Faraday Okoro, a 30-year-old Nigerian-American filmmaker, has been awarded a $1 million grant from AT&T.
The grant is a new initiative introduced to the program with the aim of helping emerging filmmakers. The program which is called AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, kicked off this year in collaboration with the Tribeca Film Festival.
The grant awarded Okoro will be used by the filmmaker to develop his feature film “Nigerian Prince.” Okoro was chosen out of five finalists by a panel that includes filmmaker, Lee Daniels.
The New York University film school graduate will shoot “Nigerian Prince” in Nigeria, and might feature Chiwetel Ejiofor, whom he has already pitched the project to.
Set in Lagos, the film follows the story of a stubborn Nigerian-American teenager forced to go to Nigeria against his will and joins forces with his cousin, an internet scammer, in order to return to the United States.
A New York City based Nigerian-American filmmaker, Faraday Okoro graduated with Distinction from Howard University and has MFA in filmmaking from NYU Film School.
His debut short film “Full-Windsor” screened in 14 major film festivals, including the Los Angeles Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival among others.
His short film “Blitz” also premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
“Nigeria Prince” will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.