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Meet Uche Aguh – The Movie Director Who Quit Medicine To Follow His Dreams

By the time he was five years old, Uche Aguh's parents had already decided that he was going to grow up to become the family doctor – in true Nigerian parent fashion.

But last year, Aguh decided to take what he describes as the biggest risk of his life and quit medical school, with only a year left, to focus on his real passion: cinema.

Uche Aguh Black Joker

Uche Aguh in his concept trailer, Black Joker (Photo: 55 Media)

Speaking with Konbini about his love for Nigerian cinema, Aguh said:

"Living in Bondage, The Deadly Proposal, and the early works of Nollywood are the reasons I got started on this path – I knew there was a deeper connection for me.

It was so much more than entertainment. It was a life I hadn't quite experienced yet. It's hard to explain, but I just knew it would be my line of work."

Aguh sees all of his work as a celebration of Nigerian identity, which he struggled to maintain after moving to Texas when he was 10 years old.

I Still Do – A brilliant directorial debut

Uche Aguh recently released his brilliant debut short film, which he wrote, directed and even stars in, I Still Do, costing him only $4,400 (₦2 million).

SAMBISA – The first narrative film made about Boko Haram

Written and directed by Aguh, SAMBISA is the first narrative film made about Boko Haram. The short film, based off his upcoming stage play Into the Sambisa highlights the Chibok schoolgirl abduction.

Speaking with Konbini about his plans for the future and his biggest wish, the 26-year-old said:

"I plan to continue to create and direct my own films. I'd also love to be given the opportunity to write, and direct the script for "Americanah", by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as it is being developed into a film."

He hopes to create a new Nollywood where young deserving filmmakers can have the financial support of the industry to tell bold, brave and daring stories without artistic limitations.

Stills from Uche Aguh's SAMBISA (Photo: 55 Media)

Stills from Uche Aguh's SAMBISA (Photo: 55 Media)

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