Ani James

Creative Director/CEO

Anietie James Ekiko, known professionally as AJE, is a Nigerian cinematographer, executive producer, director and Founder of AJE Filmworks Limited. He is one of the most sought-after visual directors in the entertainment industry, known for rapture-inspiring narrative style, a penchant for details and reverence for the art.

AJE has been at the helm of several note-worthy productions, like commercials for the Purple campaign, on 50/50 World and Premium Pension TV commercial for YellowBrick road. His extensive resume includes a documentary for alcoholic beverage, Orijin titled “A day in the life of Reminisce,” a commercial for Uber, as well as several brands.

AJE has directed several many music videos for stellar artistes such as Davido, Kiss Daniel, Patoranking, Waje, Ice Prince, Brymo, Saucekid, Adekunle Gold, Sugarboy, Tekno, Korede Bello, Rayce, Iyanya, KC, Falz the Bahdguy, SolidStarr, Omawunmi, Skalez, Sean Tizzle, Durella, Zone Fam, DJ Spinal and many more.

He has won several awards, being nominated and recognized nationally and internationally. AJE was among the nominees for the Music Video Director of the Year at the 2019 Stars Of Naija Awards for Madu by Kizz Daniel. He was also nominated in the Best Music Video category, with Ire by Adekunle Gold, during the 13th Headies award in 2019. However, an abridged summary of his awards scorecard reads:
– 2012 Nigerian Music Video Awards – Jeffery’s “Tona Tona” best R&B & Best New video director.
– 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards – Most Gifted Afro Pop video of the Year “Ara” Brymo.
– 2013 Most Gifted Duo, Group video Zone Fam East Africa.
– 2014 NMVA – Best Highlife video “Ogadima” KC,
– 2016 Beats Awards – Best music video director – Winner.

As one who aspires greatly to the promotion of culture and art, and one of those who are not afraid to blaze a new trail, AJE recently ventured into the movie space, debuting as Director of Photography for “Bad Comment,” a blockbuster from Nollywood. He also headed the post-production/colour grading of AY’s “Merry Men 2” which grossed N36.89 million in its first weekend in December 2019.

Ani James is a Brand ambassador for the ‘Never Stop, Never settle’ Campaign by Hennessey, alongside the likes of American rapper Nas, and singer Erykah Badu.