Jude is the recent winner of 2019 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, he was announced winner of the US$100,000 cash prize. Mr. Idada is a winner of an AMAA best screenplay award, ANAA prize for Drama, a Goethe Institut Afrika Projekt finalist and the first runner up of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, he has continually blazed a trail in the art scene. He was also a finalist in the New Directions Filmmakers of the future project by MNET in addition to being selected as one of the playwrights for the British Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival. Amongst many, Jude was also selected as one of the screenwriters for the Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘ADAPT THIS!’ and the Afrinolly/Ford Foundation ‘Cinema4Change’ projects. Jude was also an inaugural participant in the Relativity Media/AFRIFF Filmmaking project. As a filmmaker, he has written several screenplays for various production companies spread around the world. He wrote and produced the critically acclaimed film “The Tenant.” He has also directed the documentary “Blaze Up the Ghetto” and the feature film “Kofa”.As the Artistic director of the Africa Theatre Ensemble in Toronto, Canada, Jude directed the stage plays “Flood,” “Brixton Stories,” “Lost” and “Coma”, the later which he adapted for screen has
currently wrapped up production in South Africa and recently directed his psycho-erotic stage play “3some” as part of the fringe section of the Lagos Theatre Festival. Alongside several optioned screenplays and commissioned stage plays, he has written and published a collection of short stories “A Box of Chocolates”, an anthology of poetry “Exotica Celestica”, a stage play “Oduduwa – King of the Edos,” the first book in a trilogy of novels “By My Own Hands” and a children’s book “Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs of the North.” His new collection of short stories “I Hid My Past on Top of an Iroko Tree” comes out this fall by Bahati Books and his critically acclaimed stage play “Sankara” is published by Parresia Books under the Origami hand print. He will be Facilitating this Year’s Lagos Fringe Festival Workshop on ‘Writing for film and Stage’ on 19TH November, 2019.

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