About Emmanuel

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

Chukwuemeka-Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe was born at the City of London Hospital in Hanley Road, Haringey on December 20, 1978. He is the eldest of three sons born to Ngozi-Amaru and Chukwuemeka-Chris Anyiam-Osigwe. Anyiam-Osigwe is a relative of the notable Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe family in Nkwerre, Imo State. He attended Holloway Secondary Boys School (now known as Beacon High) whose notable alumni include footballers Charlie George and Jay Bothroyd, and also MC Bushkin & DJ Fonti, who went onto form UK garage group Heartless Crew. He has an honours degree in Media Arts with Video Production from the University of West London[4]. He also spent his time on campus presenting a student radio show with Neil Oyenekan who has since carved out a successful broadcast media career in Nigeria. Anyiam-Osigwe was also acting head of the African-Caribbean Society Student Union and staged several high-profile events which attracted the likes of Omar Lye-Fook MBE & Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE.



Having attended the Black Filmmaker Magazine international film festival in previous years, Anyiam-Osigwe applied for a summer job with the magazine in 2002. He was hired by Menelik Shabazz, founder of the magazine and prominent Black British director of the movie Burning an Illusion. Working from its Blackhorse Road offices in East London, Anyiam-Osigwe’s brief covered the magazine and the film festival, reporting both to Shabazz and Charles Thompson MBE, co-director of the BFM iff. In 2003, Anyiam-Osigwe became festival co-ordinator and programmed the 14-day film festival and seminars – the biggest event in its history. American actor and film director Tim Reid was in attendance for the festival for the UK premiere of his movie For Real.



In 2004, Anyiam-Osigwe joined the Screennation team – reporting solely to Charles Thompson who had left BFM the year before to set up the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards. Working from offices in Ladbroke Grove, West London, Anyiam-Osigwe’s brief covered the newly established West African film categories and was commissioned to produce a nominations programme (Best From The West) which aired on BEN Television. The 2004 ceremony was staged at London’s Sheraton hotel in Park Lane with actor Danny Glover in attendance to receive his honorary award.



Anyiam-Osigwe founded the British Urban Film Festival, a self-funded organisation set up in 2005 in the absence of state-sponsored Black and Minority ethnic film provision. Colloquially known as BUFF, the platform – supported by Black British filmmakers and actors – was inspired by the Prince’s Trust Urban Music Festival and provided a showcase for creatives which, according to Film London was ‘an important and emerging genre which is not otherwise seen regularly in the capital’s cinemas’. The debut launch took place on 13 December 2005 at ITV’s London Television Centre (aka the London Studios ) on the South Bank. Notable VIP’s in attendance included Kele Le Roc and Lisa Maffia. In 2015 the British Urban Film Festival awards ceremony, also known as the BUFF awards, was launched to recognise and honour black and urban independent talent synonymous with the film festival. The maiden ceremony (hosted by Abrantee Boateng & Larushka Ivan-Zadeh) took place at the Cinema Museum (London) in Kennington on 17 September and was attended by Omar, Ellen Thomas (actress), Terri Walker and Rain Pryor, daughter of American actor and comedian Richard Pryor[5]. Pryor was the inaugural recipient of the British Urban Film Festival honorary award. In later years, recipients of the honorary award included actor Wil Johnson, Ashley Walters (actor), writer/director Amma Asante & actor/director Noel Clarke. In October 2020, the film festival was added to the Section B list of qualifying film festivals by BAFTA for British Short Films. 



Anyiam-Osigwe has written numerous articles on film for Black Filmmaker Magazine and The TV Collective (founded by Simone Pennant MBE)[6]. Anyiam-Osigwe has also written for The Voice (British newspaper), the long running British national Afro-Caribbean newspaper operating in the United Kingdom. His obituary[7] of Victor Adebodun, an award-winning Black British producer and director (first published in April 2018) made national and international media headlines in the wake of George Floyd’s death in June 2020.



Anyiam-Osigwe has produced and curated film programming for several broadcasters including Channel 4, Community Channel (UK) (now Together TV) and London Live (TV channel). 

Anyiam-Osigwe was appointed as the regular film presenter for Colourful Radio in 2017[8]. The flagship 60 minute programme ‘Meet The Critics’ was first broadcast on Friday 2 June and featured a discussion on the legacy of film director Spike Lee. Other topics covered during its run included the legacies of Ashley Walters, Denzel Washington, Amma Asante and Netflix. The programme also covered the BAFTA film awards. In February 2018, Anyiam-Osigwe anchored live coverage of the European premiere of Black Panther in London – securing interviews with agent Femi Oguns MBE plus key cast and crew including producers Nate Moore and Victoria Alonso and actors Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright and Andy Serkis. 

In January 2018, Anyiam-Osigwe first appeared as a regular film expert on Sky News to discuss the Golden Globe Awards in the wake of a notable speech given by Oprah Winfrey hours after she received the Cecil B. DeMille award. Other topics covered on-air have included the launch of the UK Government’s Film & TV Covid Insurance scheme, the theatrical release of Tenetand the deaths of Sir Sean Connery and Chadwick Boseman[9]. Anyiam-Osigwe has been a frequent guest on Local BBC Radio and has also been booked by LBC, BBC Radio 1Xtra[10]and Capital Xtra. 

In February 2019, Anyiam-Osigwe was hired by Channels TV to run its London bureau. His first brief was to cover the 2019 Nigerian general election. He was instrumental in securing journalists including Joyce Ohajah and Juliana Olayinka to front its international news bulletins.



Anyiam-Osigwe co-founded BUFF Originals in February 2018, launched to act as the production and distribution arm of the British Urban Film Festival[11]. His debut feature as producer was No Shade, a Black British romantic drama which centres around the issue of colourism[12]. The film was first screened in Cannes in May 2018 and released in UK cinemas in November 2018, making director Clare Anyiam-Osigwe (his wife) the 6th Black British female director to secure theatrical distribution in over 120 years[13]. The film has screened at numerous film festivals across London, the United States, Brazil and the Netherlands and has won several prizes, including best film by an African abroad (for Clare Anyiam-Osigwe) at the African Movie Academy Awards in December 2020. 

In July 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, Anyiam-Osigwe announced voluntarily that he was to part finance 23 Black British filmmakers, using funds from his own pocket to support crowdfunded projects at various stages of production. 



As of July 2021, Emmanuel has distributed over 150 movies and is an approved Apple TV aggregator for U.K., USA, South Africa and Canada.