Experiencing Interruptions?


It's a visual adaptation of poems from the book Words In My Head, which explore emotions surrounding gender, sexual orientation, blackness and feminism through the eye of a gay director from a homophobic African country Nigeria

  • Ayodeji Otuyelu
  • Ayodeji Otuyelu
    Words in my Head
  • Ashleigh McGregor
  • Ayodeji Otuyelu
    Key Cast
    Legend of the Underground
  • Ashleigh McGregor
    Key Cast
  • Ejembi Adakole
    Key Cast
    Legend of the underground
  • Kone Sendou
    Key Cast
  • Alem John
    Key Cast
  • Paulin Essayiyas
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Poetry, LGBTQIA
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    21,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Ayodeji Otuyelu

Ayodeji Otuyelu was born in Ogun State, Nigeria, but currently resides in New York City. At a young age, he started writing poems as an outlet for his overwhelming emotions but kept them a secret in his diary. After Ayodeji's first publication Words in My Head, and also starring in a HBO documentary Legends Of The Underground, he began to explores making a visual representation of powerful poem from his book, poems that tell the stories of his childhood that he always try too hide of variety of themes ranging from love, sex, sadness, and the overall complexities of life. When he is not writing poems, fiction or making films. Ayodeji also enjoys modeling as another form of expression, celebrating African body through implied nudes and portraits.

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Director Statement

I want to tell the story of people who are seen as voiceless or minority be told in film and poems, with dignity and beauty. There is power in the story we are scared to tell, and I give my all to say all the things that are unsaid.