Amidst the dynamic pulse of Nigeria’s film sector, one director’s vision stands out, captivating audiences with his unique narrative artistry. Introducing Usman Olarotimi Blackky Ogunlade, the innovative filmmaker at the forefront of African cinema and the esteemed Convener of the Ibadan International Film Festival.


Ogunlade’s diverse body of work, which spans popular TV series on Africa Magic and independent ventures, cements his reputation as a powerhouse in Nigerian entertainment. His directorial finesse is evident in series like #AMITURA, CHETA’M, RIONA, MASQUERADE Of ANIEDO, SIN, and the cinema hit “The Blacksmith,” produced by the acclaimed Jaiye Kuti.


In his words ‘#Blacksmith was born out of a desire to explore the complexities of identity and belonging in contemporary Africa. The story was inspired by my Executive Producer Dr. Jaiye Kuti and observations of societal dynamics and issues revolving around Money Rituals. It is a reflection of the decadence in morals in our community whereby people are no more patience about LIFE, everyone wants fast path into success.



“The story was set in the 1970, Nigeria,  blending vintage elements and tradition with modernity to create a compelling narrative that resonates with audiences.

We were intentional about how we intend to tell the story hence why we made it a period piece, so we approached each aspect of production with meticulous attention to detail, for example the Props, Costume, set and all, hence our commitment to excellence.



“We assembled a team of highly skilled professionals who shared our vision and passion for storytelling. From pre-production planning to post-production refinement, every decision was made with the intention of elevating the overall quality of the film.’



Blackky’s ascent in the industry is a tale of unwavering commitment, fervent passion, and a quest for perfection. His films, steeped in cultural richness and shaped by his life’s tapestry, strike a chord with viewers, offering stories that are both genuine and impactful.



He spoke further on how his background and personal experiences influences the stories he tells and Interpretation.



“My background and personal experiences serve as a source of inspiration and authenticity in storytelling. Growing up in Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria, I’ve been exposed to a rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and perspectives that shaped my worldview. These influences find their way into my work, allowing me to create stories that are relatable, nuanced, and reflective of the diverse African experience.’

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His recent accolade at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), where his directorial venture #AMITURA won Best Series, underscores his artistic brilliance and the significance of his contributions to African entertainment.



In his reaction to this,  Blackky added ‘ It’s truly an honor to have our work acknowledged at the AMVCAs. It’s a validation of the passion and effort we poured into the project. The recognition is not just for me but majorly for the Executive Producer JAMES OMOKWE and also for the entire cast and crew who worked tirelessly to bring the vision to life. It’s a humbling experience and motivates me to continue pushing boundaries in storytelling.”



Continually challenging the status quo, Ogunlade’s dedication to crafting narratives that are not only engaging but also enlightening and uplifting is unwavering. Each new project serves to solidify his position as a visionary in the realm of film and a catalyst for Africa’s cinematic evolution.



In a field riddled with obstacles, Ogunlade’s achievements shine as a source of motivation and a symbol of the tenacity and ingenuity that characterize Nigeria’s flourishing movie scene.



With the industry and viewers alike awaiting his next creations with bated breath, it is undeniable that Usman Olarotimi Blackky Ogunlade is a formidable presence in filmmaking, and his story is far from over.



“As for what’s next, I’m excited to embark on new creative ventures and explore fresh storytelling opportunities. While I can’t disclose specific projects at this moment, I’m committed to pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, and bringing more diverse voices and perspectives to the forefront of African cinema. Whether it’s through Feature films, documentaries, or other forms of visual storytelling, I’m eager to continue pushing the boundaries of creativity and contributing to the vibrant tapestry of African filmmaking. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming projects, and thank you for your support.”



His latest and first cinematic venture, “The Blacksmith,” produced by the esteemed Nigerian filmmaker Jaiye Kuti, continues to garner praise and critical acclaim.

‘I believe the success of Blacksmith resonates with audiences because it speaks to universal themes of Love, Contentment, Loyalty, Identity, Resilience, and the Human experience. The story resonates on a deep emotional level, inviting viewers to reflect on their own journey and relationships. Additionally, the film’s visual and auditory elements create an immersive experience that captivates audiences from start to finish.”