Ojuju director wins at AMVCA

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Up-and-coming Ojuju director C.J. Fiery Obasi received the Trailblazer Award at the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2015, which took place on 7 March in Lagos, Nigeria. The award is the only AMVCA trophy for which there are no official nominees.

The award was presented by 2013 Trailblazer Award winner, Ivie Okujaiye, who stated that the award had opened doors for her and that she hoped it would do the same for this year’s winner.

Obasi won the Best Nigerian Film Award for Ojuju, and The Restless Pitch competition at the 2014 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). “It’s an electrifying feeling,” he said, “I was invited to the event and I just came to chill, lay back and celebrate African cinema. But I heard my name! No feeling quite like it, I must say. It’s the stuff of dreams.”

Ojuju, a zombie thriller film which Obasi wrote and directed, stars Gabriel Afolayan, Omowunmi Dada and Kelechi Udegbe. It screened at AFRIFF, the Eko International Film Festival 2014, and the 2015 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and will also be shown this year at the Shockproof Film Festival in Prague, and the New Voices in Black Cinema in New York.

Obasi is currently in production on his second feature film O-Town, a rags-to-riches-to-rags gangster story set in Owerri. He is represented by Restless Talent Management.

Source: Screen Africa 9 March 2015