He had his academic education at the

Obafemi Awolowo University (B.A) and the University of Ibadan

(M.A), both in Nigeria. His professional training, yielding an MFA in

Screenplay Writing and Film Directing was at the Film & Television

Institute of India, Pune.

Outside his over three decades of professional practice as director,

screenwriter and producer, he has also taught film and video

production at the Nigerian Television Authority TV-College, Jos, the

Redeemer’s University, Ede and Mainframe Film & Media Institute,

Abeokuta. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in Film Production at

the School of Media and Communications at the Pan Atlantic

University, Ibeju-Lekki as well as a Senior Arts Fellow, teaching film

at the Lead City University, Ibadan.

He co-founded No Gloss Pictures in 2006 and is currently the

company’s Creative Director.




Documentary Films
14 titles, largely for Nigerian chapters of international nongovernmental organizations such as ActionAid Nigeria, the International
Press Centre, Lagos, and the Women Advocacy, Research and Documentation Centre, Lagos.
Feature Films
Director of Abobaku, Winner of
·Best Short Film Prize (2010 ZUMA Film Festival, Abuja)
·Best Short Film Award (2010 Terracotta Awards, Lagos,)
Writer/Director of Aramotu, winner of:
• Best Nigerian Film and Best Costume Design
(2011 African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA)
• Best Feature Film Prize
(2011 African International Film Festival, AFRIFF)
• Best Film, Best Cultural Movie, and Best Director Awards
(2014 Yoruba Academy Movie Awards, YMAA)
Aramotu was invited to and screened at:
1. 2012 Samsung Women’s International Film Festival, (SWIFF) Chennai, India,
2. 2012 Africa In The Picture Film Festival (AITP), Amsterdam
3. 2013 Arusha African Film Festival (AAIFF), Tanzania
4. 2013 International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), India
5. 2017 Nollywood Symposium, Ben Gurion University, Israel



Writer/Director of Heroes And Zeros, winner of:
·Achievement in Screenplay, Achievement in Editing and Best Director (2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA)
·Most Outstanding Film and Audience Choice Awards
(2013 EKO International Film Festival)
Heroes And Zeros was invited to and screened at:
1. 2013 International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), India
2. 2013 Pan African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO),
Burkina Faso;
3. 2014 Afrikamera Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland.
4. 2017 Nollywood Symposium, Ben-Gurion University of the
Negev, Beersheba, Israel
Niji Akanni lives in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
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