Ishaya’s passion for filmmaking cuts across fiction and documentary narratives. He studied filmmaking at the London Film School where he graduated with a distinction and an emphasis in writing and directing. His graduation film, ‘Braids on a Bald Head’ was screened in over a dozen film festivals and won the Best Short film at the 2012 AMAA Awards.
His work in documentary includes ‘Fuelling Poverty’, a documentary that comments on the 2012 fuel subsidy scam in Nigeria and resultant #OccupyNigeria protests and ‘Silent Tears’, a documentary on Gender Based Violence. Both projects were made with a grant from OSIWA (Open Society Initiative for West Africa).
Ishaya’s feature film debut was ‘Road to Yesterday’, a drama starring Genevieve Nnaji that won the Best Film (West Africa) at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA), where he was also nominated for co-writing and directing. The film is available on-demand on Netflix.
Ishaya is the creative director of Amateur Heads Productions, a filmmaking creative committed to producing socially conscious content. He lives in Abuja, Nigeria.