Biography

Mak 'Kusare

Mak ’Kusare (A native of Delta State) is a Nigerian film director who won three awards for his first film Ninety Degrees in 2006 at the Zuma Film Awards in Abuja, Nigeria. He wrote, directed and produced the film entirely on location in Jos, Nigeria. The film won Best Director, Best First Film/Video of a Director and Best Feature Film awards. ’Kusare has also produced for radio, television and video.

‘Kusare is the President and Creative director of his privately owned production company (Avehil Media) based in Nigeria specializing in film and video productions for Cinema and TV.

’Kusare is a graduate of the National Film Institute in Jos. His efforts and contributions to Nigerian film is fast gaining international acclaim. ’Kusare has worked with the BBC World Service Trust as a director on the HIV/AIDS-awareness TV series Wetin Dey alongside other young directors like Seke Somolu, Kenneth Gyang and Remi Vaughan. His other work for the BBC is “Sara’s Choice”, a film with a delay-sex-debut theme, targeted at young people.

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He co-produced and directed David’s Fall for Televista which ran on national television for almost one year. Other than Television Dramas, Mak ‘Kusare produces and directs television commercials, and feature films. He directed “‘Champions of our Time” which ran in Cinemas in Nigeria and some African countries. “Champions of Our Time” was his first film with mainstream Nollywood.

Filmography

2010 – David’s fall (TV Drama Series) Televista Associate Producer/ Director 2009 – Champions of our time (Feature Film) Macnuel Productions Director

2008 – SARA’S CHOICE (TV Drama) British Broadcasting Corporation BBC, WST/ NACA Director 2008 – COMRADE (Feature Film), Cormcrew/ Avehil Associate Producer, Director 2007 – Wetin Dey, BBC WST TV series. Series Director (Currently running on NTA network service) 2006- Short (16mm) feature Film, DUTY Director (for the Federal Ministry for Information and the Nigeria Film Corporation) 2006 – Feature Film, NINETY DEGREES. Writer, Producer, Director. 2005 – Ecklesia’s Music video, HOLD THE DREAM.Director. 2004 – Documentary, A TOTAL FREEDOM OF SPIRIT, Writer, Producer and Director 2003 – AIT TV Talk programme, LEGAL SCOPE. Producer. 2003 – AIT TV Magazine programme ORIENTAL EXPRESS. Producer. 1998/1999 – A.I.T TV sitcom COUNTRY PEOPLE Camera / Production Assistant / Continuity person. 1997 – A.I.T TV Drama Serial SCHOOL FOR MISCHIEF – Actor.

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AWARDS

FESPACO: ECOWAS Prize for integration for the Best West African Film. 2011 FESPACO: Special Jury prize for the Best TV/ VIDEO/ FICTION. 2011 THE GOLDEN MBONI PRIZE, Lola Kenya, 2010, Kenya. BEST PICTURE, Zuma Film Festival 2010. BEST FILM, Abuja International Film Festival, 2010 GRAND PRIX, THE LAGOS ADVERTISING AWARD. LAIF 2009 SCREEN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Future Awards 2008 BRITISH COUNCIL YOUNG SCREEN ENTREPRENEUR YEAR AWARD, Nigeria, 2007. OFFICIAL SELECTION FOR TV/VIDEO COMPETITION, Fespaco, 2007. BEST DIRECTOR, Zuma Film Festival, 2006 BEST FIRST FILM/ VIDEO OF A DIRECTOR, Zuma 2006 BEST FEATURE FILM, Zuma, 2006.

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