Amaka Chidioka: “Whatever shot you have that gets your foot in. Take it.”

07 Feb

Hello Presh nation!

Amaka Chidioka is our guest for today. The filmmaker who is also a screenwriter tells of her journey so far and how she rose to where she is. Enjoy:


PRESH: Please introduce yourself to our readers

AMAKA: My name is Amaka Chidioka

PRESH: Where are you from?

AMAKA: I’m from Anambra State.

PRESH: What did you study in school?

AMAKA: I’m a graduate of psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University.

PRESH: What do you do?

AMAKA: I’m a filmmaker.

PRESH: What brought you into filming?

AMAKA: I know it probably sounds like a cliche but I’ve always loved movies as a child. I had a favorite video club where I’d spend my savings renting movies. It started with an interest in writing. I started connecting with some filmmakers on Facebook and one day I saw Niyi Akinmolayan’s post for a screenwriting competition, I sent in my story, and that was it for me.

PRESH: What was the title of the story you wrote for the competition?

AMAKA: The good mamaritan. Yes, yes, I know it’s an unusual title. I couldn’t think of anything else to call the script.

PRESH: Interesting, tell us about the projects you’ve worked on

AMAKA: My most recent projects are D.O.D, Prophetess – I’m sure you’ve seen the teaser and promo pictures on social media. And most recently My Village People. I have a film showing on Iroko. The Secretary. I wrote that.


PRESH: Apart from Niyi Akinmolayan, who else in the industry has had an impact on your career

AMAKA: I’ve worked with Uduak Isong, Desmond Eliot, Inkblot, Just to name a few


PRESH: What’s it like working with Mr Akinmolayan?

AMAKA: Working with Niyi Akinmolayan is a trip. He pushes and ensures nothing from the best from me. And every project comes with its own lessons and style. He’s a great mentor and I couldn’t have asked for a better boss.

PRESH: In your quest, did you always prefer to be behind the camera? Or did you consider being an actor?

AMAKA: I never considered being an actor. The most exciting part of filmmaking has always been behind the scenes for me. I don’t even think I can act to save my life. Mad respect to all the actors bringing our dreams and ideas to life.


PRESH: What challenges have you had to conquer?

AMAKA: Let’s say always making sure that every project is seen through from start to finish. It’s not easy some times, but the work has to be done.


PRESH: When did you start this journey?

AMAKA: 2016

PRESH: Looking back at how far you’ve come, how does it make you feel?

AMAKA: Looking back, I’m grateful for how far I’ve gone. And at the same time it makes me want to do more. Be better. Work harder.

PRESH: Please leave an advice for people who want to be like you

AMAKA: We’re all still learning the kinks and the workings of life. But whatever shot you have that gets your foot in. Take it.

PRESH: Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate. Peace✌🏾


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Always be grateful, things could have been worse than they are. Life is a table that turns, so keep your head down and work your way to the top. Ire oo 🥂

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Precious Olawumi
Precious Olawumi

.. .. .. CEO Symplypreshblog Founder of The Olawumi Precious foundation Has a ton of experiences in various industries from food to insurance to fashion. He's an introvert with a vision to one day preside over the most populous black nation on the planet. He's quite innovative and driven. In a bid to make a difference and to motivate people to become better, He chose a path that helps him relate with more people. He was a partner at the Icons Fashion Show 2019. He recently bagged a Bachelor's of Technology degree in food science and engineering.

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