The Hero’s Journey of Emmanuel Oghieaga

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The best thing I love about my work is my originality. I see my works as an avenue to educate and enlighten the world at large about the rich and intriguing folklores, histories and cultural heritage of Nigeria as a people and as a nation.

What is my idea of happiness?

True happiness for me lies in doing the things you truly love. When one has the ability and capacity to animate one’s passion, it is definitely a short cut to happiness. Telling stories, creating characters and afterwards watching the stories and characters come to life on stage or the big screen means everything to me.

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is the fear of not achieving all the big dreams I have for the movie industry. My dream is to create original African stories that will impact my world positively and even after I am long gone, continue to enlighten and educate the world about the beauty of African History, legends and folklores.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I wouldn’t entirely say I deplore it but if there is anything I think I need to watch, it should be the level of trust and confidence I have in people. No doubt this has resulted in disappointments on many occasions but it also has its good sides. For example, I have heard some members of my team say that, the simple fact that I exhibited so much confidence in them, caused them to step up their games and become better at their craft.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Quentin Tarantino

Jordan Peele

James Wan

Kunle Afolayan

Kemi Adetiba

Funke Akindele

Jade Osiberu

What is my greatest extravagance?

My love for satires and parodies has influenced my writing style a lot and it is easily reflected in my comic stories and comic screenplays. Creating unbelievable and larger than life parodies for stage and web series is certainly my greatest extravaganza.

On what occasion would I lie?

I belong to the school of thought that the truth always sets one free, I would rather not say anything than lie about something.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Sometimes due to certain production constraints and unplanned circumstances, a finished work (feature film project) may differ in value or quality from the original screenplay and this could be slightly demoralising for the story creator. I certainly dislike this situation whenever it happens with any of my works.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

After writing quite a number of online stories, a few screenplays for other producers and a few scripts for theatrical productions, I embarked on writing the first feature film screenplay that will be produced by myself and a few friends.

Writing and producing my first feature film ‘Koi Koi – The Myth’ and watching the project come to life, sweeping nominations and awards both locally and internationally in its wake has been one of the happiest moments in my works so far.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I truly love myself and all the amazing abilities and gifts that I have been blessed with. I wouldn’t change anything about myself.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Producing my first feature length film ‘Koi Koi – The Myth’

Where would I most like to live?


What is my most treasured possession?

My personal computer.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I have a very strong positive outlook on life, I radiate and share this positive energy anywhere I find


What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

So far, my most inspirational location has been the National Museum in Benin City, Nigeria.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

GT Plus, Benin City.

What books influenced my life and how?

Aside Nigerian literature which particularly fascinated and influenced my early childhood a great deal, foreign books on crime and murder mystery also appealed to me very strongly.

I drew inspiration from authors like Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, Eddie Iroh, Nick Carter, James Hadley Chase, James Patterson and a host of other African and foreign authors.

I cultivated the desire to tell African stories from African authors and developed the penchant for the thriller, mystery and horror genres from my favourite foreign authors.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Appreciate it by 2face Idibia

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?


Michael Schofield (Prison Break)

John McClane (Die Hard)

Django (Django Unchained)

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

Adelaide/Red (US)

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My parents and my three siblings.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Twelve Angry Men

What role play stories in my life and work?

Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption)

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

I am in control of my life and what’s most important to me is my purpose for existence and the route I will take to achieve purpose. I will live my best life by dedicating everything I am and have towards animating my passion.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

I have a lot of people in my life that believe so strongly in my passion and my dreams and continually push me to grow, aside my immediate family members , others are Eddy Young, Lawal Adekunle McDouglas, Freddie George, Phebe Agbator, Joshua Orumen, Abel Omoikhafen, Adaze Enogieru

Which people or companies would I like to work with?

Sony Pictures Studios


Amazon Studios

FilmOne Entertainment

Blue Pictures Entertainment

Red TV

Kunle Afolayan

Kemi Adetiba

Funke Akindele

Jade Osiberu

What project am I looking forward to work on?

Burma 1945


Anini the Law

The Rejects


Where can you see me or my work?

You can find me and my works on IMDB, Linkedin, Filmfreeway Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and


What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

I have had countless number of times to jump ship and pursue another profession but the passion to tell, write and create stories continually fuels me. I really don’t know what I would have done if I wasn’t a story teller and writer.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Adekunle Lawal Mc Douglas

Eddy Young

Freddie George

Joshua Orumen

How can you contact me?

Emmanuel Oghieaga on IMDB, Filmfreeway, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Emmy Phenom on Instagram and Twitter.

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