Ever wondered the key players behind some of your favorite Nigerian music videos, you should read our list on the top music video directors in Nigeria right now.
Watching visuals of songs from our favourite artists is something we can all relate to doing. Whether we’re streaming on YouTube or watching on other music platforms, we love to stay updated on the latest music videos.
The music videos that we see and love are products of the hard work, time and energy put in by music directors. Music directors are vital to the Nigerian entertainment industry and deserve accolades for their effort.
For an artist, having a music video boosts visibility and exposure, helps in promoting the song, bringing the listeners closer to the artists. A great song with a great video is no doubt going to gather a lot of views which in turn translates into more money for the artistes. This explains why artistes release visuals of their songs from time to time.
This article dives into the leading music video directors in Nigeria right now. These people have directed music videos for some of the most excellent songs we know out there. These bright talents are leading the industry from behind their lenses, defining Nigeria’s Visuals creation scene, pushing it to new and unpredictable places.
Top Music Video Directors in Nigeria
Here are the top music video directors in Nigeria right now in no particular order:
1. Meji Alabi
Uk born Nigerian, Meji Alabi is first on our list of leading music video directors in Nigeria. Meji has carved a name for himself as one of the forces driving the waves of music video production in Nigeria currently.
He has collaborated with several A-lists shooting stunning videos for artists such as Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Maleek Berry. In 2014, Meji Alabi co-founded a production company, ‘JM Films‘. The company specialises in creating visuals for music videos, commercials, movies and television.
In 2019, Meji Alabi signed to Black Dog Films, a Uk based creative agency. His genius track record is a solid one; cutting across various movies, commercials, and music videos.
Meji Alabi remains has remained a leading Nigerian talent in film production in recent times.
Oladapo Fagbenle fondly known as Daps is a British born Nigerian artist and video director. Daps rose to starlight after shooting the video for USA hip hop group Migos hit song ‘Bad and Boujee’. The video went on to become a US number one and generated hundreds of millions of views.
Daps had a career as an athlete for many parts of his life until 2010. At the age of 24 when he decided to take up a career in video production. Since then, Daps has gone on to attain world-class heights.
He was the mastermind behind the visuals that accompanied Afrobeat superstar Davido’s hit track ‘Fall’. The music video surpassed 100 million views, becoming the most-viewed video by a Nigerian artist on YouTube.
Daps has shot videos for several local and international A-list artists including Kendrick Lamar, Iggy Azalea, Willie xo, Davido, Wizkid, 2 Chainz.
3. TG Omori
Next on our list is Cross River bred music video director, ThankGod Omori professionally known as TG Omori. TG Omori is a talented music video director, filmmaker, and cinematographer. He started making videos from the early age of sixteen. At 18, he took a professional part after graduating from Pencil Film Institute, making him the youngest professional filmmaker in Nigeria at the time.
He has built an outstanding portfolio for himself since he debuted into the scene in 2019. TG has worked with top Nigerian artistes such as Olamide, Naira Marley, Zlatan, Timaya, among others. TG’s reputation in music video direction seems to grow bigger with every release.
4. Clarence Peters
Arguably the biggest name in the history of Nigerian music video directors, Clarence Peters is next on our list. Clarence has become a force to be reckoned with due to his longevity and consistency in the Nigerian music industry.
A graduate of City University, a film school in Cape Town, South Africa, Clarence has several awards and recognitions for his exploits. He is also a mentor to many aspiring video directors.
The Veteran director is responsible for some of the biggest music videos in the Nigerian music industry. Clarence Peters prides himself on delivering very colourful and creative works. His videos are in fact some of the most streamed videos in the Nigerian music scene in recent times. Clarence has worked with several artists such as Rudeboy, Zlatan, Burna Boy, Davido, Olamide, to mention a few.
5. Dawa Thompson
Dawa Thompson is undoubtedly one of the best music video directors in Nigeria right now. A graduate of Film and Television production at Georgia State University in Atlanta Dawa regularly spearheads the creation for music video projects for top artists including Wizkid, Davido, Kizz Daniel and Tiwa Savage.
He refers to himself as the “Nigerian fixer for commercials, music videos, and brand films”. He has collaborated with world-class creatives on several projects for global brands like Red Bull, MTN, & Nike. His refreshing visual experiments have set him apart as one of the top-notch music video directors in the Nigerian music scene in recent times.
6. Ademola Falomo
Last but not least on our list of the top six music directors in Nigeria right now is Ademola Falomo.
Twenty-one-year-old creative director, Ademola Falomo, is one of the current Nigerian visual creators. Ademola is changing the face of the country’s video direction scene with his unique perspectives and innovative visual concepts. Born in Lagos, Nigeria Ademola found his love for cinematography at the age of thirteen, when he developed a keen interest in audio and pictures.
Ademola is currently carving a niche for himself as one of the top tier music video directors in Nigeria. His strong resume of superior visual content includes videos for artists such as Santi’s ‘Gangsta fear’, Odunsi’s ‘Desire’,’ Rema’s ‘Dumebi’, Tems’ Try Me’.
Ademola’s outstanding videos have earned him recognition as one of the brilliant music video directors in the country today.
Video directors are no doubt indispensable in the music and entertainment industry. A video is a visual representation of a song, so the roles of these music video directors cannot the over-emphasized.
Make sure to read our list on the top Nigerian music artistes to watch out for.