Africa is a continent with diverse ethnic and cultural practices and looking at the different ways in which African countries portrays their culture, it’s not surprising that a lot of screenwriters are emerging from the continent to showcase their rich cultures in movies.

This article seeks to unveil 20 African female screenwriters you may know or not know and 2 of their best movies.

 

Leila Djansi

Leila is a Ghanaian-born American based movie writer, producer and director. She had her Basic and Secondary education at the Kabore Primary and JSS and Mawuli School, all in the Volta region of Ghana

 

She began her writing skills at the age of 19 when she was convinced by a Ghanaian actor, Sam Odoi who was her role model to write a script on a film titled, “Babina”.

In the course of developing her passion for writing and filmmaking, she continued her education at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) in Ghana and later relocated to the States to further her Film and Television Degree at Savannah College of Art and Design on a scholarship.

Today she remains one of the best movie writers to emerge from the African continent and projecting the image of Africa through movies. She’s notable for award winning movies such as “Sinking Sands” and “Like Cotton Twines”.

 

Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji is one of Nigeria’s screen goddess making Nigeria proud with her versatility in the Nigerian movie industry.

As an actress, she sought to raise the banner of Nigeria and Africa at large beyond the African continent through entertainment and arts.

She developed passion for movie making at a very younger age where she starred in “Ripples”, a famous TV series at the time. She officially started acting professionally at age 19.

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Today, she can confidently boast of countless roles she has played in Nigeria movies and awards as well.

Climbing to the top of her movie career, she learnt about producing and directing and as a result, she’s been able to write and direct her own movie which is selling massively across the globe. She known for “the Lionheart” movie.

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Chineze Anyaene

 

Hailing from Abuja, Nigeria, Chineze is a film producer, director and filmmaker who was born on December 28.

She is a graduate of University of Abuja with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts and has also obtained a Master’s Degree in Directing at the New York Film Academy (NYFA), United States.

She promotes African culture through cinematic stories in order to meet the international film market. She’s well known for movies like,” Ije: The Journey” and “20 Years Later”.

 

Sara Blecher

 

Sara Blecher a director, a producer and a writer from South Africa. She spent her teen age in the United States where she attended Georgetown University in Washington DC.

After relocated to Paris  she attended a film school then returned to South Africa to put the theories she had learnt into practice.

Her best movies are “Otelo Burning” and “Ayanda”.

 

Shirley Frimpong -Manso

A multiple award winning female writer in the Ghanaian movie industry. Shirley is a professional writer who tells the African stories in movies.

She is also a producer and a director with a degree from the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) in Ghana.

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Her movies seek to empower women and motivate them through the lead roles often taken by women in her movies.

She has written, directed and produced over 10 movies including her best-selling movies, “Potato Potato” (2017), and “Perfect Picture” (2009).

 

Elaine Proctor

Proctor is a South African actress who doubles as a writer and a film director. She graduated from the National Film and Television School, United Kingdom. She’s known for “Friends” and “On the Wire”.

 

Wanuri Kahiu

Kahiu is a Kenyan filmmaker who has received several awards for her outstanding works in the movie industry.

As an author, a producer and a director, Kahiu was awarded for the best director, screenplay and best picture by Africa Movie Awards Academy in 2009.

She is a graduate from the university of Warwick, England and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theatre, Film and Television where she pursued a master of fine arts in production and directing.

She’s best known for the movies, “Pumzi” and “Rafiki”.

 

Seko Shamte

One of Tanzania’s proud daughter projecting the image of Tanzania through filmmaking is Shamte. She is a producer, writer and a director from Dar es Salaam.

She is the owner of the production company, Alkemist Media established in 2008. The A-Team and Home Coming movies are projects of the writer which garnered huge recognition from the Tanzanian movie industry.

 

Mariam Naoum

Marian is a writer from Egypt. Most of her works are centred around the challenges women faced socially and economically because she’s famously known as a feminist and social screenwriter.

Mariam studied economics in France but returned to Egypt to further her education in screenwriting. She’s notable for the movies, “Wahed Sefr” (One Nill) and “Segn El Nesa” (Women’s Prison).

 

Sandra Nashaat

She is also an Egyptian film director, writer and producer famously known for her movies, Mallaki Iskandariya (Private Alexandria, 2005) and Leh Khaletny Ahebak (Why Did You Make Me Love You, 2000). Nashaat graduated from Higher Film Institute in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

 

Arsema Worku Tiduneh

Tiduneh works as the General Secretary of the Executive Board of the Ethiopian Film Producers’ Association. Also, she is a movie director, producer and a writer notable for high achieving movies like, “Yigbagn” and “Emnet”.

