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?
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