Ekene Mekwunye

Ekene is a Filmmaker and with a strong interest in Photography. His film LasgidiVice screened at the biggest Film Festival in the world, Cannes International Film Festival in May 2018. His film, Oblivious won at Africa's biggest film awards, AMVCA in 20I5 for best short film. His film 'The Encounter' which is set during the Biafran war also won best Jury selected film at the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in 2015 and AMVCA later as well as got a review on the Newsweek magazine in Europe. He also produced a feature film released in 2018 titled SYLVIA and Directed the feature film released in January 2019 titled 'LIGHT IN THE DARK' which starred Rita Dominic, Joke Silva, Saidi Balogun, Ngozi Nwosu, etc It has screened in 5 different continents. Both of them are presently on Netflix. He has worked for Mnet (producer, 53Extra and Jara) and MTV (Project Coordinator, Shuga 3) in the past before starting Riverside Productions (www. riversideproductions.net), which created shows like My Big Nigerian Wedding which is presently one of the biggest wedding TV shows in Africa and has the rights to biggest Disk Jockey competition in the World for Nigeria called DMC. He also runs a free training workshop called The Imagery Program that teaches young people screenwriting, acting and filmmaking. He was also a member of an internship program organised by the Centre for Global Enterprise in New York, with a 21 man multicultural team selected from over 400 applicants to develop a framework for the business expansion of a Tanzania based technology company to new markets across Africa and the world. As well as a member of the inaugural African Platform Management, Strategy & Innovation course. He has a degree in Insurance from the University of Lagos and also studied filmmaking at NYFA, Universal studios in Los Angeles. He is presently a part of the Executive MBA program at the Lagos Business School and an adjunct faculty member at The School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. He's also a Mentor at the Fate Foundation Mentorship Program

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