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Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade born from the cross- cultural union between a Trinidadian mother and Nigerian father began his technical career in computer graphics in Lagos, Nigeria. His interest in still art and photography stimulated by a Bachelor of Technology degree in Industrial Design (Graphics) obtained at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology Bauchi, Nigeria (1997-2001), further developed a curiosity in ‘moving pictures’, thus, his interest in film. As such, pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, where he excelled in courses such as editing, photography, cinematography and documentary making.  He has directed and produced five short films and one feature – A documentary entitled Bottom in De Road (2015), The Madonna Murti (2013), a feature documentary, an investigative documentary entitled Who Let the Dogs Out (2008), an animated narrative film Suck Meh Soucouyant, Suck Meh (2009), Shouters and the Control Freak Empire (2010), a documentary that was screened at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Vancouver, Washington in August 2011. Oyetayo’s choice in subject matter for his documentary films is fed by the duality that is a result of his cross-cultural heritage and the rich intercultural experiences nourished by both his mother’s land and his father’s heart. Oyetayo, who grew up with his parents in Nigeria where his father Professor J. Olowo Ojoade has been a lecturer in the University of Jos since 1972 and Professor of African folklore there from 1981 to the present, has inherited from his father an interest in a rich social and cultural heritage and Oyetayo seeks to preserve this through audio-visual means, creating awareness where necessary of the social problems inherent in some areas. As a producer and editor, Oyetayo looks forward to developing his skills in the field of documentary making in Trinidad and Tobago. Ojoade’s latest film Bottom in De Road came about as a result of his cross-cultural background again. Living in Nigeria for the most part of his life he was accustomed seeing women dressing more conservatively. Most times they would wear loose clothing that covered their backsides. Occasionally one might see a university student wearing tight fitting jeans. In some places she went she would get harassed. Moving to Trinidad as an adult Oyetayo noticed ladies and young girls wearing all sorts of clothing revealing their bottoms. Even though they were being teased by the opposite sex, Ojoade did not see it as being harassed. This was a bit of a culture shock to him. The name of the film is Bottom in De Road and it attempts to discover the understanding of:
  • The Caribbean man’s culture behind the female bottom
    o Bar mentality – After he drinks a beer and he looks at a female bottom.
  • The Caribbean man’ music behind the female bottom o Almost every Soca and Calypso Artist (male and female) sing about it.
  • The Caribbean scenery and the female bottom
    o The wonderful beaches in Trinidad. Most men go there to gape at the female bottom in a sexy bikini.
  • The Caribbean language relating to the fascination with the female bottom.
    o Some women like it when men call out to them when walking down the street dressing lovely especially if the women in question have big backsides oh Lord the back talk will be a lot. Caribbean women love to be independent. This is seen in the way they dress, the songs they sing esp. about their bottoms for example Denise Belfon and her bicycle wine, Alison Hinds and her song Roll it Gyal. It took Ojoade three years to produce this documentary. Initially he was distraught because no one wanted to commit to the project. Oyetayo was left to vend for himself. At a point he lost the trend of thought because Ojoade was listening to too many people and not himself. For a whole year he did not work on the edit. Oyetayo just made sure to attend all the social events where the female bottom was prominent. Events like Jouvert, Carnival, fetes, bars, social events on the treasure queen and market places. Ojoade took his time to compile all the footage over the years and in 2015 he put everything together. Festivals –
  • 2015 T&T Film Festival featured Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade – Documentary Bottom in De Road.
  • 2011 T&T Film Festival featured Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade – Documentary The Madonna Murti.
  • 2011 Best International Short Documentary – Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Vancouver Washington – Shouters and the “Control Freak” Empire.
  • 2010 T&T Film Festival featured Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade – Documentary Shouters and the “Control Freak” Empire.
  • 2009 T&T Film Festival featured Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade - Animated fictional film – Suck Meh Soucouyant Suck Meh
  • 2008 T&T Film Festival featured Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade - Documentary Who Let the Dogs Out?
Awards –
  • 2013 Indie Fest Film Awards – Award of Merit - Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade (Trinidad and Tobago), Madonna Murti, short documentary
  • 2012 Best Shorts Competition Award of Excellence - Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade (Trinidad and Tobago), Shouters and the “Control Freak” Empire short documentary
  • 2011 Best International Short Documentary – Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Vancouver Washington – Shouters and the “Control Freak” Empire.
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