MEET THE MAN
DANIEL ADEMINOKAN is regarded as one of the most prolific filmmakers from Africa today as his works have charted a new course for the Nigerian motion picture industry. For 20 years he has written, produced and directed several feature films, shorts, music videos, commercials, PSAs, and documentaries.
Daniel started out as a scriptwriter but his eyes have always been on the director's chair. He is one of those you can describe as a natural in the art of directing.
His first passion was music and as a teenager, he toured with major bands as a bass player for several years. Even as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music producer, Daniel still nurtured his love for films and television. In the late 1990s, he penned several screenplays for producers in Nigeria that became very successful movies. This gave him more drive to pursue his vision as a filmmaker.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in Nigeria, he went on to the United States to study Filmmaking at the Digital Film Academy in New York, and the New York Film Academy.
He worked as an assistant director to renowned director Ikechukwu Onyeka who helped him hone his skills as a filmmaker.
Daniel's claim to fame came when he directed the movie BLACK FRIDAY that earned 5 nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards which has been described as the African Oscars. The nominations included best screenplay, best director, best editing, best sound and best actor.
He has gone on to win scores of awards as a director across Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His films have also screened at festivals & cinemas in Spain, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Scotland, the United States, Holland, The United Kingdom, South Africa, Ghana, Cameroon, and Canada.
He has been described as the "actors' director", "the all-in-one-director" and the "one-stop-shop". Noted for his knack for perfection and attention to details, actors and crew rarely turn down any script or material from Ademinokan.
Mr. Ademinokan is respected as a director but he is also a seasoned cinematographer, writer, editor, motion graphics animator, producer, songwriter, musician, and music producer.
Daniel is currently the CEO & Co-Founder of Index Two Studios LLC & CEO of Léon Global Media.
Ademinokan is also known for his philanthropy and training of young filmmakers across Africa and the United States.
“Making movies is my addiction & telling stories that can transform people's lives forever is such a thrill for me .”
- Daniel "DaBishop" Ademinokan -
THE WORLD THROUGH MY LENS
My quest to explore everything possible has made me versatile in different categories of filmmaking. As a musician, I definitely have always envisioned how I would like to look in a music video. But hey, I'm not the guy in front of the camera when the music is playing now. So, my love for making music videos was very natural.
Feature films are like babies to me that have to be nurtured till they are brought to the world and I love that process of going through every stage and every little detail till the work is done. Seeing people's reaction to my films on the big screen...that's where the maximum satisfaction comes for me.
Commercials & PSAs are probably one of the most difficult things to shoot. Trying to convince someone to buy a product in 60 seconds...that's work.
Think It. Believe It. Achieve It.
- Daniel "DaBishop" Ademinokan -
FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK
I WRITE ABOUT FILM, LIFE AND EVERYTHING BETWEEN
As much as I love to create content and tell stories on the big and small screens, I also enjoy living life to the fullest. I believe everyone was put on earth with diverse gifts, to fulfill various purposes. I love to inspire people with my stories, and my process through life's journey towards "purpose fulfillment". Whether from behind the scenes stories on my various projects, or ideas that will push you beyond the norm and challenge you to be the best version of yourself, you will find them on my blog. I also give free tips on making better films.