Branwen Okpako


branwen okpako

Occupation Director, Screenwriter
Curator Imitations of Life
Born in
Lagos, Nigeria
Has lived in
Nigeria, England, Germany

Short Biography

Branwen Okpako, daughter of a pharmacologist and librarian, was born on February 25, 1969 in Lagos, Nigeria. At the age of 16, she moved to Wales and studied Political Science in Bristol, England. In 1991 she moved to Germany, where she continued her studies at the Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. For her final project, the documentary film 'Dirt for Dinner' (2000), she was awarded the First Steps Award for emerging filmmakers. Okpakos works as a screenwriter and director include a multitude of short films, such as: "Probe" (1992, with Karoline Eichhorn and Benno Fürmann) and the made-for-television film "Tal der Ahnungslosen" (2003, with Angelica Domröse). Her award-winning documentary 'The Education of Auma Obama' (2011) is a portrait of the sociologist, author, filmmaker and scholar of German studies Auma Obama, sister to the President of the United States of America Barack Obama.