Israel Ekanem

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Israel Ekanem is a Nigerian-born award-winning storyteller. At a young age, he was introduced to the art of storytelling by his grandmother, and it quickly became his passion.

His IMDb page lists 22 writing and directing credits, including the award-winning Drown the Lovers and Dearg—an impressive number given that he’s only making films since 2016. His films have been shown both internationally and locally, most recently at the Atlantic International Film Festival.

Israel believes that a story properly told can change the world, one person at a time.

Industry Role

  • Producer
  • Director / Filmmaker
  • Crew
  • Post-Production
  • Writer
  • Actors
  • Cinematographer / DOP
  • Production Manager
  • Assistant Director
  • Art Department
  • Editor
  • Actor


  • He / Him
  • Racially Visible
  • African
  • Fluent in: English


  • Drown The Lovers (2018) - Writer, Director