Not all Nigerians are drug dealers in South Africa

Not all Nigerians are drug dealers in South Africa

Nigerianisation of crime is a worrisome phenomena that pervades South Africa.

Though there are thousands of Nigerians doing well in South Africa but the media has subjectively spotlighted and focused their lens on the few criminal elements in the Nigerian community.

This has made many South Africans to perceive an average Nigerian as a criminal.

Today, nigeriansinsouthafrica brings you the story of Akin Omotoso, a Nigerian film maker who has contributed immensely to the develoment of South Africa.

Akin Omotoso was born in Nigeria. He grew up in Ile Ife, Osun State. His family emigrated to South Africa in 1992 after his father, writer Kole Omotoso, got an academic appointment with University of the Western Cape.

This also prompted him to study in the same university,obtaining a diploma in speech and drama. He lost his mum in 2003.

Omotoso ventured into entertainment, while at the university. His acting debut was in Sunjata by Mark Fleishman. This also earned him a Fleur du Cap Award for Most Promising Student in 1995.

He used to money gotten from acting in the play to direct his first short films, The Kiss of Milk, The Nightwalkers, and The Caretaker.

By 1999, he wrote his first full length film titled God is African. The film was released in 2003. He started a production company along with Robbie Thorpe and Kgomotso Matsunyane called T.O.M pictures in 2003.

In 2010, he began working on Tell Me Sweet Something, speaking on the script with Pulse Nigeria, he stated that Theodore Witchers, Lóve Jones was the influence behind the film.

He also noted that he got grant from African Women’s Development Fund. The film earned him a best director award at 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.

Some of his works are:

Soul City (1994)
God is African (2002)
Gathering the Scattered Cousins (2006)
A Place Called Home (2006)
Soul Buddyz (2007)
Jesus and the Giant (2008)
Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest (2009)
Man on Ground (2011)
End Game (2013)
Tell Me Sweet Something (2015)
Vaya (film) (2016)

Omotoso has been a source of positive inspiration to many Nigerians and Africans in South Africa.

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  1. FOVICTOR
    February 16, 08:22 Reply
    The erroneous perspective of a our South African Host has compelled me to articulating on the confusion fast spreading like an epidemics in the land that 'all Nigerians are criminals" In my educative commentaries,i reiterated in the past that the fact that a small sect of Nigerians who have decided to choose the negative way should not in anyway be the parameters for the erroneous statistics to conclusively say All Nigerians are criminal. I learnt from one of the comments when a young intelligent lady suggested that the good Nigerians should stand up and match against drugs and illegal operations of brothels.Here is the question, How comfortable do you think it will be for the good and hardworking ones like me to cooperate with South African security Apparatus when we are fully aware of the unholy romances with these criminals? How do we speak out when you know they are directly or indirectly partnering in these ugly deals? whose life will be in danger? Let these questions be answered first, then we can do more than a match against these ill practices.My opinion#

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