Kemi Adetiba has become a household name in the entertainment industry due to her success as a filmmaker and television director.
Her 2017 movie “The Wedding Party 2” made history as the highest-grossing Nigerian movie. She also won the City People Entertainment Award for Best Music Video Director Of The Year in 2015.
All these and the fact that she achieved them before the age of 40 make her nothing short of phenomenal.
But who was Kemi Adetiba before the fame?
Here are 10 things to know about the prolific filmmaker
1. Kemi is the daughter of Dele Adetiba, a veteran in the advertising and broadcasting industry.
2. She took an interest in media and entertainment right from a young age when she starred in two national television commercials for the iconic detergent brand OMO.
3. Although she knew she would eventually venture into the entertainment industry, she first attended the university to study Law. According to her, she wanted to secure a safety net for herself before pursuing her dreams.
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4. Kemi began her professional career, while an undergraduate, as a radio presenter with Rhythm 93.7 FM. She had a brief stint there and voiced two nationally syndicated shows: Soul’d Out and Sunday at the Seaside.
5. She was also a presenter and producer on MNET’s Studio 53 which she anchored alongside IK Osakioduwa.
6. She was the host for three consecutive seasons of the Maltina Dance Hall Show and also a presenter on Soundcity.
7. She enrolled in the Newyork Film Academy to gain practical experience in filmmaking. This paid off eventually as her works speak for her.
8. Across The Bloodied Ocean, her short film, starring Osas Ighodaro, gained so much traction that it was screened at the 2009 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta.
9. She has an incredible body of work in music video production and has shot a good number of music videos for music artists including TY Bello’s “Ekundayo”, Niyola’s “Toh Bad”, Waje’s “Onye”, Olamide’s “Sitting on The Throne”, and Omawunmi’s “Today na Today”.
10. Kemi is one of the most awarded women in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Some of her awards include Best Female Video for the song “Ekundayo” by TY Bello and Best Female Video for “Today na Today” by Omawunmi. She was also nominated for Best Music Video Director of the Year at The Headies 2014 and has many more accolades under her belt.