Culture Spotlight Featuring Prosper Edesiri (West Africa Edition)
Updated: Sep 2
Prosper Edesiri Arhawho, is a Film Director and origin of Delta State, Nigeria. He earned a bachelor's degree in Mass communication at the Delta State University, Abraka in 2017 and proceeded to Plateau state for a one year compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 2018 and concluded in March 2019. He also holds a certificate in filmmaking (Directing, Cinematography, Scriptwriting, Editing) from the High Definition Film Academy, Abuja, where he was recognized as the best directing and editing student.
During his NYSC days in Jos, Plateau state, where he made the movie 'THE CLARION CALL, that talks about the lifestyle of corpers, the challenges they face in Nigeria, and the impact they should make to every place they are deployed to. The movie was well welcomed during the official Premiere, and it earned him a recognition award from NYSC. Before the Jos experience, he also wrote, produced and directed a stage play 'GOLD DUST' in Asaba, the delta state capital where he tackled social issues that are prevalent in the state, and he also made some movies back in his university days, as his course has a bit filmmaking as an elective.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival?
The festival was a special one and the movies were exceptional I must confess.
Though done online, and not been able to experience physical interactions and interpersonal relationships between filmmakers and all, it was still a wonderful one and didn't fall out of expectations in any way outside the above reasons.
But in all, it was worth the while and kudos to the organizer
Why are stories from the culture important?
Stories from the culture are so important and key because to a large extent it defines what we should adopt as the new way we live or rather how culture should be or better still redefining culture and visually representing our society in a narrative format. However, showing society as a mirror of itself.
What projects are you working on now?
I am currently working on two projects, one of which involves the ills of oil theft or oil bunkering in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The project also exposes the causes of oil theft and why the region still suffers underdevelopment despite being the oil-rich region of Nigeria.
The second project entails the richness of our culture and where we are coming from as it takes us on a ride to 1890 where we witness the love of a prince from the rich Benin kingdom, falls in love with a maiden from Urhobo land which is forbidden.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival is important?
The Harlem film house and Hip Hop Film Festival is important because it gives filmmakers to showcase their stories to different audiences from different socio-cultural backgrounds around the world. Especially young and upcoming creative filmmakers who probably don't have the opportunity