 

Nkechi Okoro Carroll

Born in America, Carroll is a black American but her parents hail from Nigeria. Growing up, she stayed in several places including Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, the United Kingdom and the United States.

She is an actress, a producer and a writer with a lot of works in the American movie industry. She is notable for films like, “The Finder” and “Bones”.

 

Apolline Traoré

A Burkinabe scriptwriter known for her movies, “Kounandi”, (2004) and “Borders”, (2017).

Born in Ouagadougou the capital of Burkina Faso, she had her education in the United States at Emerson college in Boston in the field of art and communication. She returned to her country of birth to begin directing and filmmaking

 

Kemi Adetiba

She is a Nigerian writer and a television and music video director best known for her movies, the “Wedding Party” and “King of Boys”.

Adetiba Began working as radio presenter and later upgraded to producing and hosting of several shows on TV.

 

Chika Anadu

Hails from Nigeria, Anadu is a writer and director, known for the movies, “B for Boy” and Ava.

Her movies mostly address issues of gender injustice and cultural pressures surrounding Nigerian traditions. She started working in Television and film production in 2008 after her education from the United Kingdom.

 

Akosua Adoma Owusu

Adoma is a Ghanain-American writer and a movie producer famously knowns for her movies, “Kwaku Ananse” and “Me Broni Ba”. Her works have been well received in major film festivals around the world.

 

Moufida Tlatli

Born and raised in Tunisia, Tlatli realised her passion in movies during high school days and was lucky to develop it through her psychology tutor who was managing a movie club.

She travelled to France to continue developing her passion for cinema by enrolling in a French film school known as Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in and completed 1968.

She is also a politician. Her best movies include, The Silences of the Palace and The Season of Men.

 

Safi Faye

 Faye is a Senegalese filmmaker and director notable for movies like, “Letter from My Village” and “Selbe: One Among Many”. She has directed several documentary and fiction films focusing on rural life in Senegal.

 

Cheryl Dunye

Born in Liberia, Dunye grew up in Philadelphia, US and obtained a bachelor of arts at the Temple University and master’s degree in fine arts at Rutgers University.

Her work often concerns issues of race, sexuality, and gender, particularly issues relating to black lesbians. Her best movies include, “the Watermelon Woman” and “Stranger Inside”.

 

Nuotama Bodomo

Bodomo is a Ghanaian born Norwegian writer and director notable for movies like “Random Act of Flyness” and “Afronauts”. She studied film at Columbia University in New York.

 

Nollywood producer, director and actress Genevieve Nnaji has signed film deal with UTA (United Talent Agency) according to reports by Deadline Hollywood
Netflix recently acquired the rights to Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” a movie directed by Nigerian actress and filmmaker Genevieve Nnaji
UTA, isone of the biggest talent agencies in the world’, also They have offices in Miami,London, Los Angeles, New York, Sweden and other countries… they are globally known for endorsements, movie packaging and more.
 
Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, DJ Khaled, Amy Schumer, Don Lemon, Anderson Cooper, Lenny Kravitz, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Mariah Carey, Channing Tatum, Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Kim Soo Hyun and Liv Tyler, Jake Tapper…. are all represented by United Talent Agency.

 

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Genevieve first appeared in a popular soap opera called as Ripples in the 1990’s.
The major first movie that she starred in was the ‘Most Wanted’. Since then she has featured in over 150 movies including: Lionheart, Road to Yesterday, Doctor Bello, Tango With Me, Blood sisters, Busting Out, Ijé, Weekend Gateaway, Rip-Off Half of a Yellow Sun, 
 
She is the first Nigerian guest to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has featured in over 100 movies and is currently one of the highest paid Nigerian actress.
 
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In Case You Missed It: Congratulations are in order! Netflix has acquired Its first Nollywood Movie ‘Lion Heart’, a movie directed by Nigerian actress and filmmaker Genevieve Nnaji

According to reports, ‘Netflix the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 130 million memberships in over 190 countries… purchased worldwide rights to ‘Lion heart’

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‘Lion heart’ is a comedy, staring almost all the Nollywood  giants, veterans and superstars the like of the no nonsense Pete Edochie, the most funniest man in Nollywood Nkem Owoh, screes goddess Genevieve Nnaji who is also the director… Read Full Story here.

 

Genevieve Nnaji was Toronto on Saturday for her film debuts at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.

