This panel will discuss how fashion on movie sets has evolved in the Nigerian film industry over the past few decades, the influence Nigerian designers have on Nollywood and how the films produced have spread the country’s fashion sense across the continent. Participants will discuss the practical realities of costume and set design in Nollywood, as well as what the future holds for fashion in Nigerian film. This talk is in association with NSU Art Museum’s exhibition of Nigerian photographer Iké Udé who is known for his portraits of Nollywood stars. This event is free to the public.
Osahon Akpata, Moderator
Osahon Akpata is a former McKinsey consultant who is a writer, producer and banker that served as Project Director of Iké Udé’s Nollywood Portraits: A Radical Beauty. Osahon is a contributor to magazines and blogs including Vogue Italia, Forbes Africa, Mail & Guardian, Next Billion and others.
Enyinna Nwigwe is a Nigerian actor, producer and creative entrepreneur. He is best known for playing Nonso in The Wedding Party 2 and playing Tamuno in Black November. Nwigwe began his career as a print and runway model before transitioning to professional acting. Since appearing in his first film in 2004 Wheel of Change, he has worked alongside some of the most respected producers and directors in Africa and across the globe. In 2012, he joined the cast of Black November opposite actors Kim Basinger, Vivica A. Fox, Akon and Wyclef Jean. In 2017, he played the lead role in the South African movie All About Love that won best film Southern Africa at the AMVCAs. In 2019, Nwigwe played the role of Obinna Omego in the remake of the Nigerian classic Living in Bondage: Breaking Free and more recently played the lead role of Nura Yusuf in Nigeria’s first military-based film, Eagle Wings. Nwigwe also led a stellar cast in a soon to be released Badamasi: Portrait of a General, a biopic on the former military President of Nigeria and the most controversial on record. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role by the Africa Movie Academy Awards for his portrayal of President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) in the film, as well as Nollywood and African Film Critics Award, also known as the African Oscars, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Black November. In 2016, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor of the Year (English) at the City People Entertainment Awards.
Tope Oshin is a multiple award-winning Nigerian filmmaker. In March 2018, in commemoration of Women’s History Month, Tope was celebrated by OkayAfrica as one of the Okay100 Women and referred to as one of the top five directors in Nigeria. Tope, who describes herself as a film artist, is devoted to changing the world “one frame at a time”. When Tope is not actively filming on set, she’s giving back by teaching and mentoring, as is evident with her work with Ladima Film Academy, Tope Oshin Workshops, Nollywood Workshops, AWIFTEP and more. Among her most popular works as director and producer are Up North, MTV Shuga, New Money, Fifty, the documentary Amaka’s Kin: The Women Of Nollywood, and most recently, Here Love Lies, set for a 2022 release.
Yolanda Okereke is a costume designer and wardrobe stylist. In 2005, while pursuing a degree in engineering, Yolanda starred in a film titled Sting, where she styled her costars and herself. That experience birthed her fashion label, Rani Gisele. Wanting to actively influence the looks people put together, Yolanda pivoted into fashion styling and that set her firmly on the costume designer path. Her 2021 costume design credits include television series Castle, Castle Season 2 and King Of Boys 1 and upcoming films Chief Daddy 2 and Blood Sisters, all for Netflix.
Eku Edewor is an actor, producer and television personality. She was the host of the award-winning entertainment show, 53 Extra, which showcased the latest in music, film, fashion and red carpet events across the African continent. Born Georgina Chloe Eku Edewor-Thorley in London, England to Nigerian and British parents, Eku was raised between London and Nigeria – an experience that granted her the privilege of being exposed to two vastly different environments. In 2006, Eku was cast as a contestant on the hit reality show Britain’s Next Top Model, and soon after was signed as one of the faces of 53 Extra in 2010. As an actor, Eku’s credits include Flower Girl (2012) and When Love Comes Around (2015), which earned her a Ghana Movie Award. She also executive produced and performed in the theatre production Closer in 2013. She appeared in AMVCA’s most Nominated Film Nemesia Studios’ God Calling (2018), had a prominent role in EbonyLife TV’s Your Excellency (2019) and is currently starring as Nnneka Amadi on the legal drama Castle and Castle currently showing on Netflix. Some of Eku’s small screen credits include hosting the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, Big Brother Africa All Stars, Miss Nigeria and Elite Model Look Nigeria. Eku cut her teeth as a producer in the role of assistant to UK’s prolific film producer Damian Jones, working on projects such as Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Belle and The Iron Lady. She was a contributing producer on 53 Extra. She was the first Martini Rose ambassador and has worked with Guerlain, Calvin Klein and Lancome. She’s currently the brand ambassador for Sterling Realties Housing Estate, and Maiyegun Beach Estate. Eku is a graduate of English and theater from the University of Warwick and trained as an actress at the New York Film Academy. She currently divides her time between Lagos and London.