Chioma Ude is the Founder Africa International Film Festival, a film festival that holds annually in Nigeria.
She founded AFRIFF in 2010 as a platform to train individuals in film then develop and monetize content for the public. At the Nigerian entertainment conference, she stated that the inability of indigenous filmmakers to adequately convey the language, story and cultural elements of Nigerians into film was responsible for non-selection for the Academy Awards.
In October 2016, she spoke with the corporate world about AFRIFF in Lagos, explaining that the aim is to raise awareness on the benefits and potentials of African cinema.
Ude has a degree in marketing from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. After her education she worked as a dynamic Sales executive in a trading company in Nigeria for two years after which she proceeded to the United States of America where she worked for 11 years.
In 2006 she returned to Nigeria to take up appointments as Managing Director and CEO of JATA Logistics Ltd.
She transformed the fortunes of JATA and moved the business focus from core logistics services like travel management to Business Support Services and eventually Events Management, which was a passion of hers.
From 2006 to 2009, JATA managed various investor fora, local and International roadshows for the initial public offering of UBA, Bank PHB and Transcorp, Private placements for Interstate Data USA and Global Biofuels, managed events for National Sports Lottery and various other companies.
An ardent film lover and commentator, her passion for the industry grew more intense after her involvement in the production of the 2007 Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) UK Roadshow.
The ensuing relationship culminated in Chioma being invited to take on the Logistics of the 2008 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and the creation of the AMAA Charity Benefit, which she produced for the Africa Film Academy in 2008 and 2009. This novel initiative was designed to be an annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project aimed at creating a vehicle for industry practitioners and stakeholders to give back to society.
Also in 2009, Chioma and Jata produced one of the most talked about film premieres in Nollywood, for the film ‘Through the Glass’ produced by Stephanie Okereke. Chioma crowned 2009 fantastically as the local producer of the ION International Film Festival (IONIFF), held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
In 2010, she founded the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). From inception Chioma has steadily continued to move AFRIFF boldly and strategically to a fully privately funded interest and has tremendously grown the fortunes and reputation of AFRIFF as Africa‘s most vibrant film festival experience. Going into its 10th edition AFRIFF is firmly set in the international circuit of festivals and is continuing to attract tremendous international interest and support.
In 2017, Chioma and her partner based platform and service provider founded Envivo Communications Limited. A providing services in the digital Network space Transformation which boast across Africa.
She is the Group CEO of Envivo Communications subsidiaries like nvivo Media, Envivo Education, Envivo Payments, Maverick Interactive Lavida Studios and Mammal Studios.
Also applications from the group include, NVIVO TV, a Secure video-on-demand platform set to offer innovative content and groundbreaking programming in Nigeria , learning, etc. iClass, a top rated Learning Management System Online.
Chioma is also involved in other philanthropic initiatives and social enterprise where she sits on the board of Innovatively, Nigeria’s foremost incubation and acceleration lab for tech based ventures.
Well done, Congratulations!!