The cinema industry is relatively new in Nigeria. But it is one that hit the ground running from day one. Now, many Nigerians have imbibed the cinema culture and fill up cinema houses on the opening weekends of blockbuster movies. One of the cinema companies that made this possible is Filmhouse Cinemas, which was established in 2012 and has since grown to have cinemas located in big cities across the country. One of the leading entrepreneurs in the Film and Cinema Industry today is Moses Babatope.
Moses Babatope is the co-founder ofFilmhouse Cinemas andFilmOne Distribution and Production Company. He hails from Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria, but he is also a naturalized citizen of Great Britain .After his primary and secondary school education in Lagos,Babatope enrolled in Babcock University, to study Economics before transferring to Middlesex University Business School London, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Money Banking and Finance in 2003. He continued his education at Middlesex University Business School, with a Master’s degree in International Finance and graduated with a Merit in 2005. (NAIRAMETRICS)
Moses Babatope is one of the leading stakeholders in Nigeria’s cinema and film distribution industries. He is also a known writer and movie producer. With his business ventures, Babatope is not just addressing the needs of movie fanatics, he is also committed to delivering returns for filmmakers in the country. Filmhouse Cinema and Filmone Cinema were co-founded by Babatope in 2012 and 2014 respectively. . Ever since then, the companies have been major players in the Nigerian film industry.
Filmhouse Cinema specialises in cinema operations. It manages and owns cinema locations all over the country (about 10 of them). It also designs, and consults for cinema projects. The cinema company is big on technology and takes pride in its digital projection systems across all its cinemas, including its High Frame Rate cinemas. On the other hand, FilmOne Distribution and Production Company is an independent distributor and producer of filmed entertainment which provides top-end film release services, mainly in Nigeria. FilmOne’s debut project “Half Of a Yellow Sun” was released in 2014. It is pertinent to note that the company also distributed “Wedding Party,” a movie which was declared one of the highest grossing film of all time in Nigerian cinemas . (NAIRAMETRICS)
Babatope has cognate experience of over 18 years in cinema operations management, film production, and film distribution. His experience cuts across several locations in the world, including Nigeria and the UK. Babatope started his professional career from Odeon Cinemas Group, where he worked for almost a decade. He started in November 2003 as a team leader in the company. In August 2005, he became a Cinema Manager in the same company. Thereafter, in 2009, he became a Special Project Manager in the company and finally left in June 2013. Prior to his resignation from Odeon Cinemas Group, Babatope co-founded Talking Drum Entertainment Limited, a UK-based film distribution company that specializes in black film and TV content. After co-founding a film distribution firm abroad, Babatope felt the need to tap into the numerous opportunities in Nigeria’s film industry. That’s how he co-founded Filmhouse Distribution and Production Company and Filmhouse Cinemas. (NAIRAMETRICS)
Having produced Taxi Driver, The Wedding Party, amongst other box office smash hits, Babatope has a proven track record of promoting black films on the global stage. Being one of the very few major players in Nigeria’s filmmaking industry, Babatope has toured beyond the shores of Nigeria, and Africa at large, delivering speeches and lectures on theatrical distribution at prestigious events like the African International Film Festival and Film Africa Festival. (NAIRAMETRICS) Moses Babatope is passionate about taking Nigerian films across the globe, accessing new markets and delivering returns to film makers and those that back them up financially. He is a fanatic of Manchester United, happily married and blessed with 2 boys. In November 2018, Babatope was recognised as the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria. (linkedin)
Compiled by Michael Osuji
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