Remi Vaughan-Richards

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Remi Vaughan-Richards is a Nigerian filmmaker.

Early life and education[edit]

Remi was born in Nigeria,[1] one of four children born to British architect Alan Richards (1925-1989)[2] and Ayo Vaughan (1928-1993), a nurse who was from a prominent Lagos family whose patriarch was the 19th-century American artisan Scipio Vaughan.[3] The family members all used the hyphenated surname Vaughan-Richards.[4]

She attended Kingston University[5] and the Royal College of Art in London.[6]


Vaughan-Richards started her filmmaking career in the art department, where she worked on such films as Judge Dredd (1995) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999).[7]

In 2015 Remi Vaughan-Richards directed The Department which was screened at the Lights, Camera Africa!!! film festival in Lagos. Vaughan-Richards has also been hired by the BBC World Service to shoot numerous documentary dramas including Wetin Dey and One Small Step. In 2015 Pulse magazine named her as one of "9 Nigerian female movie directors you should know" in the Nollywood film industry.[8]

Vaughan-Richards spent six years making Faaji Agba (2016), a full-length documentary about the history of the music scene in Lagos, as told by older musicians assembled by record store owner Kunle Tejuoso.[9] She is creative director at her production company, Singing Tree Films.[6] Vaughan-Richards's Unspoken was selected to appear at the 6th Annual Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Lagos, in November 2016.[10] In 2019, Vaughan-Richards was featured in the Polaris catalogue produced by Visual Collaborative, she was interviewed alongside other practitioners from around the world.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Vaughan-Richards lives in the house known as the Alan Vaughan-Richards House in Lagos, designed by her father Alan. She has also been active in the preservation of the house and her father's papers, and in historic architecture in Lagos more generally.[12] Her ancestry includes Yoruba, British and Cherokee.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "We need to create our own stories: Remi Vaughan-Richards" British Council Arts.
  2. ^ Alan Vaughan-Richards African Modernism Archive, Edinburgh College of Art satellite sites (2012).
  3. ^ Darlene Gavron, "Ayo Vaughan-Richards: 'I was Taught that I Can Do Whatever a Man Can Do'" Chicago Tribune (29 May 1988).
  4. ^ James Brooke, "In Nigeria, Touches of Brazilian Style" New York Times (26 March 1987).
  5. ^ "Remi Vaughan-Richards". Africine. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Beti Ellerson, "British-Nigerian Remi Vaughan-Richards talks about “Faaji Agba”, her passion for cinema, and the two cultures she embraces" African Women in Cinema Blog (19 October 2015); blog of the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema.
  7. ^ About the Director, African Film Festival New York.
  8. ^ "9 Nigerian female movie directors you should know". Pulse. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  9. ^ Otsholeng Poo, "Remi Vaughan Richards Discusses Her Award Winning Documentary, ‘Faaji Agba’" Konbini (February 2016).
  10. ^ "6th AFRIFF announces festival programmes" AFRIFF (17 October 2016).
  11. ^ Agbana, Rotimi (2 April 2019). "Shehab, Bobby, Tosin Oshinowo, others featured on Visual Collaborative". Vanguard (Nigeria). Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  12. ^ "The Alan Vaughan-Richards House" Brownbook 47(September/October 2014).

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