Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Nigerian film executive, is the new Head of Local Originals in Nigeria for Amazon Prime Video.
Previously the director of M-Net West Africa regional, Mba-Uzoukwu, will now oversee both scripted and non-scripted Prime Video content in the country.
Confirming the new appointment, Ned Mitchell, head of originals for Africa and the Middle East for Amazon Studios, said, “After a global search for Amazon’s Head of Originals in Nigeria, I am delighted to share that Nigeria’s very own Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu will be joining our team to take on this senior executive role within Prime Video and Amazon Studios.
“I am delighted that Wangi’s next chapter will be leading our growing Nigerian Originals team and strategy, responsible for developing and producing truly authentic films and scripted/unscripted TV series for Prime Video customers in Nigeria, one of the world’s most exciting cultural exporters whose stories and talent shine brightly in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world. She will continue to build on the great foundation she has already laid to support and nurture talent throughout West Africa, mostly turning her attention to Amazon Studios’ mission of building out the first globalized production studio in history with a Home for Talent at the centre.”
The search for Amazon Prime Video’s head of Nigerian Originals was announced in April this year. The job post listed a search for a UK-based experienced senior creative executive to work with its Nigeria originals team, who will report directly to Ned Mitchell.
Mba-Uzoukwu has an impressive portfolio of Nollywood content from her years heading M-Net West Africa. The film executive is a pioneer of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) and the creative behind Africa Magic indigenous channel ‘Africa Magic Igbo’.