Upclose & Personal With Sesan Ogunro

 

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Ekiti-Born Sesan Ogunro may not have a familiar face within the Nigeria Entertainment sphere but his works and name surely does. With his name being associated with excellence and creativity, Sesan Ogunro has grown to become one of Nigeria’s top choice video directors within the country and recently outside the industry as he shot the visuals to American rapper, French Montana’s song.

Born to Mr. Sesan Ogunro, the popular advertising guru of Eminent Communications; Sesan is the second child and first son of four children having one elder sister, one younger brother and one younger sister. He grew up in the Ebute-Metta part of Lagos which saw him having friends from different backgrounds- rich, middle-classed and poor backgrounds. He had his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria before travelling to London where he had his tertiary education studying 3D Animation and Special Effects.

My Father is a man of his own, I am a man of my own”, he proudly says this as a counter to a question on him not following in his father’s line of career. Well, who wouldn’t be proud to say so with the level of success he has attained thus far?

Although his choice of directing still has a connection with advertising in terms of print, radio, TV (video); clearly Sesan is not just a musical video director but a video director with a clientele that spans across the entertainment circle to the corporate world. He recently got the contract to shoot a TVC for Arik Air and UBA.

Dressed in a well ironed white sleeve and black pants with matching shoes during this interview, Sesan hinted about his dress sense: “Obviously I’m a businessman as well as a video director and I don’t shoot every day. I have to meet with corporate and urban clients and this requires me to dress in an outfit that suits a businessman. Although when I’m shooting, I’m usually on jeans or shorts depending on the weather condition”. Sesan’s business adventure started way back in London after graduating from school. He started up a company which later packed up but gave him an exciting experience. Moving on, he teamed up with Anthony Dickson as his partner and they both formed a company together.

On seeing that the visual market in Nigeria was about kicking up and was very fertile, he sold his shares to Anthony and moved back to Nigeria.

In Nigeria, he formed his operational company- Filmworks which is co-owned by his younger sister, Fade Ogunro (popular OAP at Beat FM 99.9) and together with a superb team which he still works with till date, they shot their first musical video for D’Banj’s Suddenly and that brought him into the world of Video Directors in Nigeria. Onwards, they have shot world class visuals for different artistes in Africa.

Happily married with kids, Sesan is proud to have a family who understands his schedules. On his family, he says “Really I’m out to just make a living for my family and I’m glad they understand, although I still find enough time to share with them

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