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INSIDE NOLLYWOOD’S TOP NOLLYWOOD LEADERS 2023

The Nigeria’s film and TV industry have gone extra mile this year and celebrating the leaders who have make it happened is one of our key role as the leading test magazine and information house covering the industry. Therefore, join us in honoring the trailblazers, visionaries, and exceptional talents shaping the Nigerian film industry. In 2023, these luminaries have redefined storytelling, direction, production, and performance, and have broken records. From groundbreaking hausa TV series like “Labarina”,”BBNaija S8 to visionary leadership in film distribution, they have elevated Nollywood to new heights.

From the stellar performances of actors like Funke Akindele and Richard Mofe-Damijo to the creative genius of directors such as Kayode Kasum, Kunle Afolayan and Jade Osiberu, each individual on this list had a glorious 2023.

Their dedication to innovation, quality scripts, technological advancements, and global promotion has set new standards for Nigerian cinema. We celebrate their contributions to the evolution and global recognition of Nollywood’s boundless potential. Here’s to a future filled with more compelling stories, groundbreaking productions, and the continued growth of Nigeria’s film and TV industry. And below are the list of those who make it to our list of 2023 Inside Nollywood’s Top Nollywood Leaders;

1. Adio Solanke(edited “Omo Ada Daddy”)

2. Alabi Mosadoluwa(the works he does at Nollywire)

3. Aminu Saira(directing the most appealing TV show in northern Nigeria and Hausa speaking demography “Labarina”)

4. Adebayo Tijani(directing “Jagun Jagun”)

5. Akintunde Damilare(the works he does at Shock NG)

6. Barny Emordi(Being the DOP for “A Tribe Called Judah)

7. Bolanle Austen-Peters(Being a visionary industry leader and voice and not being afraid to test the water)

8. Busola Tejumola(works she does in Film and TV Leadership)

9.Chioma Ude(getting AFRIFF to global scene)

10. C.J Oge Obasi(directing “Mami Wata”)

11. Collins Okoh(writing “A Tribe Called Judah”)

12. Daniel Okechukwu(the works he does building “In Nollywood”)

13. Editi Effiong(producing and directing “Blackbook”)

14. Fati Washa(being a leading actress in the TV series “Labarina & Manyan Mata)

15. Femi Adebayo(Excellent performance in the movie “Jagun Jagun”

16. Funke Akindele(producing and co-directing “A Tribe Called Judah & She Must Be Obey”)

17. Gbenga Emmanuel Ajetomobi(the works he does in the Animation subsector)

18. Ilebaye Precious Odiniya(being the winner of BBNaija Season 8)

19. Ike Nnaebue(directing the continuation of documentary “No U-turn”)

20. Jade Osiberu(directing “The Trade & Gangs of Lagos”)

21. Joy Efe Odiete(the works she does in developing unique means of film distribution)

22. Julie Ako(the works she does in bettering the quality of scripts and stories in Nigeria and using of AI and technology via Albantsho)

23. Kanayo O. Kanayo(for the roles he played in the TV series “AGU”)

24. Kayode Kasum(directing “Afamefuna & Love, Lust a Other Things)

25. Kunle Afolayan(directing “Ijogbon”)

26. Martins Ozigi(works he does with Brainjotter)

27. Mercy Aigbe(For producing and promoting “Ada Omo Daddy”)

28. Mo Abudu(For being a central voice and promoting the Nigerian film and TV industry potentials globally and for her phenomenal works at Ebonylife Studios)

29. Moses Babatope(For his works and contributions at Filmhouse Cinema and FilmOne Entertainment)

30. Nancy Isime(For the big roles played in the movies “Shanty Town & She Must Be Obeyed”)

31. Niyi Akinmolayan(For directing “House of Secrets & Mikolo”)

32. Nse Ikpe-Etim(Excellent acting in the movies “Shanty Town & Sunday Affairs)

33. Omotayo Queen Inakoju(For the works she does on film laws and licensing)

34. Opeyemi Ewumi(For the works she does in film marketing)

35. Rahma Sadau(For producing the first Hausa movie to stream on Netflix “Mati A Zazzau and her excellent acting in “WAR)

36. Richard Mofe-Damijo(excellent acting in “Blackbook”)

37. Ruth Kadiri(For the works she does preparing next generation actors)

38. Tobi Bakre(excellent acting in “Shanty Town & Gangs of Lagos”)

39. Tope Adebayo(directing “Jagun Jagun”)

40. Tunde Babalola(writing Ijogbon)

41. Toyin Abraham(producing “Malaika”)

42. Victoria Popoola(works she does at TalentX Africa)

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