Ehizojie … Telling African story through films
Ehizojie Ojesebholo, fondly called Mr. E, is one of the fast rising filmmakers in the country. The CEO of Ceroms Media Productions, Lagos, and MNET film director has over the years proved his mettle, with multiple movies to his credit.
On what led him into filmmaking, the director disclosed that he has always been fascinated with the screen as a young boy growing up in Kano.
“I found out early that actors were real people and entertainment an honorable and lucrative profession. At the age of 11, I had featured in a TV short drama. I’ve been working professionally as a director for the past 18 years. In 1999, I co-wrote and directed my first feature film titled, Heaven’s Bride. Since then I have directed over 40 movies, including various viral music videos, short films and cartoons.”
Currently, he’s directing a TV series franchise titled The Jimi Bendel Show, which has 100 episodes.
“It is an inspirational comedy show and I am starring in it. It promises to be interesting. I am also working on other things, which I will unravel later,” he said.
When it comes to inspiration, “it is the works of those, who have found success in this industry; Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Charles Chaplin, Stephen Spielberg, Walt Disney and others. Meeting different creative and talented people makes my job exciting. I’m a very charismatic fellow and I treat my cast and crew with utmost respect. What makes a film interesting is the structure, the effects and the celebration of the movie; before and after it is made.”
Sharing his views on Nollywood, Mr. E, who holds a Diploma certificate from the International Film and Broadcasting Academy, iLagos, with a first degree in Digital Filmmaking from Middlesex University, London, said, “Nollywood has revolutionized digital filmmaking. Though it has its own shortcomings, I believe we will get there. We are telling our African stories to the world. Our films are recognised and our celebrities promoted across the globe,” he said.