Filmmaker, Writer, Actor, Poet, & Attorney.
Background and Legal Career: Oliver Oscar Mbamara started writing and acting while pursuing a legal career in Nigeria before moving to the United States where he became a State Admin Judge, a position in which he has served for over fourteen years. Mr. Mbamara has been a long standing member of the Nigerian Lawyers Association (USA) and has served in various capacities for the association up to the level of the chairman of the board of directors.
Writing & Artistic Career: Oliver continued his writing and artistic career in the USA and has published a number of books on Poetry and Africa-themed essays. In 2001, he broke into American theater and entertainment circles with his lead role in the off-Broadway show – PRISONER OF KALAKIRI. He then returned to the big screen where he became one of the pioneering Nollywood filmmakers in the USA when he teamed with colleagues to make the ground breaking Nollywood film titled THIS AMERICA (2004) based on his novel that chronicled the conflicts and experiences of an African immigrant in America. He has since produced, directed, and acted lead roles in several feature films such as SLAVE WARRIOR , ON THE RUN AGAIN, and the SPADE MOVIES SERIES. One of his latest works is the creation of the pioneer African Diaspora TV series titled CULTURES. Oliver recently graduated from the New York Film Academy where he studied Filmmaking. He is the current president of the Nollywood Producers Guild, USA.
Publishing & Motivational Speaking: Oliver is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning online magazine ww.AfricanEvents.com and continues to write and serve as a motivational speaker and commentator on life and living. He has delivered various papers at various public forums and conferences up to the United Nations. He is currently working on a number of books and other projects. For more on Oliver please visit www.OliverMbamara.com
Recognition: Some of Mr. Mbamara’s recent awards include:
2015 LANFA Legendary Movie Achievement Award USA
2014 Nigeria Centenary Achievement Award (NCAA) USA.
2013 Nigerian Sports & Cultural Award for “Contributions to the Nigerian Movie Industry.”
2012 GRIOTS Film Festival Recognition For “Dedication & Commitment to African Cinema”
2012 Nations of Pan Africa Best Movie Director Award
2012 NAFCA Best Cinematography Award.
2011 Nollywood USA “Legendary Achievement Award,”
2011 Nigerian Promoters Association (USA) “Best Movie Producer of the Year Award,”
2008 Afro Heritage Immigrant Award
2008 Afro-Hollywood USA Legendary Award
2002 International Poet of Merit Award