Òlòturé, an EbonyLife film about the international menace of sex trafficking is currently trending at top 10 movies on Netflix in the world, all thanks to Kenneth Gyang, the first Nigerian filmmaker to ever achieved this feat.
This is coming a few days after the highly-anticipated movie was virtually premiered along with a Netflix Watch Party, placing it as the most talked about film on social media.
Hailing Plateau State in Northern Nigeria, Kenneth Gyang is 2018 AFS Fellow at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, a graduate of the prestigious EAVE European Producers Workshop and co-founder of the film production company Cinema Kpatakpata.
Ebonylife CEO, Mo Abudu and Kenneth Gyang
The company’s first feature film script Confusion Na Wa (2013) secured funding from Hubert Bals Fund in Netherlands. The finished film won Best Film and Best Nigerian Film at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards as well the Jury Prize at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
The Lost Café (2017), his second feature was the Audience Prize winner at the Africa International Film Festival in Nigeria and Golden Palm winner at the 2018 Mexico International Film Festival.
Oloture (2019), his third feature had a private screening at CAA (Creative Arts Agency) in LA and had its premiere at the 2019 Carthage Film Festival, the oldest and biggest film festival in Africa and the Arab world. Gyang studied Film Production at Nigeria’s National Film Institute and screenwriting at Gaston Kabore’s IMAGINE in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Graduating from Nigeria’s National Film Institute in 2006, he went straight on to work with BBC World Service Trust as director of Wetin Dey (2006), a TV drama series addressing social issues facing young people in Nigeria and West Africa. The show is widely recognized to have set new standards in Nigerian media.
Kenneth has worked with the BBC and several international donor organizations as a media consultant. He is currently working on Kanta of Kebbi, Treasure of the Mysterious Islands and El Dorado Road, a multi-national film on migration which was developed at EAVE European Producers Workshop in Luxembourg, Poland and Denmark.
For more Entertainment, follow us on Instagram @OnoBelloMedia @OBStreetStyle | Twitter: OnoBello | Facebook: OnoBello Magazine
Leave your views in comments box below