SAMSON E OGAGA A YOUNG PAN AFRICAN FILMMAKER, RELEASES A MOVIE EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT
A young Pan African documentary filmmaker SAMSON E. OGAGA has just completed a blockbuster movie everyone is talking about.
The movie ‘I AM ONE center on the rate of kidnapping in Nigeria and its effect on the general economy.
Have you ever seen a movie and the story stuck with you to the extent that you can’t help telling people about it? That’s the effect Samson’s ‘I AM ONE’ will have on you.
I had the privilege of previewing it before it got to the big screens, and ever since, I have not stopped talking about the movie.
I know it will have the same effect on the others that previewed it with me as they didn’t wait for the end credits to tell Samson E Ogaga how great the movie was.
It takes a great movie maker that pays proper attention to details in the movie-making craft of make-believe through storytelling by the camera lens to have this effect on anyone with their movies.
Samson E. Ogaga is one of such moviemakers in the movie industry that takes nothing less than perfection when interpreting a story with his camera lens.
Born Samson E. Ogheneogaga to the family of Mr. Adidi and Mrs. Elizabeth Ogheneogaga, Samson grew up in Warri, loving movies and admiring the wonders behind telling stories through visuals, to the extent that he would imagine himself as the brain behind every movie he sees.
His love for the craft made him choose to be a filmmaker when the time came for him to choose a career path, even though his parents had other career options for him.
After his secondary education, he got admission into Ghallywood Academy Of Film Acting, Accra, Ghana, in 2010. He polished his passion for filmmaking and acquired all the training he needed to become a practicing filmmaker.
In 2014, he graduated as one of the most promising filmmakers from the institution and immediately put all he had learned into practice.
With the experience gained in the process and his mastery of the camera, he started making movies. His first movie, ‘MY AFRICA,’ is a 2017 documentary film about the brain drain in Africa.
That same year, he shot his first movie, a short film titled ‘MY REALITY.’ The movie has since featured on several local and international film festivals, including ‘Africa Film For Impact Festival, ‘Best Seconds Video Competition, ‘Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF), ‘Real-Time International Film Festival,’ ‘Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival, ‘Rebel Minded Festival,’ and ‘Sylhet Film Festival.
Since his debut to the filmmaking profession with ‘MY REALITY,’ Samson has had the following movies and documentaries to his credit: ‘OF FATE AND FAITH,’ ‘IGUE FESTIVAL (A documentary about the legendary Benin festival), and ‘GODS PLAN,’ all selected and featured on the previous film festivals and other film festivals around the world including ‘Lake International Pan African Film Festival, Kenya, ‘Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival, and Bebop Channel USA.
His efforts at quality filmmaking have earned him an Indie Capital Award for filmmakers, a place on the Youthville column of Daily Trust Newspaper, and a TOP 10 position on the rating of Young African Filmmakers by various blogs.
His portfolio includes working for big brands like JUMBO, NESCAFE, and CLOSEUP. ECOWAS and others have also commissioned him.
Samson E Ogaga A Young Pan African Film Maker Release A Movie Everyone Is Talking About…
tanroses.com had the privilege of this interview with the great filmmaker after the movie preview:
INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL US WHY YOU CHOOSE THE FILMMAKING PROFESSION.
“My name is Samson E. Ogaga. I am a documentary filmmaker and creative director. I’m a man of integrity, focused, God-fearing, a family provider, humble, kind-hearted, and tender in the soul.
I believe a camera is the most powerful tool in telling a story.
I’m a big dreamer, always wanting to achieve more than expected. Passion is what drives me, and I believe that nothing is impossible because the impossible is nothing.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE PROFESSION OF FILMMAKING? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FILMMAKING? ALSO, TELL US ABOUT THE NOTABLE PROJECTS YOU HAVE ON YOUR PORTFOLIO.
I have been in this field for eight years, with laudable and marking successes. I chose this career line for reasons that are not open to the world of our Empirical knowledge. When we hear the word ‘Documentary Filmmaker,’ a lot of thoughts run through our minds. What does he mean? Who is he?
Documentaries deal exclusively with facts and real-life events. The main purpose of a documentary is to inform, educate, and for historical records.
An example might be a documentary on humanitarian crises and historical wars. For other documentaries, the goal is to entertain or delight the audience in some way.
These are called human interest stories. But my purpose as a documentary filmmaker is to attempt to uncover a hidden truth or mystery, inform, attack a perspective, persuade, educate, entertain, defend a perspective, critique, and observe real-life through storytelling.
