Top Collaborators of the Year

They saved my life in 2020.

You are only as good as your team. Just a few names on this list are part of what I’ll call “my team” but in reality, they are independent creative experts who made out time to pull up and work with me in this turbulent 2020. I have always been the lone ranger but in 2020, more than ever, I realized I can’t do it all on my own. Whether I need them to express their creativity on my platform or assist me with my workload, these guys have answered my call and I’m especially grateful for their help. Do not be afraid to reach out to someone today.

  1. Noble Nnamani: @NobleN22 Based in Abuja, Noble is a social media expert. This eagle-eyed proofreader, who is also a designer, can spot errors anywhere. Noble has assisted me in crafting my visual reviews, show me the way around social media marketing and challenged my poor decisions. You can reach out to Noble here: nnamaninoble@gmail.com
  • Ajiboye Stephen:@TheAjiboye I met this guy in the university. Actually, he met me. He has a creative radar and once he spots you, he pushes you to an almost enviable level even if that means he has to help you. This month I published my booklet, FAQ:WHERE AND HOW CAN I GET MOVIES ON MY PHONE: Stephen’s Spaceship Consulting handled the publishing and designs. Stephen is an artful designer and also an abnormal thinker. This is the guy you need to design your website, publish your book, design the cover image, edit your piece, cast your clickbait headlines (he’s the ‘god of headlines’) or even present you opportunities to take your work to the next level. This is email incase you need this godsent: ajiboye4214@gmail.com
  • Luke Hearfield: @LukeHearfield My first real encounter with this English man was me asking for advice from a professional critic. Hearfield’s YouTube videos were even more inspirational and soon I was looking up to this man. The icing was Hearfield’s inclusion in the first edition of Culture Roundtable, a publication moderated by yours truly. This man provides fantastic movie opinions and if you’re looking for something to brighten your day, check out his “Read to Filth” reviews where this handsome bloke suddenly becomes an acerbic villain with the harshest of reviews.  This is his Youtube page.
  • Nollywood REinvented:@NollywdREinvntd it’s hard to be a film lover or critic in Nigeria without wishing for a standard ratings system like Rotten Tomatoes has provided the American audience. Stumbling on Nollywood Reinvented was one of my greatest joy this year as the process was not only transparent but simpler than I expected. Founded by Oge, who also graced the Culture Roundtable, every Nollywood film is put in its place on the site and you need no other publication. Oge’s commitment and slickness while we worked together calmed my nerves about online interviews. Don’t let her harsh and borderline cruel reviews scare you – she’s an angel. This month, Nollywood REinvented was a recipient of Ynaija’s Most Influential People in Nollywood. You can check it out here.
  • Zach’s Review: @ReviewsZach “Hey man, I got this thing where I bring critics together to talk about movies and other stuff and I’d like you to feature in the first official publication.” “Alright, sign me up.” And the rest is history. If you check out that particular publication, you’d see Zach’s the straight to the point, say as it is, fellow. Even when he delayed sending in his entry, I was so relaxed cos we had an effortless conversation where he showed his interest and considered it an honour. One of the most unpretentious people I’ve worked with this year. He’s affiliated to no one: just an independent critic with two cute dogs who’s rendering his unreserved opinion. Check out his Letterboxd.

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