A former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, is to chair the launch.of a 290-page book on female Nollywood film directors on Monday in Lagos.
The book chronicles the giant strides of the great women who have built Nollywood into an international brand and placed it on the top three of film industrues globally.
Titled: ‘Ladies Calling the Shots,’ the book chronicles the exploits of 16 female film and television directors in Nigeria and will be launched in Lagos on Monday November 13, 2017.
The event will hold at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Other dignitaries expected at the event are Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode; President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa and wife of Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki; Wife of the Governor of Kwara, Dcns Omolewa Ahmed; Speaker Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon Onofiok Luke; Managing Director of The Nigerian Ports Authority, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman.
Also expected are the Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University, Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah; Chairman Wale Adenuga Productions, Mr Wale Adenuga and President of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents (NANTA), Mr Bernard Bankole.
Written by Niran Adedokun, a Lagos-based Public Relations Consultant, Lawyer and Writer, the book profiles these directors right from their early days through their educational career and eventual choice of filmmaking.
Adedokun, who was one of the early reporters of the home video revolution which later metamorphosed into Nollywood, says the book was inspired by the irrepressible spirit of ladies who have forged on in this male dominated area of endeavour in spite of all the challenges that they face.
The book, which is over 290 pages is premised on the relatively obscure nature of the director’s role in the filmmaking process and the need to celebrate the women who are making Nigeria proud on this front.
Host at the public presentation, which takes off at 12pm, will be award winning actor, Femi Jacobs; while the book will be reviewed by award winning writer, Toni Kan.
Published by Grace Springs Africa Publishers, Ladies Calling the Shots features female directors like Lola Fani Kayode and the late Amaka Igwe among others.