Oladimeji: Emerging Nigerian force in U.S. film circuit

Oladimeji: Emerging Nigerian force in U.S. film circuit

Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:37 am


Oladimeji (left) on a set with a colleague

Though he studied Psychology at University of Lagos graduating with honours in 2013, Olamide Oladimeji knew that his future is in the glamorous world of the cameras, lights and sounds.

Indeed, he had excelled as part of different successful television and film productions before and while at the university. Immediately after his graduation, he immediately sets out to the United States to further equip himself with skills necessary to achieve his dreams.

He studied Cinematography at the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles and graduated in 2015 with a diploma. Armed with the qualification from the elite school, Olamide is gradually emerging as one of the notable Nigerians in the U.S. film circuit.

In the past one year, he has been shooting more of narratives in form of short films and TV pilots some of which have been hugely successful in the festival circle.

Oladimeji behind the camera on one of the recent productions he was involved in

A short Japanese drama written and directed by compatriot Paul Okpuno  has gone on to be screened and won awards in different countries across the world like US, Poland, Iran to mention a few.  Another project of his still making festival rounds is The Boy in The Mirror, a drama of a 24-year-old man having a split personality with his 6-year-old self. The project has won the Brazilian writer and director Fernanda Schein award and several other awards around the United States.

Young Oladimeji has identified second half of 2017 as a period where is filming more of commercials and music videos. Most recently, Olamide alongside his colleague Francis Ukpolo produced Adekunle Gold’s summer tune, Call on Me.

And though his career is still at burgeoning stage, Olamide has worked with top names in the music industry like Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon, Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, The Game, Terrence Howard, Jeremih, Bob The Drag Queen to mention a few.

No doubt, Olamide is living his dreams and the future is looking so bright for the young film maker.

By Ayorinde Oluokun

 

 

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