Massive congratulations to Nollywood’s Lala Akindoju and Mike Steve Adeleye for being hired to Amazon Prime Studios Local Originals team in Nigeria. Other executives hired are South Africans Kaye Ann Williams and Brendan Gabriel.
This information was released by the Studios’ Head of Originals, Africa and Middle East Ned Mitchell. He said in a statement; “Another big day! I’m thrilled to share that our Amazon Studios Local Originals team has grown even more, both in South Africa and Nigeria. Please welcome Kaye Ann Williams, Brendan Gabriel, Lala Akindoju, and Mike-Steve Adeleye to the Amazon Studios Originals development team, joining Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu
Nollywood actress and executive Lala has confirmed this by responding on her IG with the post;
I am incredibly excited to be joining the Amazon Studios Local Originals team as the Senior Movies Creative Executive, Nigeria. Amazon Studios has shown its commitment to creating opportunities that are laser focused on creatives & content.
It is such an honour to be part of the team committed to making that happen in Nigeria. Not only does it align with my personal passion – growing Nollywood as a whole, as well as growing and honing talent in Nigeria, I get to work with the most amazing and talented team!
Many thanks to Ned Mitchell & Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu for the warm welcome, I look forward to contributing to building Africa’s premiere studio and a home for talent to grow and share their original stories with the world.
A bit of info about the new staff: Lala has been an actress whose career spanned stage, screen and film. Some of the films to her credit have been Dazzling Mirage, The CEO, Royal Hibiscus Hotel (which I loved her in! Had a good laugh) Oloture to name a few. She has also worked as casting director, producer and is a member of the faculty at the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (Owned by OluJacobs and Joke Silve), where she functions as a facilitator and teaches improvisation drama.
Mike Adeleye has forayed in the film industry as an Animator, Editor, VFX director and until recently worked at Africa Magic. Safe to say we have very good hands on deck that understand the industry and will make sure we are well represented on the platform and we look forward to see more amazing productions from Amazon with these great additions.