Cinematography is an essential part of filmmaking. It’s about creative visuals that reinforce a narrative and give the audience an emotional experience. It’s less about the equipment you use and more about how you use it, but this fact is often overlooked by contemporary filmmakers.
These Are Top 10 Director of Photography in Nigeria You Don’t Know
1. Baba Agba
Baba Agba is a producer/ director/ cinematographer whose superior eye for great shots can be seen in films like Ojukokoro (Greed), The Lost Café and Evol. He has also done some great work on short films like Erased, Visions and A Cemetery of Doves as well as his work on the web series One Chance. He got training from the MET Film School, Ealing Studios, London and is the managing director of BCI Studios.
Adekunle ‘Nodash’ Adejuyigbe is an editor and director as well as a cinematographer. He won the Best Cinematographer and Best Editor categories in the 2011 Nigeria Music Video Awards. He has worked on such films as Fifty, Ireti, Journey to Self, The Tribunal and Isoken. He was selected in 2015 to join 20 other cinematographers to partake in the cinematography masterclass organized by the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.
3. Toka Mcbaror
The self-taught director/ producer/ cinematographer has been a part of numerous film projects. In 2008, one of his films was nominated for the AMAA’s Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction category. Some of the projects he has worked on include Lotanna, Kada River and The Island.
4. Tim Folarin
Tim Folarin: His real names are Olanrewaju Olayinka Folarin He has steadily grown in recent years. He was trained by Pefti Film institute. Tim Folarin shot his first video in 2016 but came to Dagogo Records in 2017 when he directed Soft “TATTOO”. Since then he has shot of lot of high profile videos
5. Yinka Edward
The Nigerian cinematographer has worked on some easily identifiable hits like October 1, Confusion Na Wa and 93 Days. He won the 2010 AMAA in the Best Cinematography category for The Figurine and was nominated in the same category for the 2015 AMVCA for October 1. He has also worked on a short animation named A Love Story which won the BAFTA’s Best British Short Animation category.
6. Clarence Peters
The prolific Nigerian music video director and cinematographer is from a prominent family famed for their contribution to the entertainment industry. Clarence Peters owns Capital Dreams Pictures which is a full fledged multimedia company.
He is the most sought after music video director in the country. Clarence is no 1 amidst his contemporaries for his creativity. He has directed loads of award winning music videos. Clarence Peters charges nothing less than 6 million
naira to shoot a music video .
Sesan Ogunro is the blood brother of popular beat FM OAP , Gbemi. Over the years Sesan has brought us some of Nigeria’s best and most interesting music videos. He got his big break when he directed D’Banj’s “Mr Endowed Remix’ video. Sesan recently directed a video for an artiste I was been contracted to do PR for and he charged 3 million Naira for the 4 minutes video.
8. Unlimited L.A
His real names are Buari Olalekan Oluwasegun . He runs Msayc Productions .He has steadily grown in recent years . He was trained by ace film maker DJ Tee. Unlimited L.A shot his first video in 2009 but came to limelight in 2013 when he directed Sean Tizzle’s “Sho Le” . Since then he has shot of lot of high profile videos.
9. Adasa Cookey
This young man dumped his job with a telecommunication company to pursue his dream in entertainment. He owns Square Ball Media a video production outfit . The self trained video director who came to prominence after directing Burna Boy’s “Like To Party” video will not shoot a music video for anything less than 1.6 million Naira.
10. MOHAMMED MUSA
Popularly known as Mr. Moe Musa he is a UK based Nigerian music director. He got his major break when he directed EME’s ‘Get Down Tonight” . Since then he has directed a whole lot of top rated music videos. He has done videos for almost all the big names in the Nigerian music industry and beyond as he has also directed videos for Ghana’s Fuse ODG, R2Bees and many more. Mr. Moe Musa who is also an online video broadcaster charges 2million naira and above.