The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The aphorism indicated above aptly captures the successful trajectory of Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen in carving a nitch for himself in the very interesting mellieu of the Nigerian Movie Industry.
It is not a surprise that Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen is being honoured as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, by the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Nigerian Film and Video Censor Board (NFVB), in an award tagged 60 Icons that have shaped the Nigerian Film and Video Industry.
It is an Award well deserved as Lancelot Imasuen is the only Edo Person alive on the list The other Edo lite ,the very impressive Sam Loco Efe has ascended to the great beyond .
Nollywood has had its share of the best and within the best Lancelot is among the best of the best.
So It was a Hollywood Director that came to Lagos to observe the process of making a Nigerian Movie .Seeing the cut and nail nuances at display he simply said “Not Hollywood- Nollywood”.That is the etymology of word “Nollywood,”.But for Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen ,making one blockbuster movie to another has made him acquire an unravilled image of distinction and excellence ,for which he is aptly dubbed “De Guv’nor”.
It is said that madness is doing a thing the same way and expecting a different result. And for Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen ,his selling point is departing from the established norm in making Nollywood Movies.
Some times, when you depart from the norm ,you transcend to excellence. It was not a surprise ,that Lancelot Imasuen has to his credit, perhaps the most acclaimed Epic in Nigerian History Invasion 1897, where my mentor ,the Debonair Pastor Mike Osakpolo Omoregbee-the CEO of Standard Schools, Benin City played the Lead role of Oba Ovoranmen Nogbaise.
Personality Profile of Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, popularly known as De Guv’nor is a Nigerian film producer, director, and scriptwriter with over 25 years of experience. He is the CEO of Lancelot Imasuen Media Network (LIMN), a public speaker, and founding member of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN).
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen was born on the 20th of June 1971, to the family of Chief and Mrs Godwin Imasuen. He hails from Urhokuosa town of Uhunmwonde Local Government Area, Edo State, Nigeria. He had his primary education at Oguola Primary School, while his Secondary education was at Eghosa Grammar School, Benin City, Nigeria.
After his Secondary education, Lancelot proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), where he studied Theatre Arts. As a child, Lancelot already had passion for the arts, and this was evident in his involvement in his secondary school’s drama society, and the literary and debating society.
He was also involved in the productions of his church drama group. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen is married to Aimua Imasuen, and they are blessed with three lovely children.
Lancelot joined a professional theatre company called Earthpot Kulture in Benin at a young age. His career as a director started with Evangel Theatre, a TV Gospel Drama Series, at age 19.
From 1988-1991 when Lancelot relocated to Lagos, he worked as a casual staff of the Bendel Broadcasting Service (BBS). In 1994, he got a job as the Production Assistant of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
Lancelot rose to the limelight at the age of 26, with the film ‘Yesterday’.
Thus far, Lancelot has been featured and interviewed by CNN, BBC, America Public Radio, South Korean Broadcasting Service, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Service, Nigerian Television Authority, African Independent Television, Channels Television, Silver Bird Television, African Journal Online, Washington Post, Guardian of Ottawa and several other International Broadcasting Network. He was the first African filmmaker to be a guest on CNN (Screening Room) in 2009.
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuwen is currently the Honorary Academic Chair on Filmmaking, Theatre and Mass Communication of the Department of Mass Communication, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Nigeria.
Yesterday – 1997
The Soul That Sinneth – 1999
The Last Burial – 2000
Issakaba – 2000
Private Sin – 2003
Enslaved – 2004
Moment of Truth – 2005
Family Battle – 2005
Games Women Play – 2005
Behind Closed Doors – 2005
Games Men Play – 2006
Yahoo Millionaire – 2007
Sister’s Love – 2008
Nollywood Babylon – 2008
Entanglement – 2009
Reloaded – 2009
Home in Exile – 2010
Bent Arrows – 2010
A Private Storm – 2010
Adesuwa – 2012,
Udeme Mmi – 2012
Lonely Heart – 2013
Invasion 1897 – 2014
ABC’s of Death 2 – 2014
The Insider – 2015
Enslaved – 2015
ATM (Authentic Tentative Marriage) – 2016
Darima’s Dilemma – 2017
Love Upon the Hills – 2017
Based on Principle – 2017
Idahosa – 2017
Shadows in the Dark – 2017
Crushed – 2018
Love Birds – 2018
Benin Fruit Seller (Documentary) – 2018
Wede – 2018
Rant Queens – 2019
The Wrong One – 2019
Sacrosanct – 2019
The Fall of Nekighidi (Stage Play) – 2019
Love or Quest – 2019
As A Public Speaker,
He delivered a lecture at Howard University Washington DC.
Lancelot delivered lectures at the Igbinedion University Okada, Nigeria, Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, Nigeria, Benson Idahosa University, and Kwara State University.
He delivered a seminar paper on Piracy in Nollywood on the 27th of March 2011. The seminar was organized by the African students of Columbia University, Washington DC.
Guest speaker at the African series of African/Caribbean Society of the St. Andrews University, Scotland during the African student’s event.
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen Awards And Nominations
Recipient of the Prestigious University of Port Harcourt Alumnus Award
Africa Movie Academy Award nominee for Best Director – 2006
Nominee for Best Feature Film at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) – 2010
Nominated at the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director – 2012
Nollywood Movie Award nominee for Best Director – 2012
Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Nigerian Film – 2012
Nominated at the Nollywood Movie Award for Best Director – 2013
Audience Choice Award nominee at the Chicago International Film Festival – 2014
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City People Movie Award for Movie Director of the Year (English) – 2015
Best Comedy Film at the Abuja International Film Festival – 2016
City People Movie Special Recognition Award – 2018
Award of Excellence at the Edo Talent Awards – 2018
Best Film Award at the Lekki International Film Festival – 2019
National Council for Arts and Culture Awards for propagating the Benin Cultural Heritage – 2019.
The Creative Industry Group’s Distinguished Veterans Recognition Award – 2019.
This expose’ will be inchoate if I do not give one of the Immortal Sayings of Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen ,which is not only inspiring but reassuring :
Locate your dream, then light up your passion, let the light burn as you keep doing what is right that you believe in and trust in your efforts. I tell you, one day, your candle will light up the world and time will celebrate you.
Lancelot Imasuen is indeed a gift to this generation.