Tope Oshin Ogun

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Tope Oshin is a Nigerian television and Film Director, Producer and Casting Director. In 2015 Pulse magazine named her as one of "9 Nigerian female movie directors you should know" in the Nollywood film industry. and in March 2018, in commemoration of the Women's History Month, Tope was celebrated by OkayAfrica as one of the Okay100 Women.The interactive campaign celebrates extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a wide array of industries, while driving positive impact in their communities and the world at large

Early life and Education

Tope hails from a devout Christian family. As a child she engaged in drawing, singing and dancing, and had aspirations to be a painter. She studied Economics at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, but left the course to study Public Administration, and then Theatre Arts, TV & FIlm Production at Lagos State University. She became more interested in filmmaking and later studied Film Production, and Cinematography at Colorado Film School of the Community College of Aurora, Denver, and Met Film School, Ealing Studios, London respectively. Tope is also an alumni of 'Talents Durban' and Berlinale Talents, a networking summit of select outstanding creatives from the world of film and drama series across the globe.

Career

Tope, who was an actor for 12 years, featuring in films like Relentless (2010 film), cut her teeth in directing, working as an assistant director for The Apprentice Africa. and has since become known for directing popular African TV dramas and soap operas such as Hush, Hotel Majestic,Tinsel (TV series) and Season 6 of MTV Shuga.Though she has directed several introspective short films such as The Young Smoker, Till Death Do Us Part, New Horizons and Ireti, she is known for her 2012 feature film Journey to Self.,and March 2018 feature film release New Money.

Oshin has produced some of the highest box office breaking movies in Nigeria, including the 2015 romantic film Fifty,about four fifty-year-old female Lagos residents, which broke box office records upon release in December 2015, taking N20 million in the first weekend. and The Wedding Party 2, as at 2018, the highest grossing Nigerian film.

In 2016, she produced and directed the documentary, Amaka's Kin: The Women Of Nollywood, as a memorial to prominent filmmaker Amaka Igwe, who died in 2014. The documentary addresses issues facing Nigerian female directors, working in a male-dominated industry.

As a follow up to her documentary, in 2017, and as part of the BBC 100 Women season, Tope celebrated the new generation of women filmmakers reinventing Nollywood, by presenting the BBC documentary Nigeria-Shooting It Like A Woman.Apart from the BBC World Service documentary, Tope's Amaka's Kin - The Women Of Nollywood also influenced a lot of other TV shows and literary works alike, including Niran Adedokun's book Ladies Calling the Shots.

Tope also has a thriving career as a Casting director and has cast for several film and television projects including all 3 Nigerian seasons of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation drama series Shuga[

Since 2015 till date, Tope has served as a juror for the International Emmy Award.

Filmography

Feature Films

  • 2018 Up North Director
  • 2018 We Don't Live Here Anymore Director. Producer
  • 2018 New Money Director
  • 2017 InLine Director
  • 2017 The Wedding Party 2 Producer
  • 2015 Fifty Producer
  • 2012 Journey to Self Director

Short Films

  • 2015 Ireti. Director. Producer. Writer.
  • 2014 Crush Director. Producer. Editor. Writer.
  • 2013 New Horizons.Director. Producer.
  • 2013 Till Death Do Us Part Director. Producer.
  • 2011 The Young Smoker Director. Producer.

Documentaries

  • 2016 Amaka’s Kin - The Women of Nollywood Director. Producer. Writer.
  • 2017 Nigeria: Shooting It Like A Woman. Presenter.

Television

  • 2018 MTV Shuga Season 6 Director. Casting Director.
  • 2017 Ever After (TV Feature) Director. Producer. Casting Director. Writer.
  • 2017 BattleGround (Tele-Novella, Pre-Production) Content Director/Consultant.
  • 2016 Hush (Tele-Novella) Director
  • 2016 EvoL (TV Feature) Director. Producer. Casting Director. Writer.
  • 2016 GidiUp 3 (Drama Series, Unaired) Director
  • 2015 Hotel Majestic (Tele-Novella) Director
  • 2014 Walk The Talk (Talk Show, Season 1) Director, Producer.
  • 2013 Love and War (TV Movie) Director. Producer. Casting Director.
  • 2013 Conversations At Dinner (TV Movie) Director. Producer. Casting Director.
  • 2012 Bridges (Drama Series, Season 1) Director.
  • 2009-2013 Tinsel (TV series) (Soap Opera, Seasons 2-5) Director. Box/Content Producer.
  • 2009 Moments With Mo (Talk Show) Producer.

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