1 August 1945 |
Aba, Imo State, Nigeria
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Ola Balogun (born 1 August 1945) is a Nigerian filmmaker and scriptwriter. He also ventured into the Nigerian music industry in 2001. Balogun, who has been making films for over three decades, is part of the first generation of Nigerian filmmakers.
Balogun was born in 1945 in Aba, Nigeria to Yoruba parents. His father practiced law in Aba until his death. The first language that Balogun learned to speak was Ibo. He attended Christ the King School, Aba, from 1951 to 1957, then went to King’s College, Lagos. He studied at the University of Dakar (1962-3) and at the University of Caen, France (1963-6). He worked with Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Information as a scriptwriter in 1969 and was later posted to Paris as a press attaché of the Nigerian embassy. A pioneer of Nigerian filmmaking, Balogun produced his first films in the early 1970s. His 1981 film For Freedom! was entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival.