Focus Africa: Making series in Africa. The rise of local series in Africa. The “Nollywood” effect.

10 October, 2023
13:00 - 14:00
Sala 1. Palacio de congresos


  • Nadine Luque
    Nadine Luque


  • Moses Babatope
    Moses Babatope
  • Mimi Bartels
    Mimi Bartels
  • James Omokwe
    James Omokwe
  • Femi Odugbemi
    Femi Odugbemi
Creative corner: Creators in series
Nadine Luque

CEO of Golden Arrow Entertainment

She has extensive experience as a film and television producer. ‘Great white shark’, ‘Die again’, ‘Without trace’, ‘The song of forgotten names’, ‘The Mule’ or ‘Silk’ are some of the projects he has produced.

Moses Babatope

(Co-founder/Deputy Managing Director Filmhouse Group | Managing Director, The FilmOne Ltd)

Moses Babatope has over 20 years’ experience in film exhibition, production, distribution, aggregation, marketing, sales and operations management. As Managing Director of FilmOne, Moses has been the mastermind behind the global distribution of blockbuster films such as Battle on Buka Street, Born Again Stripper (Ijakumo), Passport, Omo Ghetto: The Saga, The Wedding Party films, A Trip to Jamaica, King of Thieves, King of Thieves, King of Boys, The Merry Men Films, and Chief Daddy, to mention a few. He has also spearheaded international distribution partnerships with companies such as Walt Disney with whom FilmOne has delivered the highest grossing film of all time Black Panther Wakanda Forever, Warner Brothers who FilmOne has distributed blockbuster hits such as Barbie, Aquaman and Black Adam for, Empire Entertainment, and Sony Pictures who have experienced box office success working with FilmOne on films like Spiderverse and Spiderman No Way Home . Moses is an Executive Producer of Battle on Buka Street, Born Again Stripper, Passport, The Order of Things, Sugar Rush, The Wedding Party 1 and 2, The Set Up 1 and 2, Merry Men 1& 2, The Ghost & The Tout Too and another thirty plus films.

He is also a co-founder of Filmhouse Cinemas, Nigeria’s biggest cinema chain and the region’s sole partners to IMAX, Mediamation (MX4D) and DBOX.

Moses holds a Bachelor’s degree in Money banking & Finance and a Master’s degree in International finance, both from Middlesex University, London. He was endorsed as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in May 2019 and has been a panelist and speaker in several international film conferences. Moses was a Juror of the 2020/21 Nigeria Oscars Selection Committee and became an elected member of the 49th International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (organizers of the International Emmy Awards) in 2021. In June 2022, he was appointed by the academy a Juror of the 50th International Emmy Awards. Moses is Publisher and Editor In Chief of the annual Nigerian Box Office Year Book, a cinema industry publication that is well read and in it’s 4th edition.

Mimi Bartels

General Manager of FilmOne Studios, one of the largest premium film production companies in West Africa.

Mimi has produced, supervised, consulted on several Nigerian movies and has worked on over 30 co-productions which have mostly been commercially successful including the current highest grossing film of all time in West Africa, Battle On Buka Street; she has Producer/Co-Executive Producer/Supervising Producer credit in over 25 films.

She was previously FilmOne Entertainment’s Head of Production and Head of Accounts for Nollywood, South Africa’s Empire Entertainment & Independent films. FilmOne Entertainment is home to Warner Bros, Disney, Sony, 20th Century FOX, Empire Entertainment in West Africa and premium Nollywood content including King of Thieves, Sugar Rush, King of Boys 1, The Wedding Party 1 & 2, and more.

Before joining FilmOne Entertainment, Mimi worked for the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) under New Media. In 2021, Mimi Bartels was listed as top Cinema Film Producer, Variety Magazine’s “Women That Have Made an Impact in Global Entertainment,” and celebrated by Golden Globes Awards.

James Omokwe

James has served as Executive producer/Show Runner on Africa Magic’s Telenovelas – Unbroken (2019), Riona (2020), Itura (2022), Cheta’m (2023) and Showmax’s limited series, Diiche (2022).

James Omokwe is the founder and CEO of Feemo Vision Limited. He is an AMAA (Africa Movie Academy Awards), AMVCA (Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards) and Future Awards nominated filmmaker and producer. He also holds a Film Directing Diploma from NYFA (New York Film Academy) and a B.A. in Creative Arts from UNILAG.

