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Name  Ebele Okoye

Role  Painter
Ebele Okoye Papermouse by Ebele Okoye YouTube
Movies  The Legacy of Rubbies, Anna Blume
Awards  Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Animation
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Great Commission. ( With Pastor Ebele Okoye )

Ebele Okoye (born October 6, 1969, Onitsha, Anambra State) is a Nigerian painter and animator, resident in Cologne, Germany, since the year 2000.


Papermouse by ebele okoye


Okoye studied Fine and Applied Arts (Graphic design/Illustration) at the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu from 1985 to 1989. On arriving Germany in 2000, she did a guest programme at the University of Cologne, which she promptly left to go register in Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. From 2003 to 2004, Okoye trained in traditional 2D cartoon animation at the Internationale filmschule köln. She is a fluent speaker of Igbo, English, and German.


Ebele Okoye is active in fine and media arts and constantly shows her works in both one-man and group exhibitions (see below). She is founder of Shrinkfish Media Lab, a production company based in Abuja. In 2016 she announced plans for a feature-length film, hinting that it might be "like Chronicles of Narnia and Pocahontas put together."


Her 2007 project Anna Blume, based on a 1919 poem by Kurt Schwitters, won the Robert Bosch Foundation Promotional Prize for Animation. Okoye has won two Africa Movie Academy Awards, for The Lunatic (2008) and for The Legacy of Rubies (2015). "I did not make this film to chase awards," she said in her acceptance speech for the latter, in South Africa. "I made this film, to inspire every African animator who wants to make animation films." The Legacy of Rubies was one of the two closing films at the 2015 Silicon Valley African Film Fest. The same film had its Canadian premiere at the Toronto Black Film Festival in 2016.

Selected group exhibitions

  • 1995 Mirrors of Society - National Museum, Lagos (Nigeria)
  • 1996 Nigeria/China Co-operative exhibition, Lagos (Nigeria)
  • 1996 Selected Nigerian artists as chosen by the National Gallery of Modern Art, Nigeria - South Korea
  • 1997 Small-Small Things - National Museum, Lagos (Nigeria)
  • 1998 The Rape of Nature - Brazilian Embassy, Lagos (Nigeria)
  • 2000 Threshold of Peace - African First-ladies' Peace-Summit exhibition, Abuja (Nigeria)
  • 2001 Women about Women - Goethe Institut, Lagos (Nigeria)
  • 2003 Ipade Begegnung - Afroasian Institute Gallery Vienna, Austria. (Österreich)
  • 2004 Globalia - Frauenmuseum (Women's Museum), Bonn
  • Selected solo exhibitions

  • 2003 Between Territories - Galerie Haus 23 Cottbus, Germany
  • 2002 Nomadic Diaries (A travelling pictorial storytelling)- Munich, Cologne, Halle; Germany & Neulengbach, Austria
  • 2001 Woman about Women - Cologne Germany
  • 1999 New Culture - Didi Museum, Lagos Nigeria
  • 1998 Selected Paintings and Portraits in Oil - Lagos. Nigeria.
  • 1996 Realities - Didi Museum Lagos. Nigeria
  • 1995 Storms of the Heart - National Museum, Lagos Nigeria
  • Filmography

  • 2015 The Legacy of Rubies (Germany/Nigeria/USA) 28Sp min. 2D Animation (Director/Coproducer)
  • 2014 Die Liebe in den Zeiten der EU (Germany) 2D Animation (Director/Coproducer)
  • 2013 Closer N’ Closer (Commissioned) (Nigeria/Germany) 06:00 min. 2D Animation (Director/Coproducer)
  • 2012 Meine Heimat “My Homeland” (Nigeria/Germany) 05:00 min. 2D/3D Animation (Director/Coproducer)
  • 2011 Footy My Love (Nigeria/Germany/Denmark) 07:00 Min, 2D Animation/Video Art (Director/Coproducer)
  • 2010 The Essence (Nigeria /Germany) 05:30 min. , 2D Animation (Director/Coproducer)
  • 2009 Anna Blume (Germany/Bulgaria) 09 mins. 2D Animation (Producer/Co script writer/Animator)
  • 2009 Patterns (Nigeria /Germany) 10 mins. 2D Animation (Director/Coproducer)
  • 2008 Papermouse (Germany) 2,5 min. 2D Animation (Director/Coproducer)
  • 2007 Die Verrückte ‘The Lunatic’ (Germany) 5 min. 2D Animation (Director/Coproducer)
  • 2006 The Lunatic - 04.03 mins. 2D animation (director/animator)
  • 2004 Tag Attack - 05.00 mins. 2D animation. Ifs Cologne (co-director/animator)
  • 2002 Once upon a dance - 04.00 mins. digital collage (director/animator)
  • References

    Ebele Okoye Wikipedia

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