Jude Idada is a prolific writer and an award-winning playwright. He is the winner of an AMAA best screenplay award, ANAA prize for Drama, a Goethe Institut Afrika Projekt finalist and the first runner up of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, and he has continually blazed a trail in the art scene.
He was also a finalist in the New Directions Filmmakers of the future project by MNET, in addition to being selected as one of the playwrights for the British Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival. Amongst many, Jude was also selected as one of the screenwriters for the Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘ADAPT THIS!’ and the Afrinolly/Ford Foundation ‘Cinema4Change’ projects. Jude was also an inaugural participant in the Relativity Media/AFRIFF Filmmaking project.
As the resident director of the Africa Theatre Ensemble in Toronto, Canada, Jude directed the stage plays “Flood,” “Brixton Stories,” “Lost” and “Coma”, the latter which he adapted for screen has currently wrapped up production in South Africa. Alongside several optioned screenplays and commissioned stage plays, he has written and published a collection of short stories “A Box of Chocolates”, an anthology of poetry “Exotica Celestica”, a stage play “Oduduwa – King of the Edos,” the first book in a trilogy of novels “By My Own Hands” and a children’s book “Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs of the North.”