Tobi Akinde is a filmmaker, film curator and researcher working from Ibadan. He works mostly in the form of non-fiction films, and curating events around cinema.
His works are necessitated by the need to challenge the boundary of his knowledge, with keen interest in protest culture and the representation of the everyday as a means of subverting established stereotypes, speaking to social justice, and deliberately documenting time.
His process of production is rooted in understanding of the decolonial mandate of African Cinema, the complexity of ‘truth’, the interrogation of archives as custodian of collective memory and aversion of rigid application of social science methodologies in telling very intimate, personal, and yet not less "truthful" stories.
Tobi studied Law at the University of Ibadan. He was awarded the the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) grant for language and cultural exchange programme in Berlin (2018) and the Creative Activism Award by Culture Resistance Network (2021). He is currently a Junior Research Associate on Digital Humanities and Documentary at Institut Française de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA-Nigeria) (2020/2021).
Aside from organizing various film screenings across Lagos and Ibadan with Monangambee and Thursday Film Series, He has also done commissioned film documentation for IFRA-Nigeria, the University of Bristol and University of Canada, Bala Usman Institute, Kano, Kingston University London and Tandile Xperimenta Lab to mention a few. He has also spoken/ facilitated sessions on cinema, and presented his works to audience at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan (2019), the African Studies Book Club, University of Cambridge (Jun. 2020), Phoenix International Short Film Festival, Toronto(Dec. 2020), Alliance Française, Mike Adenuga Center Lagos (Feb.2021), IFRA-Nigeria (Aug. 2021) and Goethe Institut, Lagos (Dec. 2021).
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