Some of my notable projects are ‘My Reality,’ ‘Of Fate And Faith,’ ‘Igue Festival Documentary,’ ‘Gods Plan,’ and my commercial for the brand ‘Jumbo.’
I don’t want to talk about some private projects I have done with some notable persons in Nigeria. I’m trying to keep myself from some unnecessary talk. Let me talk about ‘The Igue Festival Documentary.’
The Igue festival is when the indigenes of Benin Kingdom offer sacrifice to the gods and ancestors for the end of the year and the beginning of another year in good health. The festival is an age-old tradition that has transcended several Obas in the Benin kingdom. It has featured on several international platforms, including the BeBop Channel USA.
Another notable documentary project is the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the year 2019.
The third documentary project I will reveal was in 2020. I shot a documentary for United Nations Women on ‘Leaving No Woman Behind’ during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
My latest project, as you already know, is my new film ‘I AM ONE.’ It shall hit the world in a grand style. Trust me; it’s a blockbuster. I have been telling remarkable stories through my camera lens over the years and shall keep the feat of exposing realities and facts through filmmaking. I’m hoping to get more big breaks in my chosen career.
WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE FULFILLED AS A FILMMAKER?
“No. I can’t consider myself fulfilled yet. I’m just a young guy coming up with a big dream of changing my society through documentary films.
As a documentary filmmaker, I attempt to change or improve society in some way with my documentaries. My goal is to bring to light a certain cause or injustice hoping that my film will help galvanize the masses to demand change.
With all I have achieved over the years, I still don’t think I have made enough impact in the life of young, vibrant youths like me.
Like what I always tell my friends, it’s not all about money or self-interest; it’s about economic freedom for the community and making people happy.
HAVE YOU EVER AT ANYTIME GIVEN UP ON YOUR DREAM OF BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL FILMMAKER? WHAT DID YOU DO TO GET BACK ON TRACK WITH YOUR DREAMS?
I have never for once given up on my dreams. The one who has a dream is the one who has a future. I believe in my dream. It is becoming clearer every day, so I have never thought of giving up. But it’s not been easy.
I determined what I wanted for myself at an early stage in my life. My parents never chose for me, I chose for myself, and I pursued it till this moment, not minding that they didn’t love what I was doing, but the picture I had painted for myself is clear. What triggered me so much in this field is that I always want to share creative thinking through my filmmaking to correct problems that have remained unsolved in my society. It’s just God and through the right connections of people that have taken me far after my experiences.
WHAT WERE THE NOTABLE CHALLENGES YOU FACED BEFORE BECOMING A MASTER IN FILM PRODUCTION?
Low budget. Sometimes telling stories with the low budget we have is challenging.
IF YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE DREAMING OF BECOMING A FILMMAKER LIKE YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
My advice for those looking forward to becoming a professional in my field is that Documentarians face a lot of cumbersome tasks. You know what you want to do; you just have to create it imaginatively. Young minds should tell themselves the truth even if it means taking a break. Young minds should think of creating a purposeful life for themselves.
I will advise those hoping to venture into this field as professionals that Documentary Filmmaking is more than artistic expression. It’s people’s stories, and it takes a lot of passion, patience, and commitment to pursue that story.
You need passion—a genuine interest in learning people’s stories and communicating these stories to the world. Develop great communication skills as you will have to relate and interact with your characters and subjects.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
I see myself in ten years from this time training young minds like me in documentary film making.
I will be making great advert for great brands like Nike, Google, coca cola and also telling more historical stories.
In ten years, I see myself using my creativity to promote the silent voices of humans in my nation and abroad. From storyboarding, to shooting, to release, and everything in between. Over time, I’d like to work my way up and diversify my knowledge.
IF YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE ONE THING OR PERCEPTION ABOUT FILMMAKERS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Making documentaries is one of the most rewarding and challenging endeavors you can be involved in. The society we are in has a lot of stories to be told through movies.
Another perception about my profession is that people see filmmakers as irresponsible people who are promiscuous, womanizers, heavy drinkers, and clubbers who have little or no time for their families. This perception about us is wrong. Any man who womanizes chooses to, as I portray decency and Godliness with my profession.
The attitude of decency I portray with discipline in my profession has motivated and encouraged young minds who have worked with me on the set. Being professional will clear the wrong perception that a lot of people in society have about us.
WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS AND IDOLS IN THE FILMMAKING PROFESSION?
My mentors and idols in the filmmaking profession are Izu Ojukwu and Kunle Afolayan.
You can reach Samson E Ogaga via the following:
FACEBOOK – Samson E Ogaga.
INSTAGRAM – @samsonogaga1
YOUTUBE – Samson E. Ogaga
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