The Future Awards Winners Spotlight: Kenneth Gyang (Winner, Screen Producer of the Year 2010)

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Kenneth Gyang took many by surprise when he emerged from relative obscurity to win the Screen Producer of the Year award at the 2010 edition of The Future Awards Africa. The Plateau State born filmmaker is a graduate of Film Production from the Jos FIlm Institute and screenwriting from. Gaston Kaboré’s IMAGINE in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Gyang has worked as a writer and a director since 2006, with his credits including the ‘Wetin Dey’ series for BBC Wetin Dey and SoundCity’s ‘Finding Aisha’.

He has made two short films which were selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus, in addition to a script titled “Game of Life” . His short “Mummy Lagos” was received as an official competition entry and also selected for the Sithengi Talent Campus as part of the Cape Town World Cinema Festival in South Africa.

His film “Omule” won Best Documentary Film at the 1st Nigerian Students International Film Festival in 2006 and “Mummy Lagos” also won Best Film at the Nigerian Field Society Awards organised by the German Cultural Centre, Goethe-Institut, in Lagos as well as the Jury Special Mention at the ANIWA festival in Ghana.

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In 2010 he founded Cinema Kpatakpata, a production company aimed at “producing feature film, documentary and television both in Nigeria and throughout Africa,” with Yinka Edward and Tom Rowlands-Rees.

The company’s first feature film “Confusion Na Wa,” is described as “a social comedy drama that traces the paths of a group of disparate strangers over the course of a day in a Nigerian city,” and stars Ramsey Nouah, Ali Nuhu, OC Ukeje, Ikponmwosa Gold, Tony Goodman and Tunde Aladese. The film was nominated for 4 awards at the 2013 edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards – Best Film, Best Nigerian Film, Best Director for Gyang, and Best Supporting Actor for Ikponmwosa Gold, clinching the top prizes, Best Film and Best Nigerian Film.

Future projects from Kenneth Gyang include a feature being developed in collaboration with award-winning writer Crispin Oduobuk-MfonAbasi, called “This is Lagos” and a science fiction project called “AJ City”

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