scriptwriter, producer and entrepreneur[1] 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.

She has a master's degree in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester She also has a Diploma in French from Alliance Francaiein, Lagos, Nigeria.[2]

CareerEdit

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.[2] Isong Oguamanam began writing prose and poetry. She ventured into film "when it looked like it was the more lucrative thing to do."[3] Her early films were produced through Royal Arts Academy, Lagos, owned by her sister, Emem Isong Misodi.

Isong Oguamanam set up Closer Pictures, Lagos. Falling is the first film produced under Closer Pictures. Falling tells the story of love and betrayal.[4] The budget for Falling was 10 million Nigerian Naira.

In 2010, Isong Oguamanam directed her first film To Live Again. It was adapted from her short story which was published by Farafina magazine based in Lagos.[2]

TrainingEdit

Isong Oguamanam has attended training and film-related events. She attended the Berlinale Talent Campus, in Berlin, Germany as a result of her screenplay Unfinished Business.

In 2012, Isong Oguamanam was chosen by the British Council, Nigeria to the UK-Nigeria creative world partnership programme, in London, UK.[2]

She also attended workshops at Raindance in the UK

AwardsEdit

In 2006, Isong Oguamanam was awarded the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Advocacy and social workEdit

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.[5]

Isong Oguamanam also speaks on issues affecting Nollywood. In February 2018, she advised fellow film producers to "let other people sing their praise"[6] in response to producers releasing unverified box office figures.

OkonEdit

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.[7]

FilmographyEdit

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),

Year Title Role
2007 Unfinished Business Screen Writer
2007 A Piece Of Flesh Screen Writer
2009

2009

Edikan

Through The Fire & Entanglement

Screen Writer

Screen Writer

Screen Writer

2010 Holding Hope Screen Writer
2010 Bursting Out Screen Writer
2011 Okon Lagos Producer
2011 Kiss and Tell Screen Writer
2011

2011

I'll Take My Chances

Spellbound

Screen Writer

Screen Writer

2011 Timeless Passion Screen Writer
2012 Mrs Somebody Screen Writer
2012 Forgetting June Screen Writer
2012

2012

Kokomma

Troubled Waters

Producer

Producer

2012 Weekend Getaway Screen Writer
2013 Okon Goes To School Producer
2013 On Bended Knees Screen Writer
2013 Stolen Tomorrow Screen Writer
2013

2013

All That Glitters

After the Proposal

Screen Writer

Screen Writer

2013 Misplaced Screen Writer
2013 Lonely Hearts Screen Writer
2014

2014

Apaye

Dining With A Long Spoon

Screen Writer

Screen Writer

2015 Desperate House Girls Screen Writer/Producer
2015 Champagne Screen Writer
2015 The Department Producer
2015 Beyond Disability Screen Writer
2015 Falling (film) Screen Writer/Producer
2015 Stellar Screen Writer/Producer
2016 Fine Girl Screen Writer/Producer
2016 It's About Your Husband Screen Writer/Producer
2017 American Boy Producer
2017 Lost In London Producer
2017

2017

Troubled Waters

Cash Daddy

Producer

Writer, Producer

2018 Getting Over Him Producer

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Leicester graduates in the news: Uduak Oguamanam". University Of Leicester Magazine. February 14, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d ""17 Things You Didn't Know About Uduak Isong Oguamanam"". Wet in Happen. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Nwanne, Chuks (June 30, 2015). ""Filmmaker, Uduak Steps Out With Falling"". Saturday Guardian. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Salihu, Ejura (September 17, 2015). ""Falling To Premiere On 18th Of September."". Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Augoye, Jayne (May 20, 2016). ""Uduak Isong Out With Two Films."". The Punch. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  6. ^ ""Learn some humility guys. Let others sing your praises" – Uduak Isong on Box Office Figures from Nollywood."". January 23, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Husseini, Shaibu (April 8, 2017). ""Garlands for game changer, Uduak Oguamanam."". Saturday Guardian. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Uduak Isong". Talk African Movies.

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