Kemi Lala Akindoju fondly called “Lala” is a fast rising actor, drama instructor, casting director and producer. She grew up in Lagos and started acting professionally in 2005. She has since featured in over 70 stage and film productions around the world. She was announced Actor of the Year at The Future Awards 2010 and was also nominated for the same award in 2012. She holds a Masters Degree in Media and Communication from the Pan-African University. Lala was part of the team of actors selected to perform at the Theatre Royale Stratford East as part of the cultural events at the cultural Olympiad during the London 2012 Olympics. She is a member of the faculty at the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), where she functions as a facilitator and teaches improvisation drama.
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With resounding experience as an actor, and a growing experience as a director and producer; Lala now runs The Make It Happen Productions which is a production company targeted at telling African stories through all mediums; especially film, television and stage.
She produced The V-Monologues in May 2013, worked as the casting director and associate producer with Ndani TV for ‘Gidi Up’ and played the lead role in Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling Mirage.
Lala is the convener of Open Mic Theatre, a hub for actors to bond and network and a one-stop shop for fresh talent. She is also passionate about changing the world and has become a global shaper with the World Economic Forum. She has since been selected to attend the summits in Addis-Ababa and Davos and the US.