I started following Seun Opabisi on Twitter a while back, and before I discovered that he made films himself, I could tell he knew his stuff about the subject. He has shared a few excellent films with me and I have come to trust his judgment. And so, I’ve asked Seun to share a few of his favourite short films by Nigerian directors that are free to access. Here’s Seun:
These are 8 of my favourite short films by Nigerian directors.
- Big Man (Directed by Julius Onah)
It’s about kids, the choices they make and how they deal with having made those choices.
- To Bleed (Directed by Michael Omonua)
My favourite types of films poke at a subject and leave you with the perfect level of satisfaction. Michael Omonua is slowly building a reputation for being deft at making these.
- The Life of A Nigerian Couple (Directed by Adeola Osunkojo)
This is a pretty funny short about the daily goings in a Nigerian home. The commentary is such a great touch!
- Yahoo Boy (Directed by Michael Omonua)
I mostly introduce myself to strangers as a ‘Yahoo Boy’, so this Short Film hits home (haha!).
- Beyond Plain Sight (Directed by Joseph A. Adesunloye)
Early last year, I saw this at a screening and I was blown away. Can someone please hand Joseph tax payer’s dollars?! He needs to make a feature film ASAP!
- 10:10 – (Directed by Gbenga Salu)
Since its first appearance as an online series, I’ve loved this.
- Party Of Ministers (Directed by Abba Makama)
Nigeria is Satire.
- The Encounter (Directed by Tolu Ajayi)
The Nigeria-Biafra civil war came with a lot of pivotal moments and truly human stories. This film paints a picture of one of those moments in the most non-sappy way possible.
I mentioned above that Seun makes movies also.. Check out the trailer for his short film that won a competition recently.. Immediately it is available for viewing online, I’ll share.
We hope you liked a few movies listed! If there’s any short films or Nigerian directors you think we should know, please share!