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Niyi Akimolayan

Nollywood Filmmaker Niyi Akinmolayan | Tales of an Inspiring Film making Career

Niyi Akinmolayan

What you need to know about Niyi Akinmolayan | Nollywood Filmmaker and much more.

Niyi Akinmolayan is a Nollywood Filmmaker, writer and Creative Artist who currently leads in Nollywood’s film enterprise…. but it wasn’t always like that. In 2010, Niyi Akinmolayan defied all odds to produce the first Nigerian CGI science fiction Kajola.

A feat he later recounts as a huge failure. Barely a week after its release, Kajola was pulled out of major cinemas people tagged it as another show of Nigerian filmmakers ineptitude. In Niyi’s account, he says ‘If i had a gun, I would have ended it all’, to underscore how much of a failure he felt after the failure of the 130 million Naira budget film majorly bank rolled by his friend Adonijah Owiriwah (who later goes on to produce the award winning ‘76)

I had failed. I genuinely wanted to be hit by a car. I tried it twice in port-harcourt. Even Death was disappointed in me. Eventually I left PH. Penniless. I had to manage with a friend. Slept in the store. People would come hoping to meet the Kajola director and I would run away. – Niyi Akinmolayan

What Akinmolayan didn’t know at the time when he was wallowing in his failure was the impact such a dare had on many young people like Genesis Williams, Eri Umusu and the whole of Anthill studios. He later picks himself up from the dirt and goes on to direct great movies including ‘Make a Move (2014)’ ‘The Arbitration (2017) ‘The Wedding Party (2017)‘ and ‘Chief Daddy (2018)’ and several others which became huge successes.

Away from a messy Kajola experience, fast-forward 10 years later, Akinmolayan is still recording huge successes. From a man who didn’t want to have anything to do with Nollywood, to the top of Filmone’s list of top grossing filmmakers

It doesn’t just stop at Movies, anyone who has heard of Niyi Akinmolayan must know his first love is Animation. Niyi has a long history of CGI and Animations, far from Kajola, his animation titled ‘Malika‘ featuring the voices of Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Femi Branch, Deyemi Okanlawon, Sambasa Nzeribe, Blossom Chukwujekwu and many others has taken the animation world by storm.

I dare say this guy got balls!

So, two things are certain, one is that Niyi Akinmolayan and Anthill studios are too damn good at making mouthwatering trailers, cuz yunno, the way they got everybody’s hope up with that Kajola trailer before it went all the way down and the way they have done every other trailer since then always makes you want to dive right in. And the second certain thing is that Niyi Akinmolayan is not just one to give up too easily, maybe it is because he knows that there are many young people out there longing to see the Nigerian film making scene take a complete turn around with CGI and Animation or because he loves the art too darn much to quit.

Whatever his reasons are, he may actually be the future of Nigerian Sci-fi and Animation.

His Filmography include;

Elevator Baby (2019)
The Set Up (2019)
Chief Daddy (2018)
The Wedding Party 2 (2017)
Meet the In-Laws (2016)
Room 315 (2016)
The Arbitration (2016)
Out of Luck (2015)
Falling (2015)
Make a Move (2014)

And he runs a personal blog where he posts articles to help young creatives find their path –

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