Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ijeoma Onah: The Most Influential and Powerful Woman in the African Film and TV industry

The most influential and powerful woman in the African film and television industry is Ms. Ijeoma Onah, a dynamic and highly resourceful young Nigerian entrepreneur and investor who is determined to break new grounds for Nollywood and Kannywood in the global entertainment industry.

Ijeoma Onah is a Film and TV industry executive experienced in aggregation, acquisitions and distribution of Film and TV programming both foreign and local for exploitation of rights by different platforms /across territories.
She founded and launched the unprecedented Nigerian International Film Summit (NIFS) at the annual American Film Market (AFM) in November 2017 to enable business driven conversations on the first and largest indie film industry in Africa.
She has managed African relations for the AFM and the establishment of the first Nigerian pavilion at MIPCOM, the global market for entertainment content across all platforms.

She said the core focus of NIFS will be on theatrical distribution of Hollywood films from major studios locally in Nigeria and the international distribution for Nollywood films by redefining the current and existing structures for global distribution; boosting the investment potentials and opportunities for more screens; analyses of current success of Hollywood films in Nigeria viz-a-viz performance of Nollywood films at the box office and fasttracking close-up of the gap between Hollywood and Nollywood at the box office.
She also concurrently launched the Nigerian International TV Summit (NITVS) as an international business summit focusing on various aspects of the TV content business in Nigeria. This includes, but not limited to content production, channel carriage, licensing, acquisition and distribution; project commissioning;  dubbing and post production as well as innovative content delivery solutions in the digital era.
The NITVS will bring together top local and international TV  industry executives involved in the content business and create the needed platform to encourage cross-cultural productions and TV content business  between Nigeria and other African countries especially with the French speaking countries in Africa as well as other English speaking countries both within and outside of Africa.

She is happy to have pioneered major inroads to Africa TV/ Film industry by various international events  by nurturing their confidence in Africa as an emerging market.

Her efforts at various international events in ensuring that quality business and revenue generation from licencing of rights for Film and TV content has resulted in more African participations at international events . She has also worked on MAJOR international TV / Film markets and industry events in Europe, North America and Africa.

For International Film / TV content markets, she has mobilized Africa and Nigeria in particular on behalf of the organizers. She has been instrumental in mobilizing the entire Nigerian TV industry for MAJOR international TV events and has taken pride in helping producers/distributors and broadcasters get the much needed experience, knowledge and exposure offered by their participation in these events. Both locally and at the international stage, she has been able to bridge gaps and provide much needed guidance and advisory roles in the film and TV business. With a very rich International database of contacts which include but not limited to Nigeria, Anglophone and Francophone sub-Saharan Africa and beyond Africa she has got access and contacts to all that matter in the industry.

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