Born in Lagos on January 8, 1980, Kemi Adetiba started her journey into the media as a young child where she headlined two national television commercials for the iconic detergent brand OMO, Towing the path of her father, Dele Adetiba, a veteran in the advertising and broadcast industries who played a pivotal role in the development in Nigeria
She started out professionally as a radio presenter with Rhythm 93.7 FM, where she became the voice behind two nationally syndicated hit shows: Soul’d Out and Sunday at the Seaside.
Kemi Adetiba began to make a transition from being a voice on radio to being a face on television by producing and presenting several shows on Mnet, which includes Studio 53, Temptation Nigeria which she presented alongside Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa. Kemi was also a presenter on Soundcity TV and hosted Maltina Dance All for three consecutive seasons before Osas Ighodalo-Ajibade took over.
After years of success being in front of the camera, Adetiba enrolled into the New York Film Academy to learn the ropes about being behind the cameras and today, her bodies of work as a director are spread across the African continent and beyond its borders. Kemi Adetiba’s short film “Across a Bloodied Ocean” was screened at the 2009 Pan African Film Festival and National Black Arts Festival.
On the 8th September 2016, Kemi Adetiba’s first feature film “The Wedding Party” (a Nigerian Rom-com film) premiered opening night, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as the opening film of the City-to-City Spotlight. It’s was the most successful movie of the year 2016. In a couple of days, the part two will be out.
The Future Nigeria Awards have taken notice, nominating Kemi for the On-Air Personality of the Year award five years in a row (including 2011, where she became the first double-nominee in the ceremony’s history with a nod for Screen Producer/Director of the Year).
Some of the awards her works have won include Best Female Video for the song “Ekundayo” by TY Bello at the Soundcity TV Music Video Awards 2009, Best Female Video for the song “Today na Today” by Omawumi at the 2010 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and nominated for Best Music Video at the 2010 SoundCity Awards. Her work on Banky W.’s “Lagos Party” also earned Best Editing and Best Male Video nominations at that year’s SoundCity Awards.
Kemi’s work on “More You” by singer/songwriter Bez won her international critical acclaim, with the most touching tribute coming in the form of a write-up by her alma-mater, the New York Film Academy. Kemi was nominated for Best Music Video Director of the Year at The Headies 2014. She won the City People Entertainment Award for Best Music Video Director Of The Year (2015).
Although she’ll be 38 on the 8th of January, Kemi is still single and she’s in no rush to get married. She says when she finds the right man, they’ll settle down. Now, she just wants to focus on her career.