Kemi Adetiba is a Nigerian filmmaker, television director and music video director who was born on 8 January 1980. She has been in the filmmaking industry for most of the 21st century so far, which is fascinating given the fact that she’s only 41! Her career began with radio and TV presenting and later music video directing . She is widely recognized for her role as the host of Nigerian family TV series “Maltina Dance All” for its first few seasons.
KEMI ADETIBA: BACKGROUND AND CAREER
Born in Lagos on 8 January 1980, Kemi Adetiba started her journey into the media as a young child where she headlined two national television commercials for the detergent brand OMO, toeing the path of her father, Dele Adetiba. Her mother is the engineer and actor Mayen Adetiba.
Kemi Adetiba started out professionally as a radio presenter with Rhythm 93.7 FM, where she became the voice behind two nationally syndicated hit shows: Soul’d Out and Sunday at the Seaside. She started anonymously posting personal remixes online on various applications such as Spotify and SoundCloud under the username and tag ‘hule’.
Kemi Adetiba began to make a transition from being a voice on radio to being a face on television by producing and presenting several shows on MNet, which includes Studio 53, Temptation Nigeria which she presented alongside Ikponmwosa “IK” Osakioduwa. Kemi Adetiba was also a presenter on SoundCity TV and hosted Maltina Dance All for three consecutive seasons.
After years of success being in front of the camera, Adetiba enrolled into the New York Film Academy to learn the ropes about being behind the cameras and today, her bodies of work as a director are spread across the African continent and beyond its borders. Kemi Adetiba’s short film Across a Bloodied Ocean was screened at the 2009 Pan African Film Festival and National Black Arts Festival.
On 8 September 2016, Kemi Adetiba’s first feature film The Wedding Party (a Nigerian Rom-com film) premiered opening night, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as the opening film of the City-to-City Spotlight.
In 2017 she was presenting the show King Women where she interviewed her mother Mayen Adetiba. Other former King Women included Chigul, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, TY Bello and Tara Durotoye
Her works have won her several awards, which include Best Female Video for the song “Ekundayo” by TY Bello at the Soundcity TV Music Video Awards, Best Female Video for the song “Today na Today” by Omawumi at the 2010 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Adetiba’s most recent works are music video direction of Waje’s “Onye” which features Tiwa Savage, Olamide’s “Anifowose”, “Sitting on the Throne” and Bez Idakula’s R&B single “Say”.
Kemi was nominated for Best Music Video Director of the Year at The Headies 2014. She won the City People Entertainment Award for Best Music Video Director Of The Year (2015) and a HNWOTY Award for Woman of the Year in Film and Television (2017)
Kemi Adetiba’s filmography includes: The Wedding Party (2016), King of Boys (2018), and King of Boys: The Return of the King (2021).
By Oluwamayowa Akinyemi