Magic of Nigeria

Director: Ola Balogun
Country: Nigeria
Year: 1993
Running Time: 29 min.
Language: English and Yoruba

Ola Balogun explores old and new art forms to tell about the vitality of tradition as they are expressed in the religious, artistic and daily life of the people of Nigeria.

About the Director

Ola Balogun

olabalogunBiography: Ola Balogun is a Nigerian film director and one of the pioneers of the evolving Nigerian video cinema market. He is a director of different forms of films, ranging from art works to popular movies. His movie Aiye, a reproduced effort of Duro Ladipo’s play was a major cinematic event in shaping Nigeria’s horror genre. His major breakthrough was also a work of Duro Ladipo, Ajani Ogun. The film led a movement from stage works to produced films. Aiye starred the Yoruba actor Herbert Ogunde. Another directed film of his was a starring vehicle of Moses Olaiya Adejumo. Ola Balogun was the producer of two of the earliest Yoruba and Igbo movies, Ajani Ogun and Amadi. He studied at the French Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques. It was while in France that he became interested in making films as he was exposed to various art films exhibited in cultural centers. Balogun was born on August 1, 1945 in Aba, Imo State. He attended Christ the King School, Aba from 1951-1957 and King’s College, Lagos. He then went to the University of Dakar, Senegal (1962-1963) and to the University of Caen, France, from 1963-1966. In 1969, he worked with the Federal Ministry of Information as a scriptwriter and was later posted to Paris as a press attaché of the Nigerian Embassy.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Magic of Nigeria (1995).

Les Ponts de Paris (1971);
In the Beginning (1971);
Vivre (1971);
Eastern Nigeria Revisited (1972);
Fire in the Afternoon (1972);
Alpha (1972);
Nyse Masquerade (1973);
Thundergod Ownama (1973);
Amadi (1975);
Ajani Ogun (1975);
Musik Man (1976);
Ija Ominira (1978);
Black Goddess (1978);
Aiye (1979);
Cry Freedom (1981);
Orun Mooru (1982);
Money Power (1982);
River Niger, Black Mother (1989);
The Magic of Nigeria (1993).