About Oprah

About Oprah

Hi! My name is Oprah K Oyugi. I put on quite a few hats so hopefully this website encompasses most of what I get upto.

Amongst the many things I do, Writing and filmmaking are what I'm most passionate about. I'm a writer and film director and live to tell stories the best way I can. I have a bias for Kenyan and African stories and hope to be a leading filmmaker, tv showrunner and writer in Kenya and the world.

I recently had the privilege of working on the high profile GLAAD Media Award winning, Netflix Original TV show Sense8 as Production Assistant. The TV show is shot across 8 different countries, one of them being Kenya and I was on the production team through Ginger Ink Kenya. It was amazing working with an international cast and crew.

I've had the priviledge of working alongside professionals in the NZ film industry Including: Candelit Pictures NZ, Maxwell Currie & Tom Hern of 4knights film, Ande Schurr of Schurr Sounds and Anaïs Chaine photographer extraordinare. I still work closely with Anaïs Chaine and recently shot and edited a wedding video for her whose trailer you can check out here. You can also have a look at some of the blogs I write for her on here.

My current main project is a Cooking Show called Serving Single. It's a show aimed at giving bachelors tips and tricks of how to save time and money in the kitchen through a fictional character, Eugine. The episode is due to for online release on 18th January, 2016. You can read about it here. In the meantime you can follow us on FacebookTwitter & Instagram to keep up to speed with our progress.

A play I wrote "But I Just Got Here" was featured at the Short & Sweet Festival in Sydney Australia on 13th-14th Feb, 2016. The play was directed and produced by the lovely Ren Thackham, an Award-winning Australia based Filmmaker. The play went through to the Wildcard finals in the Festival and emerged 3rd. You can read more on it here

Another big project I'm woring on is the Short Film based on FGM in Pokot called "Lorna" which was selected for the NZ 2015 Short Film Lab. Script to Screen NZ is currently facilitating mentorship and development on the script writing part of this project. I'm looking forward to sharing more about the project in the next few months.

Education

  • 2015 – Diploma in Creative Writing, Whitireia Polytechnic NZ
  • 2014 – Certificate in Applied Filmmaking and Television, New Zealand Film Academy
  • 2012 – Certificate in Film and Animation, Shangtao Academy

Clients

In my other life I would be a: Musician or pilot. I live and breathe music and envy a lot of people who are in the field. I also love flying. Ever since I can remember – I always wanted to be a pilot and I still get a crazy rush around airports and airplanes. I haven't lost hope tho. I reckon I still have enough time to venture into and conquer those fields ;)

Well, that's me in a rather chunky nutshell. Enter your email address to keep up with projects I work on.