Fidelis Duker is a native of Henshaw Town, Calabar in Cross Rivers State and one of Nigeria’s foremost filmmaker who has written, produced or directed over 100 different motion picture content in his over 25 years as a creative entrepreneur. Some of his award winning works include NOT MY WILL, SCANDALS, BLOOD BROTHERS, PURE LOVE, LONDON BLUES, SENSELESS, NEMESIS, GIRLS NEXT DOOR, IMAGES, ELDORADO, HOT PASSION, DOCTOR DEATH amongst several others.
He has a first degree in Mass Communication and then proceeded to earn an MBA in International Business from Crawford University Ogun State Nigeria. In 2015 he acquired a professional certificate in Film & Television and in 2016 in Intellectual Property both from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). A Former President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria and currently the Regional Secretary General of the Federation of Pan African Filmmakers (FEPACI).
A pioneer of the popular Nigerian Movie Industry called Nollywood with over 100 Feature films to his credit in his over 25 years of practice. He was elected Vice President of the AFRIFEST Steering Committee in April 2012 and via a change of leadership he became the President of the continental body for festivals in Africa on 13th of January 2013. He is the founder and Former Festival Director of the Abuja International Film Festival which is the longest running film festival in West Africa which has been on for 11 years.
He also founded the first film festival in Cross Rivers state called the Tinapa Film Festival and awards, which held in April 2007 as part of the opening of Tinapa Studios. The Film Festival and award has since been renamed the Calabar Film Festival and Awards.
He is also reservoir of classic materials and information on Nollywood, which include Posters, jackets and props dating back to over 25 years.
He is a member of the Directors Guild of Nigeria, Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and the Advertising practitioners council of Nigeria respectively.
Mr. Duker has made over 200 presentations at different local and international forum based on his in-depth knowledge of the global motion picture industry.
He is a consultant on Tourism and Culture to several state Governments, Federal Government including Ethiopia, Morocco, Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon and Gambia. He also recently consulted by UNESCO to select young female Africans for a cultural programme in Japan.
In 2015, he was awarded a Federal Government license to run a Private Radio Station in Calabar Cross River State and barely 4 years after the station has be adjudged the Next Rated Radio Station in Nigeria by the Nigeria Media Nite Out Awards in 2021. The Station has gone on to win the Best Station in Coverage of COVID19 and Malaria Issues by the USAID and the best Radio station in the South South at the South South Media Award 2020.
It is on record that in 2020 he was selected and honored amongst the 60 Outstanding Film practitioners in Nigeria by the Federal Government for his contributions to the development of Nigeria Film Industry in 60 years.
It is to his credit that as a filmmaker that several of the Nollywood Stars had their big break through some of his films, names like Uche Jombo, Bukkie wright, Desmond Elliot, Iyabo Ojo, Omoni Oboli, Rychado Agbor, Emeka amongst others.