On the latest episode of CNN’s African Voices, movie producer, Kemi Adetiba talked about the success of her web series, King Women and winning an Oscar soon.
Speaking on why she decided to go behind the camera as a director after starting out as a presenter, she said:
I was questioning my longevity in front of the camera. I’d also find it intriguing when I would go off for shoots with the cameramen.
I said: ‘Instead of just wasting a couple of years, how about I learn a new craft while I’m doing that? What is the thing that I want to learn now? What is the thing that will take my career to the next level? – being a director.
She credited her rapid success and interest in the creative industries to her childhood and her father, Dele Adetiba who was a veteran of Nigeria’s advertising and broadcast industries.
Her first feature film The Wedding Party is currently the highest grossing Nollywood movie. Describing what the success of the movie meant to her Kemi Adetiba said:
I knew it was going to break the record, I knew it was going to do very well, I felt it, I sensed it.
The greatest thing you can do for yourself is every time you have the opportunity to handle someone’s project, knock it out the park, and that is what I live by every day.
When asked why she launched King Women the movie producer said:
I wanted them to see them in their glory, but also understand that they have also gone through life, and life for them was not easy.
People need to hear these stories, and I’m so grateful to everyone who gave me their time to make this series.
Looking into her future projects, Adetiba who is focusing on international success said:
I honestly do believe that winning an Oscar is going to come very soon, I’ve given myself two to five years.
A sequel to The Wedding Party has been shot in Dubai and Lagos, with The Arbitration maker, Niyi Akinmolayan taking over from Adetiba as the director.