Nollywood's Must-Watch Director

Kemi Adetiba

The red carpet is out at the historic Elgin Theatre. It’s opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Kemi Adetiba is about to step onto the stage and into the spotlight. But the Nigerian director is growing increasingly nervous, having suffered a nightmare in which only 10 people appear for the world premiere of her new movie. At one point she confesses, “I didn’t want to attend.”

Yet a sold-out crowd of some 1,400 moviegoers has turned up and wrapped around the block to get in. Actor David Oyelowo, who portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma and whose family is Nigerian, is also here as a special guest. “I can’t wait to see this film,” Oyelowo booms into a mic, revving up Adetiba’s audience. “I’m so proud of Kemi.”

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