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Underrated Nollywood Directors You Should Know About

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There are some Nollywood directors whose names are fast becoming household names such as Kemi Adetiba, Niyi Akinmolayan, and Kunle Afolayan because of their commercial success or unique directing style. However, there are some other underrated directors who are making magic in the industry and whose names you should also know.  

Eric Aghimien

Nollywood Director

Eric Aghimien is a director, producer, and writer whose debut feature film, A Mile from Home bagged numerous awards at the 2014 AMVCAs and the 10th AMAAs. Eric is a self-taught filmmaker who learned through online tutorials. 

He has made two short films, Hecto, and Leeway, of which the former was nominated for Best Use of Special Effects and Best Actor at the 2012 International Short Film Festival. He is also the director of the Nigerian action-drama film, Slow Country, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2016 Africa International Film Festival. 

Eric is also the founder of Hills Pictures Movie Academy which helps upcoming talents be discovered. 

Jade Osiberu

Nollywood Directors

Chances are you’ve probably heard of Jade Osiberu before. After all, her film, Isoken was the third highest-grossing Nigerian film of 2017. 

She has directed projects such as critically acclaimed Gidi Up, Rumor Has it, and, The Juice which was all broadcasted on Ndani TV. Her 2017 film, Isoken was her first feature film and she directed and produced it. The movie garnered rave reviews and commercial success. 

Jade Osiberu is also the founder of Tribe85 productions, a film production company dedicated to telling African stories to a global audience.

Imoh Umoren

Nollywood Directors

Imoh Umoren is an award-winning director who is setting the pace in Indie film making. He has produced and directed many critically acclaimed projects from game shows (MTN Family Gameshow)  to reality shows (Dessert Warriors Reality Show), documentaries (The History Of Nigeria), and sitcoms (Yaw’s and Myne)

Imoh is a director who is not afraid to step out of the norm. His 2014 film “Hard Times” was the first film-noir silent film in Nollywood. And it won the AMVCA awards for Best New Media Online Video. He is also known for his other projects, “The Happyness Limited,” and “Children of Mud” which have been tagged cinematic masterpieces. 

Imoh has many more projects under his belt such as 2019’s dark humor film, The Coffin Salesman, his political thriller, Lagos: Sex, Lies, and Traffic, and his political drama, The Herbert Macaulay Affair.


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