On Storytelling and Dreams - The Naija Filmmaker

Episode 10

Published on:

19th May 2023

Exploring Storytelling & Dreams with Toluwani Obayan

Toluwani Obayan is a screenwriter, best known for writing films like Ponzi, and This Lady Called Life. She is also the author of the book titled Becoming A Spectacular Woman.

We explore the journey of a writer and filmmaker who shares her experiences and lessons learned in the creative process. From struggling with a lack of inspiration and self-doubt to finding therapeutic value in writing, the guest discusses the importance of vulnerability and humility in her work. We also touch on the importance of ownership and curiosity in improving creative abilities. Toluwani shares her own career experiences, including financial struggles and working on small projects. The episode wraps up with tips for aspiring filmmakers, including how to hone their craft and approach creating a film with depth and nuance.

In this episode, you will learn the following:

1. Challenges of writing a feature film and the importance of humility and research

2. "Becoming a Spectacular Woman" and its self-publishing journey 

3. Developing Characters and Themes







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For the love of Nigerian filmmakers, their films and Nollywood
A podcast focused on Nigerian filmmakers, their films, and how we can build a united, diverse, and functional Nollywood.
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Sele Got

Sele is primarily a director and cinematographer. He developed his artistic eye through photography before choosing to focus on the moving image.

In 2019, Sele co-founded ‘Hive Film Collective’, aimed at building a network of filmmakers eager to tell stories and improve their craft. In 2020, he launched his podcast, ‘The Naija Filmmaker’ to create conversations around Nigerian filmmakers, their films, and their craft.

He is inspired by nature, the human mind, and seeking fresh perspectives. With this philosophy and a big belief in the refining nature of collaboration, he plans to change the world one story at a time.