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Top 10 Nigeria's Most Visionary Music Video Directors

Sesan Ogunro
Music video directors have contributed immensely in catapulting Nigerian music to where it is now. The quality of work they put into their videos are most times being taken for granted. These guys have been pivotal to the growth of the Nigerian music industry. Their creativity have made Nigerian able to compete favourably with  foreign videos. These days Nigerian music videos get massive airplay on international television stations like BET, Trace, MTV, Channel  O and many more terrestrial television stations thereby making it easy for our home grown artistes  to get international recognition.

Nigerian music videos has evolved over the past decade. It is worthy to give credits to directors like DJ Tee, Shina Adediji, DXF , Obaino, Uzodinma Okpechi, AK1 , Emeka Obefe, Afamdaman,  Akin Alabi , Wudi Awa and Gini. The directors that makes my top 10 Nigeria’s most visionary music video directors are young lads  whose exploit has  further repositioned Nigerian music as No 1 in Africa.

1. CLARENCE PETERS : The prolific Nigerian  music
video director  and cinematographer is from a prominent family famed for their contribution to the
entertainment industry. Clarence Peters owns  Capital Dreams Pictures which is a full fledged multimedia company. He is the most sought after music video director in the country. Clarence is no 1 amidst his contemporaries for his creativity. He has directed loads of award winning music videos. Clarence Peters charges nothing less than 6 million
naira to shoot a music video .

2. SESAN : Sesan Ogunro is the blood brother  of
popular beat FM OAP , Gbemi. Over the years Sesan has brought us some of Nigeria’s best and most interesting music videos. He got his big break when he directed D’Banj’s “Mr Endowed Remix’ video.  Sesan recently directed a video for an artiste I was been contracted to do PR for and he charged 3 million Naira for the 4 minutes video.

3. MOHAMMED MUSA : Popularly known as Mr. Moe Musa he is a UK based Nigerian  music director.  He got his major break when he directed EME’s  ‘Get Down Tonight” . Since then he has directed a whole lot of top rated music videos. He has done videos for
almost all the big names in the Nigerian music industry and beyond as he has also directed videos for Ghana’s Fuse ODG, R2Bees and many more. Mr. Moe Musa who is also an online video broadcaster charges 2million naira and above.

4. ADASA COOKEY :  This young man dumped his job with a telecommunication company to pursue his dream in entertainment. He owns Square Ball Media a video production outfit . The self trained video director who came to prominence after directing Burna Boy’s “Like To Party” video will not shoot a music video for anything less than 1.6 million Naira.

5. UNLIMITED L.A  : His real names are Buari Olalekan Oluwasegun . He runs Msayc Productions .He has steadily grown in recent years . He was trained by ace film maker DJ Tee. Unlimited L.A shot his first video in 2009 but came to limelight in 2013 when he directed Sean Tizzle's "Sho Le" . Since then he has shot of lot of high profile videos.

6. AJe : Ani James is another very young and prolific music video director. He had his big break shortly after directing the video to Rayce smash hit "Roll" and went on to direct Brymo's "Ara" video . Ani James who has over 7 Years experience in music video, television and film production. He runs a production company called Aje Film Works.

7. MATTMAX : Mathew Abiodun Aina wouldn't jump on any video project below 1.2 Million Naira. Mattmax's creativity as seen in Olamide's "Voice Of The Street" and D'Banj's "Don't Tell Me Nonsense" make him stand out.

8. Patrick Ellis : What stands this young vibrant dude out is picture quality. He has a way with visual quality . He hit Gold when he directed Wizkid's " Holla At Your Boi". However is first video was Samklef's "Labalaba".

9. Kemi Adetiba : Apart from being a music video director, she is also a television director. What makes her stand out distinctively is that she does not just jump on any video project. She selects the videos she directs. Kemi Adetiba was responsible for Banky W's "Lagos Party" video, Wizkid's " Tease Me" video, Olamide's " Anifowoshe" and "Sitting On The Throne" amidst others. She also directed TY Bello's award winning "Ekundayo" video.

10. T Frizzle : He used to be a sound engineer as he worked on the mixing and mastering of the late Dagrin's "CEO" album. Frizzle who is now a music director runs Frizzle & Brizzle films and he recently won The Best new director at the N.M.V.A.

Photo credit : Linda Ikeji 

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