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Ashionye Ogene | Prince William Scholarship

Ashionye Ogene | Prince William Scholarship

Ashionye Ogene is a creative producer. She is awarded a BAFTA Prince William scholarship to support an MA in Producing at National Film and Television School.

To be a BAFTA scholar at the National film and Television School is an honour. Stories and people are two things that I have always been passionate about in life. Transitioning into fiction is a return to my artistic roots and this BAFTA scholarship will help me to acquire the skills I need to retrain and successfully develop, finance and produce feature film and high end TV drama. I’m extremely excited about having my first mentor and accessing BAFTA events and spaces. The COVID19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis impacted my life severely. I would be unable to complete my studies without this funding. There has never been a better time to tell our stories in the world and I’m grateful to BAFTA for supporting mine.

Born in Shoreditch East London, to working class Nigerian and Jamaican parents and raised in Redbridge, Essex, she has lived and worked across the UK, North and South America, Africa and the Middle East as a journalist, producer and executive producer for major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, ITN and Sky among others.

In 2022 Ashionye’s work with colleagues at Channel 4 News was nominated for a BAFTA and her documentary on an environmental crisis unfolding in Ghana aired on Channel 4’s acclaimed series Unreported World. 

Her storytelling is inspired by a curiosity about the world and the diverse lives and experiences of the people in it. She wants to enable creatives from all walks of life to tell stories that give us windows into other worlds and produce content that makes people feel seen.