b. 1978, London
Writer, director, and producer Adaora Nwandu grew up in both Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She studied psychology, neurophysiology, and philosophy at Oxford University, obtaining her BA and MA. After graduating, she returned Nigeria to serve in the National Youth Service Corps and spent two years working for the media NGO Communicating for Change. In 2003, she founded Muka Flicks Ltd. in London. In 2005, the company was incorporated in Nigeria as well.
While taking a course in writing and directing at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Nwandu was invited to work with Timothy Reid of Sister, Sister and That 70s Show and Daphne Reid of The Fresh Prince of Bell Air and Eve at New Millenium Studios, VA, where she remained until 2004. She has created several short films, such as Say My Name: The Torchsong Tercet (2009–10), The Interns, and Lay to Rest (both 2004), and completed her first feature-length film, Rag Tag, in 2007. She has also served as a writer, director, or producer on a number of projects for Muka Flicks Ltd., including the acclaimed documentary series A Fertile Alternative and Give Them Some Credit (both 2011), the reality series Miss Nigeria: Search for Queen Ambassador (2011), and her own creation, A Suitable Spouse (2012). Nwandu received the Honolulu Film Awards’ Silver Lei for her script Bitter Eden (2011) and Ogeyinka Merit Awards for Excellence for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Producer (2011). She divides her time between Enugu, Nigeria; London; and Los Angeles.