Nii Kwate Owoo

Nii Kwate Owoo

Nii Kwate Owoo is a Ghanaian academic and filmmaker, described by Variety as "one of the first Ghanaians to lense in 35mm".His name has also appeared in film credits as Kwate Nee-Owoo


28 June 1944


Nii Kwate Owoo was born on 1944


02 July 1968


After receiving his education at the Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, Ghana, Owoo moved to the UK to pursue his studies in direction, camerawork, and editing at the London Film School (1968–1971) and the Isleworth Polytechnic in London.


Documentary 1970
01 July 1970

Documentary 1970

The 1970 documentary You Hide Me, filmed in England, exposes the theft and concealment of rare African art in the British Museum's basement. Owoo advocates for their return to their origin.


27 June 1978

Managing Editor

In addition to founding and leading the Media Research Unit at the Institute of African Studies (University of Ghana) from 1978 to 2002, Owoo served as managing editor of Ecrans d'Afrique, the Pan-African Federation of Film Producers, from 1993 to 1995.


16 July 1991


The 1991 film Ama: An African Voyage of Discovery, which Owoo co-directed with Kwesi Owusu for Channel 4 television, featured Thomas Baptiste, Anima Misa, Roger Griffiths, Joy Elias-Rilwan, Georgina Ackerman, Eddie Tagoe, Pitika Ntuli, the Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble, and the Pan-African Orchestra, in addition to other notable actors.


04 July 2023



Women of Substance (documentary, African Women's Development Fund, 2002)

Music and Vision: Kwabena Nketia (documentary, International African Music and Research Center, 1998)

Treat with Contempt (documentary, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, 1998)

Ama: An African Voyage of Discovery (feature film, co-directed with Kwesi Owusu, Channel 4/Artificial Eye, 1991, 100 mins)

Ouaga: African Cinema Now! (documentary, co-directed with Kwesi Owusu, Channel 4, 1987)

Gold - the Traditional Lost Wax Process (1980)

Okyeame Akuffo: State Linguist (documentary, 1978)

The Struggle for a Free Zimbabwe (documentary, Europe Africa Research Project, 1974)

You Hide Me (documentary, Ifriqyah Films, 1971)

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