C. J. Obasi

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C. J. Obasi
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Born Chukwudi Joseph Obasi
Residence Lagos State, Nigeria
Other names C. J. "Fiery" Obasi, "Fiery" , "The Fiery One".
Education University of Nigeria
Occupation Film Director, Screenwriter, Editor
Years active 2011–present
Website Official website

C. J. Obasi (also known as "Fiery" or “The Fiery One”) is a Nigerian film director, screenwriter and editor.[1][2][3]

His debut feature – a zero budget film OJUJU premiered at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in November 2014, and won the award for “Best Nigerian Film”.[2] It also got him the Trailblazer of the Year award in March 2015, at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA).[3][2]

Early life[edit]

Born in the small town of Owerri, Obasi grew up watching Hammer horror films and reading Stephen King novels films. From the young age of 3, he would watch classic films and his favorite superheroes and villains; recreate them in hand-drawn comic books.[3]

After attending the Government Secondary School in Owerri, C.J studied Computer Science at the University of Nigeria. In 2012, he set up Fiery Film Company, with his wife, the TV and film producer, Oge Obasi and the late screenwriter Benjamin Stockton.[4]

OJUJU went on to screen in various festivals around the world, including the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, Shockproof Film Festival in Prague, New Voices in Black Film Festival in New York, Nollywood Week Festival in Paris, Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and others, garnering universal acclaim from the likes of internationally renowned critics such as Todd Brown of TwitchFilm (now Screen Anarchy), Tambay A. Obenson of Shadow & Act, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Ttile Year Production Company
Ojuju 2014 Fiery Film Company
O-Town 2015 Fiery Film Company
Visions: An Anthology of Short Films 2017 Surreal16 Collective [5][6]
Hello, Rain 2018 Fiery Film Company

Igodo Films

Matanya Films

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with C.J. Obasi from Fiery Film". Odd Magazine. 2017-11-01. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  2. ^ a b c d "'Every single day I spent not being a film-maker was torture to me.' - C.J. 'Fiery' Obasi | 360Nobs.com". www.360nobs.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  3. ^ a b c FP. "Nollywood Spotlight: C.J. Obasi | Fried Plantains". Fried Plaintains. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  4. ^ FP. "Nollywood Spotlight: C.J. Obasi | Fried Plantains". Fried Plaintains. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  5. ^ Izuzu, Chidumga. "Watch teaser for an anthology of three short films "Visions" by 3 unconventional filmmakers". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. ^ Orubo, Daniel (2017-07-31). "'Visions': An Anthology Of Short Films By Three Unconventional Nollywood Filmmakers". Konbini Nigeria. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  7. ^ Animashaun, Damilola (2018-01-04). "Watch: Teaser For 'Hello, Rain', A Short Film Based On Nnedi Okorafor's 'Hello, Moto'". Konbini Nigeria. Retrieved 2018-02-08.