Ishaya Bako was born on 30 December, 1986 in Kaduna. He is a Nigerian film director and screenwriter. Bako lived all his life and later moved to London, where he studied at the London Film School.
After attending the London Film School, Ishaya went on to script and direct the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)-winning Braids on a Bald Head. He won the Best Short Film Awards at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards. He is an emerging voice of his generation and a member of a select few Global Shapers, a collection of enterprising youths initiated by the World Economic Forum.
His film, Fueling Poverty, a documentary on poverty and fuel subsidy in Nigeria, is narrated by Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka. He lives in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria. His film; The Royal Hibiscus Hotel was screened at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.