Faces in Nollywood: More About Blessing Egbe and What Every Scriptwriter Should Learn.

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There are people who don’t excel in life because they are too afraid to take the necessary steps to achieve their dreams. Nigerian born, Blessing Egbe isn’t one of them.

It’s actually one of the reasons why she ditched modelling. According to her, she got bored of just being a pretty face, and the body of some product and brand and decided to delve into something more creative, more challenging and inspiring. She took that bold step and ended up as an award winning flimmaker.

She studied Theater Arts and Filmmaking at University of Calabar, Nigeria and City Varsity Flim School, Cape Town, South Africa.

She equally owns and runs B’Concept Network Productions where she writes, and directs contents for flim and TV Production.

She is actually one of the scriptwriters I admire most, having watched her latest movie, “The Women”.

On how she builds her story and screenplay, she revealed in an interview with African Movie Channel (AMC), that she builds her story from a structural outline

She writes only when she is full of empathy for a character. She is moved emotionally and the dialogue pours out. Suffice it to say that, as a scriptwriter, she builds an emotional connection with her characters. She breaths the characters and speaks their dialogue.

It’s actually one of the screenwriting techniques I’m trying to learn. When as a scriptwriter, when you create an initial emotional bond with your characters, it engages your audience, making them care about the characters in your screenplay. I’d give Blessing thumbs up for this.

Her movies have won multiple awards and nominations. In 2007, her movie, “The Rivals” won the Best International Drama at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

Again, in 2011, 150 episodes of the TV Drama, “Disclosure” won her the City People’s Scriptwriter of the year award.
She also wrote, produced and worked as a co-director on “Two Brides and a baby”; a flim which gathered 25 nominations and 7 wins.

She is equally the brainbox behind the Drama Series, “Lekki Wives”, which she wrote, produced and directed in 2012/2013. The series which is about the lives of a selected group of women living in the highbrow area in Lagos, Nigeria called Lekki has won recognition awards and nominations.

Currently, the Nollywood flimmaker has the cinemas buzzing with her latest movie, “The Women”. The flim follows the events that occur when a group of women and their partners decide to go on a weekend getaway. It stars Kate Henshaw, Omoni Oboli, Ufuoma MCdermoth, Kalu Ikeagwu, Femi Branch, Anthony Monjaro, Gregory Ojefua and Lilian Afegbai.

Click  here to watch the Trailer.

Some of her movies also include,
The Rivals
African Queen
Before the vow
After the vow
Walking the Lane
This thing called Marriage.

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