Obi Emelonye

Obi Emelonye
Born (1967-03-24) March 24, 1967 (age 56)
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Alma materEastern Mediterranean University
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
University of Wolverhampton
Occupation(s)film maker
Years active2000–present
Notable credits
AwardsSee below

Obi Emelonyelisten (born 24 March 1967) is a Nigerian film director. He is known for directing award-winning films such as Last Flight to Abuja (2012), The Mirror Boy (2011), and Onye Ozi (2013).

In 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down businesses globally, Obi Emelonye became the first film director to make a movie via Zoom, by working remotely with cast members in London and Lagos. The movie, Heart 2 Heart, received critical acclaim from major media outlets all over the world.[citation needed]

In December 2022, Obi Emelonye was presented with the British Urban Film Festival honorary award by producer/director Don Omope for a 20+ year outstanding contribution to cinema at a ceremony in London.


Obi Emelonye, a former professional footballer and law professional, graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with BA (Hons) Theatre Arts degree (1990). He went on to study for an LLB Law degree from the University of Wolverhampton (1998). He completed a post-graduate degree in Legal Practice from London Metropolitan University (2002) and practised Law for a few years before focusing on his first love, film. In 2019, Obi Emelonye acquired certifications to become a Chartered Management consultant. He is a member of the UK Directors Guild as well as the British Film Institute (BFI).


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref
2021 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Film by an African Living Abroad Won
2023 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Director Nominated

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