Ishaya Bako

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Ishaya Bako
Born (1986-12-30) December 30, 1986 (age 34)
EducationCovenant University, London Film School
OccupationNigerian film director and screenwriter
Known forHis film Fuelling Poverty

Ishaya Bako (born 30 December 1986) is a Nigerian film director and screenwriter.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Kaduna, where he lived all his life and later moved to London, where he studied at the London Film School.


After attending the London Film School, Bako went on to script and direct the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)-winning Braids on a Bald Head. He won the Best Short Film Awards at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards. He is an emerging voice of his generation and a member of a select few Global Shapers, a collection of enterprising youths initiated by the World Economic Forum.[2]

His film, Fuelling Poverty, a documentary on poverty and fuel subsidy in Nigeria, is narrated by Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka. He lives in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria.[3] His film The Royal Hibiscus Hotel will be screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[4]

He also was one of the writers for the movie Lionheart (2018 film).[5]


  1. ^ "ISHAYA BAKO". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  2. ^ Oladepo, Tomi (May 18, 2012). "Interview With Ishaya Bako – AMAA Film Award Winner". Ventures Africa.
  3. ^ "Award-winning filmmaker, Ishaya Bako's documentary film, FUELLING POVERTY, Premieres Online". December 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "Toronto Adds Films From Aaron Sorkin, Louis C.K., Brie Larson". Variety. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Lionheart (2018) - IMDb".