PROFILE OF MRS NWAKAEGO BOYO
Nwakaego “Ego” Boyo is a well-known and accomplished actor and producer who has worked extensively in the Nigerian film industry since the 90s. She made her debut as an actor in the critically acclaimmed Soap Opera “CHECKMATE” which aired on the NTA network service for five years playing the role of Ann Haastrope – a role which endeared her to Nigerian audiences.
In 1996, she produced her first feature film “VIOLATED”, a Moving Movies Production, directed by the Late Amaka Igwe. The film was considered one of the highest selling home video productions of its time, and has gone down in Nigerian Film industry history as one of the best Romantic Dramas, and the benchmark for Romantic films in Nigeria.
Ego set up her own production company later that same year, and continues as the managing director /CEO of the company. Set up as a full digital production company with a rental arm and working in production from end to end, a service it continues to provide across two continents.
In 1998, Ego delved back into production with another collaboration with Amaka Igwe, this time the film was “TO LIVE AGAIN” which was directed by Amaka Igwe and went on to garner several THEMA award nominations, and REEL award nominations and eventually to win best Film/Picture at the Reel Awards in 1999.
In 2002, Ego produced arguably the biggest romantic feature film of the decade “KEEPING FAITH” directed by Steve Gukas starring Joke Silva, Richard Mofe Damijo, Olu Jacobs, a relatively unknown Genevieve Nnaji as well as Funlola Aofiyebi, Bimbo Akintola and industry staples Keppy Ekpeyoung and Fred Amata as well as Veteran actor, Ibidun Alison.
The Film also was the first Nigerian Film to introduce the “event premiere” that was a first of its kind premiere supported by Telecom giant MTN. On the evening of Valentine’s Day 2002, an international audience enjoyed a lavish evening with dinner, music and performances and the first screening of the film at that Premiere. It went on a road show which included Enugu, Port Harcourt and Abuja.
Between 2006-2008, Boyo co produced her next film “30 DAYS” directed by Mildred Okwo and Okwo starring Genevieve Nnaji, Chet Anekwe, Segun Arinze, Joke Silva, Najite Dede.
TP and Boyo took a hiatus from feature filmmaking and focused for the next few years on Corporate Video Film making, Adverts, Short Films and Advocacy films, promotional filmmaking and Television Series.
Ego returns to her feature film roots with “A HOTEL CALLED MEMORY” directed by Akin Omotoso, shot in Lagos, Cape Town and Zanzibar and due to be released mid 2017.
Boyo, who is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Benin, is passionate about education, charity, and women empowerment, she is an active member of several organizations.
She recently set up Temple Mai Foundation under Temple Productions with the mandate to produce and present visual statements for advocacy groups and other foundations; to inform and educate identified groups and the general public through visual media.
She is a member of many clubs in Nigeria and the UK, and is a Global rights advocate in the campaign against Sexual Violence and also serves on the Advisory Board of Oando Foundation, an independent charity established in 2011 to support the Nigerian government in achieving its universal basic education goal. She is a member of The Nigeria Entertainment Business Group, The Association of Movie Producers, as well as The Nigerian association of Theatre Arts practitioners.
Ego is a Director at Lagos Preparatory School, Ikoyi, which offers the highest quality British Preparatory education.
Ego was appointed the 60th President of the International Women’s Society, Nigeria in March 2017.