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Adze Ugah

Adze obtained a Diploma in Motion Picture Production at the National Film Institute, Jos, Nigeria, an Honours degree in Motion Picture Medium from the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, AFDA, in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended the Project Narrative Summer Institute, hosted by the University of Ohio. He has directed several television drama series for the South African Broadcasting Corporation and DSTV cable TV platforms, with directing credits on drama series including Shaka ilembe, Nqobile, House Of Zwide, Zone 14, Isibaya, Jacob’s Cross, Society, Skwizas, Room 9, My perfect Family, Tshisa III and Mfolozi Street. In 2010 his documentary feature, The Burning Man, won four Golden Horn awards at the South African film and television awards (SAFTAS). His first feature film GoGo Helen, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, he received the Golden Horn at the SAFTAS for Best Directing on the Mzanzi Magic daily drama, Isibaya, produced by the Bomb Shelter Film and Television Company. Mrs. Right Guy, a romantic comedy he directed, under the NFVF slate films, was the second highest grossing local South African film in 2016. His follow up film Looking for Love, was a smash hit in cinemas in 2017. In 2017, he directed Ten Days In Sun City, a co-production project between Corporate World Entertainment and S.A. tourism, geared towards marketing and promoting South African tourist destinations to the West African region. It was one of the top ten highest grossing films of the decade in the West African region. His filmography includes acquisitions for Amazon Prime Video- Rage of a Lioness, Pride of a Lioness, Lilith and Eve; Netflix acquisitions – Slay, All about Love and the Netflix Original film, Jewel. He has earned writing credits on the Netflix series Castle and Castle Season 1 and 2, War And Wrath and Blood Sisters Season 2. Skwizas season 3 to 5 and Jacob’s Cross, to mention a few. He has served in various film training and skill transfer capacities including at The National Film and Video Foundation, Youth Film Makers project as a directing mentor and the Durban International Film Festival talent campus. He has been a visiting lecturer at WITS drama school, Tshwane University of Technology, Film/drama department, University of Johannesburg, film faculty and the South African school of Motion Picture Medium and Live performance. He has served in various adjudicating capacities at the MUSE awards for the Writers Guild of South Africa, the Africa Magic Viewer’s choice awards, The Royalty Soapie awards and the Baka Forum Documentary film festival in Germany.