Abbesi Akhamie

2021 Princess Grace Award
Nominated by: Jacob Burns Film Center
Cary Grant Film Honor


Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Abbesi Akhamie is an award-winning Nigerian American writer/director and producer working between Lagos and New York City. She is an MFA Film graduate of New York University with her work focusing on Africa and its diaspora as well as the politics of culture and identity. Her films have screened at several renowned festivals including her short film, Still Water Runs Deep, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Currently, she is developing her debut feature film, In My Father’s House, that will be filmed in Nigeria with initial support from the NYSCA/NYFA and the Attagirl Feature Program. She has also been graciously supported by the following institutions and programs: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Jacob Burns Film Center, Berlinale Talents, and the TIFF Filmmaker Lab.