By AZUH AMATUS
According to Wikipedia, film producer is a person who oversees a film production.
It went further to state that a film producer can be either employed by a production company or working independently’. It also added that producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting the script; coordinating writing, directing, and editing; and arranging financing.
Interestingly, since the inception of Nollywood via the birth of the monster hit film, Living in Bondage, there has been some outstanding and notable producers who are still making waves in the industry, despite the emergence of the new breeds.
These abundantly gifted and resourceful producers, who have paid their dues over the years, no doubt tower above their colleagues in the saturated and crazy Nollywood crowd.
Join #NOMAREC, as we take a closer at the 20 most outstanding pioneer male producers in Nollywood.
Famously known as Paulo, Mr. Ogunjiofor etched his name permanently in the annals of Nollywood when he became the pioneer producer of the first ever movie that came out of Tinsel Town in 1992, the blockbuster Living in Bondage.
Ever since, Ogunjiofor’s name has become synonymous with Nollywood, where he is still very relevant and highly revered 28 years after making history with what many had hitherto thought was a mirage.
This journalist turned film producer is unarguably one of the biggest names in Nollywood when it comes to quality movie productions.
The Delta state-born cerebral filmmaker, aside being a pioneer producer in Nollywood has also led the Association of Movie Producers four times as its national president, a feat that has never been equally till date.
Great Zik as he is fondly called has churned out formidable works as both movie and TV producer, to the admiration of his colleagues and teeming fans within and outside Nollywood.
The history of Nollywood will be incomplete without mentioning the giant strides and invaluable contributions of Opa Williams to its growth and current state. As a renowned and pioneer producer with several quality movies to his credit, witty Williams, has given so much to the industry and is still giving.
Williams, who is also the founder of Nite of a Thousand Laughs, is still making huge impact and discovering new talents in the industry he has laboured so much to help build and stabilise, even when many did not believe in it.
This unassuming and very hard working producer is a rare gift to Nollywood.
Nwokeabia made history and equally raised the Nollywood flag higher years ago in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where one of his many top-notch films, Champions of Our Time, carted home several awards in one night at FESPACO.
Till date, this six-footer remains the only producer to achieve such a feat in Nollywood, where he is still very visible and outstanding.
Ralph Nwadike, who is currently the national president of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP), is among the few pioneer producers in Nollywood still very hot in the game of filmmaking.
He has also successfully crisscrossed both worlds of film and TV productions with huge and visible imprints. Nwadike has been applauded within and outside the industry for his zeal and commitment towards the continuous growth of Nollywood.
You cannot write or talk about Nollywood without giving Chikwendu his due mention.
In fact, the Abia state-born foremost producer and one of the strongest voices spreading the unending gospel of Nollywood within and outside our shores, inhales and exhales Nollywood on a daily basis.
Chikwendu, a former national president of AMP, discusses Nollywood with so much passion. His painstaking commitment to the growth of the industry through quality movies and proper structures has earned him accolades and honours both nationally and internationally. Till date, he is still a formidable force in the industry, where he plays an active role.
Since his boss and mentor, Tade Ogidan, gave him the big break to become a producer on the set of Raging Storm in 1997, Onwochei has not looked back. This meticulous producer and film teacher has creatively taken his game to the next level since joining the big league.
He is no doubt one of the most sought after pioneer producers in the industry based on his capacity and competence when it comes to quality film making.
Obazele, a former national president of AMP, is still much in the game and making waves in the industry as a pioneer filmmaker with several great works to his credit.
As an outstanding producer, he keeps re-inventing himself and moving with current trends in Nollywood.
Nliam who originally trained as an agric-economist is a special gift to Nollywood. Aside being a pioneer producer, who evolved with the industry to its current state, he is also a talented sound tracker, whose sonorous voice has breathed life into most Nollywood movies with memorable sound tracks.
Famously called CK, this creative and daring producer is also a reputable fashion designer and has done immensely well providing rare costumes for virtually all his movie projects as a leading producer.
Since joining Nollywood from its early days, CK has remained one of the leading lights projecting the industry within and outside our shores.