Morenike Olabunmi is a Jamaican-born documentary filmmaker, writer and researcher who resides in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies from the School of Visual Arts and College of Staten Island. Frustrated by the exclusion of African films from cinema programs, she created Emerging African Cinema, a film course where college students explore Africa’s culture, politics and history through the films of prolific African filmmakers. Olabunmi has taught this course at Empire State and Medger Evers Colleges in New York City.
Olabuis documentary Etu & Nago: The Yoruba Connection is the first in a two-part series that narrates the story of Yoruba/Nago descendants in Jamaica, West Indies. Olabunmi iscurrently doing research for the upcoming sequel. From 1997 to 1999 Olabunmi directed and produceDaub, a cable program on Brooklyn Community Access Television. That program showcased multi-faceted services for children in New York City. She served as production consultant for Osuntoki Mojisola’s, Osun: Her Worship, Her Powers. Olabunmi’s photography graces the cover of The Healing Powerof Sacrifice by Chief Priest Ifayemi Elebuibon.
Director: Etu and Nago:The Yoruba Connection