He started off professionally as an actor. He was cast as Chris Okereke on M-NET’s biggest soap opera, TINSEL, where he garnered on hand experience that informed his directing career. He worked under the publicity and special projects department at Del-York International, a media consulting firm in Lagos and finally decided to start his own company.

In 2010, he started his 1st production company called Studio84 Connect International. He directed his 1st feature film, Awakening in 2011 and with his creative use of simple gritty footage and clever premise, James established himself as a fresh talent with distinct vision, and this was further emphasized by a 2013 AMAA nomination and Best film category at the AMVCA. The film Awakening, which had its box office release in 2013 created media buzz and made its way through audiences via television, radio interviews, social media and print.

Awakening was eventually licensed by Netflix in 2014. Off the success of Awakening, James further directed TV films; ‘Tromper’ and Dear Avalon’ for Ebony life TV; ‘Stalked’ and ‘When you die’ for Africa Magic Original Films. In 2016, He co-created, produced and directed a Web Series – One Chance for Ndani TV powered by Guaranty Trust Bank.

He served as a Series Producer for an Africa Magic talk show ‘Highlites with IK’ (2014-2017), an Executive Producer and Director for an Africa Magic TV Series ‘Head over heels’ (2017) and in 2018, he executive produced and directed Africa Magic 1st Epic Telenovela ‘Ajoche’. He later produced another Africa Magic Comedy Talk Show called ‘Comedy Nites’ with IK Osakioduwa in 2019.

Femi Odugbemi

Femi has brought to screen some of sun-Saharan Africa’s most successful television drama series.

He was founding Content producer of TINSEL in 2008. The soap-opera was Nigeria’s first studio multi camera daily series and also now one of the longest running ever with over 0ver 3,500 episodes and counting. He also produced the popular telenovella ‘BATTLELEGROUND. Other popular drama series produced by ODUGBEMI include the crime series ‘BRETHREN,’ the migration story “MOVEMENT: JAPA.’, ‘THE EVE’ and his more recent work the political drama series “COVENANT.” He has also produced and directed feature films including MAROKO (2006), GIDI BLUES (2016), 4th ESTATE (2017) and CODE WILO (2018).

Femi Odugbemi is a renowned writer, filmmaker, television Producer and Founder/Executive Producer of Zuri24 Media, a content production company in Lagos. He studied film and television production at the Montana State University, Bozeman Montana, USA (Class of 1984) He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars) and also a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys) He is one of the few distinguished filmmakers in the continent who is elected to both the Film and TV international academies.

Femi is also leading voice in documentary films in Nigeria. He has written and produced many critically acclaimed documentary titles including ‘OUI VOODOO’ (2005), ‘IBADAN:Cradle of Literati’ (2006) ‘METAMOPHOSIS’ (2006), ‘ORIKI’ (2008) ‘BARIGA BOY’ (2009) ‘And the Chain was Not’ (2010) ‘FAGUNWA: Literature, Language and Literalism'(2013) ‘MAKOKO: Futures Afloat’, (2016) and the recent ‘UNMASKED: Leadership, Trust and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria’ (2021) .

He is a former President of the Independent Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN), a Board member of the Committee for Relevant Arts (CORA) and a Fellow of Theatre Arts of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).

He has also served as a five-time Head Judge of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA), 3 times Head Jury of the Uganda Film Festival, Juror of the Johannesburg International Film Festival South Africa, and a Juror/Mentor of the NETFLIX/UNESCO African Folktales Reimagined project.

In 2010 Femi co-founded the iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival. It has attracted many global filmmakers and films to his home city Lagos. Screenings are held in several inner city suburbs and at the famous Freedom Park, a colonial prison converted to an art exhibition and performance space. The Festival has pursued with vigour its theme of “Africa in self-conversation” championing films and stories from Africa, about Africa and by Africans.

Deeply passionate about impacting the younger generation of African storytellers, Femi was the pioneer Academy Director of the Multichoice Talent Factory in West Africa (2018-2022) He currently facilitates trainings and film courses in for NYU Abi Dhabi and Pan-Atlantic University Lagos. In November 2013 Femi was honoured with the Excellence Award of the Society of the Performing Arts of Nigeria (SPAN) and in 2018 he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award of the Nigeria Film Corporation.