movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies,

List of famous film directors from Nigeria, listed alphabetically. Nigeria has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Nigerian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Nigeria and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

 Movie Directors

1. Adim Williams
Adim Williams is Nigerian film director best known for his work on the Abuja Connection trilogy of films. He has worked extensively in the Nollywood film industry since 2002 directing some 28 pictures by the end of 2006. His film Joshua was the first ever Nollywood production ever to be introduced on the American DVD market, released in America in December 2005.

Birthplace: Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Mr Ibu in London

2. Akin Omotoso
Akin Omotoso is an actor, film producer and film director. 

Akin Omotoso was born in 1974 in Nigeria. He is an actor and director, known for Blood Diamond (2006), Lord of War (2005) and Man on Ground (2011).

Birthplace: Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Jesus and the Giant, Man on Ground

3. Alki David

Alkiviades David is a Greek billionaire heir, a member of the Leventis family, whose holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property and shipping. In 2008 he was the majority shareholder of Leventis-David Group, which owns Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants in 28 countries.[3][4] His companies include the Internet-based television provider FilmOn, the home-shopping website 9021go.com, the streaming-video site BattleCam.com, and the modeling agency Independent Models. He has also appeared in feature films and on television, and is the executive producer and subject of the documentary Lord of the Freaks.


Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria, Greece, Cyprus
Films Directed: The Freediver, Fishtales, Me and the Gods

4. Andrew Dosunmu
Andrew Dosunmu is a Nigerian photographer and filmmaker who came to prominence in The United States after directing music videos for various acclaimed artists including Isaac Hayes, Angie Stone, Common, Tracy Chapman, Wyclef Jean, Kelis, Aaron Neville, Talib Kweli and Maxwell. 


Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Restless City, Mother of George

5. Andy Amadi Okoroafor
Andy Amadi Okoroafor was born in Bauchi, Northern Nigeria. He is an acclaimed Art Director in advertising, fashion and music videos based in Paris. His clients have included Xuly-Bët, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kookaï, Virgin, Galeries La Fayette, to name a few. Andy is also the founder of Clam Magazine, a quarterly magazine focusing on African creativity – distributed in France, Africa, US, UK, Japan, South Africa and Germany.


Birthplace: Bauchi, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Relentless


6. Anthony Onah

Anthony Onah was born on February 10, 1983 in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. He is a producer and director, known for Dara Ju (2012), The Cure (2008) and The Father (2008). See full bio »
Born: February 10, 1983 in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria


Birthplace: Makurdi, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: The Cure


7. Branwen Okpako

Branwen Okpako was born on February 25, 1969 in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a director and writer, known for Dirt for Dinner (2000), The Education of Auma Obama (2011) and Fluch der Medea: Curse of Medea (2014). 
Born: February 25, 1969 in Lagos, Nigeria

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: The Education of Auma Obama, Valley of the Innocent, Dirt for Dinner, NEUE BILDER schwarzer filmschaffender in deutschland

8.Chico Ejiro

Chico Ejiro was born in Isoko, Delta, Nigeria as Chico Maziakpono. He is a director and producer, known for Ashanti (2003), Polygamy 2: The Final Clash (2002) and Passion of Mind 2 (2004). He is married to Joy C. Ejiro. They have two children.

Birthplace: Isoko region, Tanganyika
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Deadly Kiss, Deadly Kiss 2, Outkast

9. Desmond Elliot

Desmond Elliot is a Nigerian actor and director, and politician who has starred in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap operas. He won best supporting actor in a drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards and was nominated for best supporting actor at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards. He was elected as a lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency, in the April 11,2015 Nigerian General Elections

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Edikan 2, Bursting Out, Reloaded, Edikan, Kiss and Tell

10. Ishaya Bako

Ishaya Bako is a Nigerian film director and screenwriter.

Birthplace: Kaduna, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Braids On Bald Head

11. Izu Ojukwu
Izu Ojukwu is a Nigerian film director. In 2007 he won Best Director for Sitanda at the 3rd Africa Movie Academy Awards, which received nine nominations and won five awards at the event, including Best Picture and Best Nigerian Film.

Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: White Waters, Alero’s Symphony, Sitanda, '76

12. Julius Onah

Julius Onah is a Nigerian-American filmmaker, who was raised in Arlington, VA and Washington D.C. after having lived in the Philippines, Nigeria, Togo, and the United Kingdom. He currently resides in New York City. In the summer of 2010 he was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film and in 2013 as one of Studio System's 10 Up and Up Feature Directors

Birthplace: Makurdi, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Big Man, The Girl Is in Trouble

13. Kingsley Ogoro

Kingsley Ogoro is a noted Nigerian film director, screenwriter and film producer best known for the acclaimed film Osuofia in London of 2003 in which he worked with Nkem Owoh. He has worked in the Nollywood film industry since 2003 mainly as a film producer and director.

Birthplace: Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Osuofia in London

14. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen is a Nigerian film director, screenwriter and film producer.

Birthplace: Benin City, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Adesuwa, A Private Storm, Bent Arrows, Home in Exile, Games Men Play

15. Mak 'Kusare

Mak ’Kusare is a Nigerian film director who won three awards for his first feature length film Ninety Degrees in 2006 at the Zuma Film Awards in Abuja, Nigeria. He wrote, directed and produced the film entirely on location in Jos, Nigeria. The film won Best Director, Best First Film/Video of a Director .

Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Duty

16. Newton I. Aduaka

Newton I. Aduaka is a film director and screenwriter.

Birthplace: Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Ezra, Rage

17. Ngozi Onwurah
Ngozi Onwurah is a British-Nigerian film director, producer, model, and lecturer.

Nationality: Nigeria, United Kingdom
Films Directed: Shoot the Messenger, The Body Beautiful, And Still I Rise, Coffee Colored Children, Welcome to the Terror Dome

18. Oumarou Ganda

Oumarou Ganda was a Nigerien director and actor who brought African cinema to international attention in the 1960s and 1970s.

Birthplace: Niamey, Niger
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Le Wazzou polygame

19. Pascal Atuma
Pascal Atuma is a Nigerian actor, screenwriter, director and producer.

Birthplace: Umuahia, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Who Is the Man?

20. Stephanie Okereke

Stephanie Linus is a Nigerian actress, film director and model. She has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress, including the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the 2006 Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress, and three nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

Birthplace: Imo State
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Through the Glass

21. Thomas Ikimi

Thomas Ikimi was born in 1979 in Westminster, London. He attended primary school in Nigeria, prep and public school in England, and university in America. He holds a literature and writing degree from Columbia University, New York. In 2002, in his sophomore year, Thomas wrote, produced, and directed the existential thriller 'Limbo'.

Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Nationality: Nigeria
Films Directed: Limbo, Legacy

22. Zack Orji

Zachee Ama Orji, born in Libreville, Gabon, in the 1960s, is a Nigerian actor, director, producer and filmmaker. Orji is a graduate of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Having grown up in Cameroon, Benin and Togo he speaks both English and French fluently. His first movie was in 1991, and was entitled Unforgiven Sin. Since then, Orji has starred in different movies and is now a Nollywood legend. He is married to Ngozi Orji has three children and lives in Nigeria.

Birthplace: Libreville, Gabon
Nationality: Nigeria



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