Biography: Akin Omotoso is a writer, actor, and director. He was born in 1974 in Nigeria and grew up in the university town of Ife where he found his first love- writing. In 1992, his family moved to South Africa after his father accepted a lectureship at the University of the Western Cape. Omotoso enrolled for the only course at the University of Cape Town that did not require a matric exemption, the Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama. He originally intended to do drama for a year, but continued with the course before launching into the acting profession. His career plans were turned around after he was cast in Sunjata, a play directed by Mark Fleishman. He won The Fleur du Cap Award for Most Promising Student in 1995 for his role in the play and decided to pursue a career in the performing arts. Using money he made from acting to subsidize his directorial feats, he completed three short films: The Kiss of Milk, The Nightwalkers, and The Caretaker. In 1999 he wrote his first feature film, God is African. When God is African premiered in 2003, Omotoso was struggling with personal loss after his mother died from cancer. He decided to reprioritize his life and started a production company, T.O.M Pictures with Robbie Thorpe and Kgomotso Matsunyane. Omotoso and his production company went on to win Best South African Film at the New York Independent Film Festival in 2004.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
God is African ().
Soul City (1994);
God is African (2002);
Gathering the Scattered Cousins (2006);
A Place Called Home (2006);
Soul Buddyz (2007);
Jesus and the Giant (2008);
Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest (2009);
Man on Ground (2011);
End Game (2013);
Tell Me Sweet Something (2015);