Ladies Calling The Shots
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The new Nigerian Cinema, Nollywood, owes its global admiration in part to its open-arm attention to gender balance. As talented and beautiful faces won audiences over, many female professionals drew attention to the strength and spectacle that endeared this pivotal industry to audiences around the world.
Niran Adedokun’s Ladies Calling the Shots has perhaps drawn the most critical attention to the role of female directors in Nollywood. From Lola Fani-Kayode’s pioneering work to Amaka Igwe’s bold narratives, to the work of Mildred Okwo and Tope Oshin. This book is an ode to the Ladies who call the shots in Nigerian film.
Niran Adedokun is a Writer, Lawyer and Public Relations practitioner. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts and an LL.B from the University of Ilorin, as well as a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Lagos, Akoka.
He started his career as a journalist, which gave him the privilege of being one of the earliest reporters of the home video revolution that birthed Nollywood. He appreciates the irrepressible spirit of the Nigerian filmmaker and is particularly enthralled by the single-mindedness of female filmmakers.
He is a weekly columnist with The Punch, sabinews.com and thecable.ng.
Niran resides in Lagos with his family.