Chioma Ude, Entertainment Goddess and Pioneer
Whenever a list of dedicated most powerful women in Nigerian entertainment are made, one name that is guaranteed to feature is that of Chioma Ude. Chioma Ude is a Nigerian entertainment executive. Chioma Ude, holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is highly regarded for her dedication and contribution to the growth of film-making in Nigeria. She has over 17 years professional experience in her field of expertise, runs a successful Logistics company and has also acted as a consultant for organizations.
Chioma Ude is the enigmatic founder and executive director of AFRIFF. In 2010, she founded Africa International Film Festival, a film festival that holds annually in Nigeria, which has grown to become one of the leading film festivals in Africa. Ude passion for movies grew more intense after her entrance into the Nigerian Movie Industry through her involvement in the production of the 2007 Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) UK Roadshow. She was acknowledged by 36ng.com.ng as one of the most influential women in the entertainment scene in Nigeria.
Chioma Ude in the entertainment scene is not only successful, but also powerful, in a world widely regarded as a man’s. Ude founded AFRIFF with the vision that it will be a platform to train individuals in film then develop and monetize content for the public. In October 2016, she spoke with the corporate world about AFRIFF in Lagos, explaining that the aim is to raise awareness on the benefits and potentials of African cinema.
Ude, an America-returnee and entrepreneur, was among the 700 sons and daughters of Igboland who convened for another celebration of Igbo culture, music, poetry and dance. The AFRIFF boss was celebrated for what organisers described as a remarkable player on the African arts and entertainment scene.
She enjoys fund-raising for filmmakers and has produced some premieres for some of the best films in the Nigeria, an art that has set her on the right path for her new role as founder of AFRICA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AFRIFF).