Founder/CEO, Zuri24 Media Lagos and Academy Director Multichoice Talent Factory, West Africa
Heritage Jury President
Femi Odugbemi is an accomplished storyteller and Content Producer whose career has spanned advertising, broadcasting and filmmaking. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States, Femi is a former President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN), he co-founded the IREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival Lagos, and is a 4-time Head of Jury of the prestigious AMVCAs - the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. He has also served as a 3-time Head Judge of the Uganda Film Festival (2012-2014), Juror of the British Council “Shakespeare lives’ project (2016), Juror of the Emmy Awards in New York (2012 & 2016) and many others.
Femi’s screen credits include Nigeria’s longest running daily soap TINSEL (over 2500 episodes and counting), the critically-acclaimed drama series BATTLEGROUND (460 episodes), and his most recent work BRETHREN (260 episodes), all screened across the continent on the DSTV channels. He has also produced and directed feature films including MAROKO (2006), GIDI BLUES (2016). Femi has in addition written and produced many critically acclaimed documentaries and issue-based films.
In November 2013, he received the Excellence Award of the Society of the Performing Arts of Nigeria (SPAN) and received the prestigious lifetime achievement award from the Nigeria Film Corporation in 2018.