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OYETAYO OJOADE

#8, Old School Street

Joined In Jul 2022

About Me

My name is Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade born from the cross-cultural union between a Trinidadian mother and Nigerian father. I began my technical career in computer graphics in Lagos, Nigeria. My interest in still art and photography stimulated by a Bachelor of Technology degree in Industrial Design (Graphics) obtained at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology Bauchi, Nigeria (1997-2001), further developed a curiosity in ‘moving pictures’, thus, my interest in film. As such, I pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, Trinidad where I excelled in courses such as editing, photography, cinematography and documentary making. I am also currently employed as a lecturer in videography at a community college called Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies, College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT). I have directed and produced five short films and three feature documentaries – A feature documentary entitled My Skin, My Tears (2022) screening online on 26th March 2022, A feature documentary entitled The Hidden Crime – Violence Against Men (2021) screened at the Caafa International Film Festival (CIFF) Ghana in August 2021 and the African Film Festival in Atlanta on November 19th 2021, A documentary entitled The Pursuit of Truth @ 125, A film about the 125th anniversary of the Catholic Newspaper in Trinidad screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival on September 22nd 2018, A documentary entitled Bottom in De Road (2015), The Madonna Murti (2013), a feature documentary, an investigative documentary entitled Who Let the Dogs Out (2008), an animated narrative film Suck Meh Soucouyant, Suck Meh (2009), Shouters and the Control Freak Empire (2010), a documentary that was screened at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Vancouver, Washington in August 2011. My choice in subject matter for my documentary films is fed by the duality that is a result of my cross-cultural heritage and the rich intercultural experiences nourished by both my mother’s land and my father’s heart. I grew up with my parents in Jos, Plateau State Nigeria where my father Professor J. Olowo Ojoade has been a lecturer in the University of Jos since 1972 and Professor of African folklore there from 1981 to the present, have inherited from my father an interest in a rich social and cultural heritage and I seek to preserve this through audio-visual means, creating awareness where necessary of the social problems inherent in some areas. As a filmmaker and editor, I look forward to developing my skills in the field of documentary making in Trinidad and Tobago and the motherland. I see documentary making as a means of projecting various aspects of the folklore and culture of Trinidad and Tobago. The field of folklore and culture is an area that boosts tourism and it is hoped that through my documentaries, I would be able to participate in the government of Trinidad and Tobago’s expansion in tourism as one of its major sources of revenue.

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