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In Case You Didn’t Know! Screen Goddess Genevieve Nnaji is BACK!!!  check out her latest movie ‘Road To Yesterday’.  The movie ‘Road to Yesterday’ is a story of amazing heroism and love…, shot in Lagos, Nigeria. The movie is about a couple desperate to save their marriage…Victoria and her husband Izu try to fix their marriage on a road trip to a relative’s funeral. Will memories and secrets from the past be the breaking point of this marriage?

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Is A MUST WATCH MOVIE!!! Visit the official website of www.roadtoyesterday.com to find out when Road To Yesterday  will be showing in your country, cinemas near you or where you can purchase this movie from….

‘Road to Yesterday’  was produced by T.E.N (The Entertainment Network) and directed by the Award-winning actress, Genevieve Nnaji, Ishaya Bako stars and introduces Nigerian-British actor, Oris Erhuerho Majid Michel, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, veteran Ebele Okaro ane more…

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Gorgeous Actress, Director and Entrepreneur Stephanie Linus and her husband Idahosa Linus celebrated their son,  Maxwell’s first birthday on Sunday 23rd October 2016.  It was a fun-filled day where lots of family members and friends came around to celebrate the joyous occasion…

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The occasion was graced with celebs including  Genevieve Nnaji, Nkiru Anumudu & her husband, Tamara Eteimo, Blessing Effiong, Aisha Igbinovia and Valentine Ozigbo – MD of Transcorp Hilton.

Everyone had an amazing time especially the kids, they all had lots of fun with Maxwell.

Happy 1st Birthday Prince Maxwell ❤️  John us in wishing Max God’s richest blessings on his birthday and every day!

Photography: Dela Dee Innovations

 

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Genevieve first appeared in a popular soap opera called as Ripples in the 1990’s.  The major first movie that she starred in was the ‘Most Wanted’. Since then she has featured in over 150 movies……

She is the first Nigerian guest to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has featured in over 100 movies and is currently one of the highest paid Nigerian actress.

We wish Queen Genevieve More Success, Happiness and GoodHealth.

We love all Queen Genevieve movies! What is your favourite Genevieve Nnaji’s movie?

 

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Gone Too Soon:  Nollywood actor  Muna Obiekwe passed away on January 18, 2015, as a result of kidney problems. Wow, we can’t believe is a years already! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Lots of celebrities paid their tribute to Muna Obiekwe. please see below:

Genevieve Nnaji: My heart goes out to Muna’s family and loved ones. He was a gifted actor with a good heart. Rest in Peace Muna Obiekewe. You will be missed

Chika Ike: RIP To My Dear colleague. Muna Obiekwe. You will live in our hearts forever.

John Dumelo: Words can’t explain how I’m feeling at this point. You were a great actor. When we worked together 4years ago in lagos, U played your role so well and professionally I was hoping we would work again together soon. God knows best. Rest in peace Muna. #rip

Ini Edo: Oh lord Iam heartbroken to say de least. I know we ain’t suppose to question God, I just can’t help dis one ….. His little kids n young wife…where do they go from here?rip muna obekwe ,u were a good happy jolly good fellow . Worked with u on several projects n I sincerely can’t remember u having issues with anyone . U will be missed. I can’t still believe dis.

Van Vicker: OMG! When death strikes Nollywood or the African film industry stars ‘I Shake’ but I KNOW HE is in control. Muna my broda I had the opportunity to work with you twice in my career, you did inspire me to be at my best. RIP.

Jim Iyke: Candle in the wind… Adieu Bro. Find rest on God’s bosom. Words fail me.

Halima Abubakar: Very very shocked at the news of this great guy,warm person he was, and playful..I never knew he was sick not to talk of him being married.. I feel so sad about the young family he left behind…God knows best. Am lucky that I had several jobs with him,sum not out yet..we will miss u..
Hmmm muna may ur soul rest in peace… Kai I don’t know what to add..I love you #Rip wao did I just wrote rip?omg muna. Pls kindly don’t ask me questions cos am not in the right frame of mind to ans… Just pray for him pls thank you loves.

Stella Damasus: Just confirmed it from some close friends and relatives that he is really dead. The message from twitter that he was still alive was from a fake account. So this is my pain, how do you know what to believe and what not to believe? Where do we draw the line? Over nine thousand people on twitter have believed that he is still alive because of the fake twitter account. REST IN PEACE BRO! I was really hoping that it was a rumor. God rest your soul. This is too painful. Whoever put that message out not the fake twitter account should be careful. Don’t play games with people’s lives like that.

