Oyejoke Oke is a skilled solicitor, investor, writer, and movie producer. She has years of experience working as a senior legal counsel for some of the world's leading investment banks and hedge funds. While she has achieved remarkable success as a solicitor, she has also built an impressive portfolio as an investor. Oke's focus is on early-stage African companies, owing to her extensive knowledge of the African business landscape.
Oke is an accomplished writer and storyteller, and is making her mark as a filmmaker, producer, and director in the vibrant and growing Nigerian movie industry.
With her talents as a writer and understanding of what makes great stories, Oke produces films that resonate both in Nigeria and abroad. She is a multifaceted individual who possesses a rare combination of talents, and her success as a solicitor, investor, writer, and movie producer is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and unwavering determination to excel in all areas of her life. Oke's work is driven by a deep appreciation for humanity and the complexities of life, and she thrives on exploring the many layers of the human experience.
A co-writer of the powerful and critically-acclaimed movie Love Lies and Lasgidi, OyeJoke brings a unique perspective to her work that is influenced by her early experiences growing up in Lagos, Nigeria. Her intimate knowledge of the city and its people allows her to create stories that are both authentic and engaging.
As a true collaborator, OyeJoke believes in the power of teamwork and the value of multiple perspectives. She is always looking for ways to work with others to bring their unique insights to her projects, creating works that are rich and nuanced.
With a deep commitment to social justice and a desire to tell stories that inspire and uplift, OyeJoke is a rising star in the world of screenwriting. Her tales of love, courage and the human spirit are sure to captivate audiences for years to come.
What is your project about?
I co wrote the story for Love Lies and Lasgidi, as the first film to be produced by Black Thread Media, I wanted to tell a story that was immediately recognisable and relatable to every audience...who amongst us has not fallen in love? Who amongst us has not felt the grief of unrequited love, the corruption of jealousy, the sting of betrayal, the ecstasy of new love? These are feelings essential and integral to the human condition, they cross barriers of age, distance and language and connect us on a primal level. This connection is what Love Lies and Lasgidi is about
I enjoyed working with the talented Vitalis Ezeokafor, Director Michael Olowojaiye Michael Abiodin, and the cast Bolanle Ninalowo, Anthony Monjaro, Sophie and Sandra who put in remarkable shifts to bring the film to life.
What are your ambitions with your project?
My ambition with Black Thread Media (BTM) is of creating a platform for African films, news, programs, shows, and all-round entertainment; we aspire to celebrate and promote Africa's diverse creative culture and talent. Love Lies and Lasgidi, in particular, highlights the beauty, vibrancy and richness of Nigerian cinema and our hope is for the film to resonate with audiences locally and globally.
Tell us something about your shooting? What pleasantly surprised you?
The shooting experience was both challenging and rewarding, it was shot on location in Lagos to bring an authentic feel to the movie. As someone who is new to the Nollywood filmmaking scene I am grateful for the dedication and professionalism our cast and crew exhibited every day, bringing our vision to fruition.
For what group of spectators is your film targeted?
Love Lies and Lasgidi is a gripping and emotional tale that speaks to the heart of all who have ever fallen in love. It's a must-see for anyone who loves powerful performances, riveting storytelling, and a glimpse into the vibrant city of Lagos.
Why should distributors buy your film?
Distributors should buy our film and get ready for a rollercoaster ride of love, drama, and heartbreak in "Love Lies and Lasgidi"! With a star-studded cast and intense chemistry between the characters, this movie is packed with unforgettable scenes that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. From heartwarming moments to jaw-dropping plot twists, "Love Lies and Lasgidi" promises to be an unforgettable cinematic experience for their audience. "Love Lies and Lasgidi" is already generating quite a buzz across various social media platforms, with our trailers, teasers and behind-the-scenes clips receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from viewers.
How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?
At BTM we pride ourselves on creating films that are authentic, relatable and emotionally engaging. Love Lies and Lasgidi is no exception. The film is characterized by its rich and diverse characters, beautiful cinematography and immersive storytelling.
Why did you decide to become a filmmaker?
I have always been passionate about storytelling and the power of cinema to connect people from different cultures and backgrounds. Becoming a filmmaker was a natural progression for me. Through my movie production company Black Thread Media, we aim to explore a range of themes and topics, from the joys and challenges of modern African life to the richness of African history and culture, and everything in between. There is a wealth of creative talent in Africa, BTM's goal is to provide a platform for emerging talent across Africa, to showcase their skills, share their stories and further hone their craft.
Who is your role model?
One of my role models in the film industry is Ava DuVernay. She has advanced the path for Black and female filmmakers on a global stage and continues to inspire me with her dedication to telling stories that matter and that connect with people. Honourable mention also to the female filmmakers in the Nollywood industry in particular who are breaking barriers and paving a path for others to follow including but not limited to, and in no particular order: Kemi Atibata, Mo Abudu, Funke Akindele, Jade Osiberu, Bisola Aiyeloa, Biodun Stephen, Toyin Abraham.
Which movies are your favorites? Why?
Some of my favorite movies include The Godfather, King of Boys, The wedding Party, Jennifer's diary, The Lion King. These are timeless classics, some old and some more recent, all quite different in themes and genres but nevertheless have stood and will stand the test of time and continue to entertain, and captivate audiences with their rich storytelling and compelling characters.
Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
I draw inspiration from my personal experiences and the stories of people around me. I am also inspired by the beautiful and diverse culture of the African continent and the stories around us, starting with my country of origin Nigeria. I grew up hearing tales by moonlight, rich African folklore that took root in me and directs a lot of what I write.
Which topics interest you the most?
I am passionate about telling stories that explore love, relationships, and the human experience. I also like to tackle social issues that affect our communities.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?
I am proud of producing this film and believe that my greatest achievement in my career is yet to come.
What do you consider most important about filming?
The most important thing about filming is telling a story that resonates with people and connects with them emotionally. Stories that have the power to transcend human barriers and remind us that there is beauty in our differences and strength in our similarities and our best hope is in unity.
Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?
I believe that every film is unique and requires its own approach to shooting. That said, I am a big fan of using practical effects and immersive cinematography to create a realistic and engaging visual experience.
How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?
I believe that current filmmaking is thriving, with more and more diverse voices being represented on the global stage. I am excited to be part of this revolution and to see the growth of African cinema and thrilled to have our movie, Love Lies and Lasgidi, be a part of it. The industry is evolving, and as a filmmaker, I am constantly learning and adapting to new technologies and techniques to create unforgettable films that resonate with local and global audiences. Join us on this journey as we celebrate the diversity of African voices on the global stage.
Love Lies and Lasgidi
“Love, Lies and Lasgidi” takes us on a journey through the complicated relationships of four women - Chioma, Tola, Kemi, and Sabina, all living in the bustling city of Lagos. We see their struggles with love, heartbreak, and the challenges of modern-day romance in a city that can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful.
With a talented ensemble cast including Bolanle Ninalowo, Anthony Monjaro, Sophie Alakija, and Sandra Okozuwa, the movie is brought to life with scenes of intense drama, romance, and heartbreak. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, and the plot is filled with twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
"Love Lies and Lasgidi" promises to be an unforgettable cinematic experience that will leave audiences with a renewed appreciation for the complexities of modern relationships. It's a must-see for anyone who loves powerful performances, riveting storytelling, and a glimpse into the vibrant city of Lagos.
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