Private Project

Nightfall in Lagos

Nightfall in Lagos explores the not-so-underground world of transactional sex in a country where prostitution is illegal.

  • James Amuta
  • James Amuta
  • James Amuta
  • Nonye Olumba
  • James Amuta
    Key Cast
  • Harry Dorgu
    Key Cast
  • Hadizar Abubakar
    Key Cast
    "Call Girl"
  • Alero Uli
    Key Cast
  • Oluwadamilola Fabiyi
    Associate Producers (uncredited)
  • Olushola Adigun
    Associate Producers (uncredited)
  • Anita Obodo
    Associate Producers (uncredited)
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  • Genres:
    documentary, hybrid, drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 27, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
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  • AMVCA 2018
    September 1, 2018
    Award Ceremony
    Nominated, Best Documentary
  • Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
    September 7, 2019
    Best Documentary by an African
Director Biography - James Amuta

James Amuta is an award winning aerial cinematographer; AMVCA Nominated “Best Documentary” filmmaker, writer, and publicist. His feature documentary, Nightfall in Lagos has received critical praise from film culturists across Africa. His works have been featured on international platforms like CNN, National Geographic, Canadian Broadcasting Service, EL TV, MNET, etc. And he’s contributed additional footage to award winning TV shows like Hush, Jemeji, Battleground, and Eve on DSTV. He is the author of “Enigma: Beyond the Poet” – a collection of 84 poems published in 2007. He’s worked on several hit TV shows as series writer / publicist –including Dragon’s Den, 100% Naija (Season 2), Koko Mansion, Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old, The Apprentice Africa.
James Amuta recently produced a documentary sponsored by Airtel and endorsed by the Wife of the Nigerian President – spotlighting the plight of women and children displaced by the terror activities of Boko Haram in the Borno and Adamawa States. He has also successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, filming a documentary almost 20, 000 feet Above Sea Level, under temperatures of minus 25 degrees Celsius.
He’s produced and directed documentaries and infomercials like: Project Hope and Comfort (for Cross River State); Enterprise Challenge 100 (for the centennial anniversary of IBM) and event documentaries for Porsche Centre Lagos, and the European Brands Motor Show (for the Stallion Motors Group). He also produced all the promotional videos, including the 4 hours live stream during the launch of Intercontinental Hotel Lagos.
James Amuta is the founder of The James Amuta Company – a bespoke publicity and creative content provider operating in Lagos. His young company has worked on various projects for clients like GDN – Martini, Grey Goose, Bacardi; Porsche Center Lagos; Venus and Serena Williams Breaking the Mould Nigeria Tour.
He moonlights as a music video director, production designer on various music video sets. He’s in the recent past served as editor of What’s New Magazine and resident publicist for Storm Records. James Amuta loves extreme sports and adventure. If he believed in reincarnation, he would love to return as a NASCAR race driver.

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Director Statement

Our motivation is to redirect society’s focus; to elicit a debate, and inspire relevant stakeholders to act to protect, sensitize, and rehabilitate these young women. Society has turned a blind eye to the alarming rate at which the values of parenting are rapidly being eroded, as sex-labor (oftentimes, underage) is used to sustain many households these days. The growth of social media has made the trade more sophisticated and more difficult to define. The health risks are undeniable – HIV and STDs. Advocacy groups need to step in, and help the Government reorganize its priorities.