Uche Jombo: “It’s not the length of life but the depth of life” RIP muna! Update:it’s sad that someone will try to make this sad day more difficult by tweeting through a fake account. Like you all I wish it was a lie but sadly it’s not.please just pay your respects and stop with the tagging about this fake account user. I refuse to give him 1min.

Uduak Isong: I wish there was no sickness in the world. RIP Muna.

Mike Ezuoronye: So sad…Muna whyyyyyyyyyy ….Ohhh Whyyyyyyyy..R.I.P bro…Nollywood looses another …Whyyyyy

 

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The talented actors will greatly be missed!  Some of his movies includes: Men in Love, Eye of the Gods He Lives in Me, My Best Enemy, Blackberry Babes, , and The King Must Die.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

May his soul rest in peace.

 Following the shocking passing away of  Nollywood actor Muna Obiekwe, Tributes have been pouring in…  Muna Obiekwe starred in many movies, he is believed to be one of the 3 busiest Nollywood actors. It’s still too hard to believe.

Genevieve Nnaji: My heart goes out to Muna’s family and loved ones. He was a gifted actor with a good heart. Rest in Peace Muna Obiekewe. You will be missed

Chika Ike: RIP To My Dear colleague. Muna Obiekwe. You will live in our hearts forever.

John Dumelo: Words can’t explain how I’m feeling at this point. You were a great actor. When we worked together 4years ago in lagos, U played your role so well and professionally I was hoping we would work again together soon. God knows best. Rest in peace Muna. #rip

Muna RIP

 

Ini Edo: Oh lord Iam heartbroken to say de least. I know we ain’t suppose to question God, I just can’t help dis one ….. His little kids n young wife…where do they go from here?rip muna obekwe ,u were a good happy jolly good fellow . Worked with u on several projects n I sincerely can’t remember u having issues with anyone . U will be missed. I can’t still believe dis.

Van Vicker: OMG! When death strikes Nollywood or the African film industry stars ‘I Shake’ but I KNOW HE is in control. Muna my broda I had the opportunity to work with you twice in my career, you did inspire me to be at my best. RIP.

Jim Iyke: Candle in the wind… Adieu Bro. Find rest on God’s bosom. Words fail me.

Halima Abubakar: Very very shocked at the news of this great guy,warm person he was, and playful..I never knew he was sick not to talk of him being married.. I feel so sad about the young family he left behind…God knows best. Am lucky that I had several jobs with him,sum not out yet..we will miss u..
Hmmm muna may ur soul rest in peace… Kai I don’t know what to add..I love you #Rip wao did I just wrote rip?omg muna. Pls kindly don’t ask me questions cos am not in the right frame of mind to ans… Just pray for him pls thank you loves.

Stella Damasus: Just confirmed it from some close friends and relatives that he is really dead. The message from twitter that he was still alive was from a fake account. So this is my pain, how do you know what to believe and what not to believe? Where do we draw the line? Over nine thousand people on twitter have believed that he is still alive because of the fake twitter account. REST IN PEACE BRO! I was really hoping that it was a rumor. God rest your soul. This is too painful. Whoever put that message out not the fake twitter account should be careful. Don’t play games with people’s lives like that.

 

Uche Jombo: “It’s not the length of life but the depth of life” RIP muna! Update:it’s sad that someone will try to make this sad day more difficult by tweeting through a fake account. Like you all I wish it was a lie but sadly it’s not.please just pay your respects and stop with the tagging about this fake account user. I refuse to give him 1min.

Uduak Isong: I wish there was no sickness in the world. RIP Muna.

Mike Ezuoronye: So sad…Muna whyyyyyyyyyy ….Ohhh Whyyyyyyyy..R.I.P bro…Nollywood looses another …Whyyyyy

 

REST IN PEACE!

 

Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji has joined the Action/2015 Campaign for ‘ONE’. ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa… because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut by 60% and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now…Continue here on one.org main website.

GENEVIEVE NNAJI JOINS ACTION 2015 CAMPAIGN- AFRICAN CELEBS 2015

To date, (RED) has generated more than $250 million for The Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. All of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. The Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 40 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

 “We’re building a movement of people, as part of Action 2015 who will use the power of their voice to do more and demand better from our leaders. Join us.. one.org/2015” Genevieve

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We know that together, we can do more and Demand Better from our world leaders! Join Action2015 and pledge now by visiting   one.org/2015

Great work!

Watch the video below featuring African musicians Fally Ipupa, Angélique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Ice Prince; ONE co-founder Bono

 

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