Photo provided by Sodienye Waboso Amajor
Photo provided by Sodienye Waboso Amajor


Artists of MNFF: Meet Sodienye Waboso Amajor

The Mighty Niagara Film Fest is again ready to set sail and explore the ever-expanding ocean of the moving image. The festival launches on August 16th, and continues until August 19th. It’s keenly focused on films made about, or in Niagara and by filmmakers with connections to the region. The festival uniquely makes space for the experimental and the extraordinary. For more information about the festival, click here. Here, we invite you to meet the artists of MNFF.

Meet Artist; Sodienye Waboso Amajor

Photo provided by Sodienye Waboso Amajor

Photo provided by Sodienye Waboso Amajor

Instagram: @sodiandtheboysEvent Details: The Film: Steadfast: The Messenger and the Message + Q&ADate and Time: August 17, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Venue: The Film House

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a Dora Nominated Actor, writer and performer of Nigerian descent who lives and works in Ontario. Previous acting credits include Puck in Shakespeare in Action’s adaptation of “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Memory in Theatre Directs “Binti’s Journey”*, Gigi in New Harlem’s production, “Gas girls”*, Beka in Volcano Theatre’s Africa Trilogy “ Shine your Eye”* Luminato, June 2010 reprising her role as Beka in a Canstage/ Volcano theatre’s production of “Another Africa ” Canstage 2011 and Harriet Tubman in “The Power Of Harriet T ” YPT 2013. Friend of Jean in “Steadfast: The Messenger and the Message” a film by Fahim Hamid Ali. Sodienye holds a master’s degree in Theatre and Performance studies from York University with a keen interest in progressive African Theories and their development.

What inspires you?

God, art, fashion, style, my children, my heritage, my father, and being an African woman.

Tell us the story behind how you got into your craft?

I danced Ballet for 12 years and then my dad got very sick and I lost a year. I simply diversified my mode of performance. I’m an Artist.
Photo provided by Sodienye Waboso Amajor

Photo provided by Sodienye Waboso Amajor

What drew you to participating in this specific piece of work?

I was Invited to perform in this film, previously and ignorantly I had no idea of the importance of this story or this woman Jean Augustine. I certainly didn’t learn about her in History class or Government class in my Canadian highschool, it’s evident we need a better curriculum, one that is at least reflective of the socio-cultural landscape.

What do you love most about MNFF?

It’s local, it’s inspired and it’s showcasing work of great importance whilst being fun and a good time.

What does 2023 hold for you?

This year, I will continue my academic pursuits at York University as I study towards a PhD in Theatre Dance and Performance Studies. Also, many, many great outfits and reflections on my personal style, travel, love…’s going to be a great rest of the year, God willing.

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