Emem Isong is a popular Nigerian movie producer. She started her career in 1994 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from the University of Calabar and a diploma in computer science from the Computer Science Institute (NCR).
She combines the rich cultural roots of the Ibibio people and her degree in Theater arts to churn out some of the best scripts that have come out of Nollywood. Describing her movie production style, Emem says, ”I am dramatic. I love dramatic events and I don’t want a situation where you predict what would happen next.”
Since 1994, Emem has written and produced more than 17 movies some of which have won awards both nationally and internationally. She has also written about 10 for other producers, and she is renowned for writing and producing highly thrilling suspense movies.
Describing her success, Emem says it was, ”Hit And Run… that made people sit up and notice what I could do. But the one that made me happiest was Emotional Crack, which took me to festivals outside the country, particularly the African Film Festival in New York. I was invited… and that exposed me to meet with a lot of other film-makers and some others in the film industry. That is the one… that gave me the break that I needed.”
”I also love dialogue and I pay a lot of attention to detail, as I expect the viewer to be thrilled,” she says, continuing: `If you watch all my movies… you would see what I am saying. For example, in ”Breaking Point, She Devil, A Minute To Midnight, Master Stroke, Play Boy, Rumours, Shattered Illusion, Promise Me Forever, and Emotional Crack… not forgetting Private Sin.”
Emem’s movies have won many awards and she have gone far and wide in the course of her career. She is married to her husband Nkama Misodi, who is from Cameroon and they’re blessed with twins. She also has a son from a previous relationship
Emem Isong is known to be very private and prefers to stay mostly out of the public eye, she rarely grants interviews. This, according to her, is because she wishes her work to be consumed on its merits alone without her personal life influencing her viewers.