Remi Vaughan-Richards

Remi Vaughan-Richards: Unraveling The Filmmaking Journey

Remi Vaughan-Richards is a talented Nigerian filmmaker known for her contributions to the world of cinema. With an extensive background in filmmaking and a strong commitment to preserving history, her journey is a captivating one. Let’s delve into her life, education, and notable achievements.

Personal Stats

Full NameRemi Vaughan-Richards
Date of BirthN/B
ParentsFather: Alan Richards (British architect), Mother: Ayo Vaughan (nurse educator)
Alma MaterKingston University, Royal College of Art in London

Early Life And Education

Born in Nigeria, Remi Vaughan-Richards is one of four children of British architect Alan Richards and Ayo Vaughan, a nurse educator. Ayo Vaughan’s legacy includes creating the Lagos State School of Nursing and being part of a prominent Lagos family with roots tracing back to the 19th-century American artisan Scipio Vaughan. The family used the hyphenated surname Vaughan-Richards. Remi’s maternal great-grandfather is the Lagos aristocrat Taiwo Olowo.

Remi Vaughan-Richards pursued her education at Kingston University and later at the Royal College of Art in London.

Career Highlights

Remi Vaughan-Richards embarked on her filmmaking journey by starting in the art department of the film industry. Her early work included involvement in films like “Judge Dredd” (1995) and “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999).

In 2020, she completed the documentary “The Lost Legacy of Bida Bikini,” which is now a permanent feature on the British Museum website. Her extensive body of work includes projects like “Wetin Dey” for the BBC World Service Trust, “Laraba’s World” for MoFilm (UK)/Unilever, “One Small Step,” and the “Hidden Treasures” series, which explores the first wave of contemporary Western trained artists in Nigeria. Her contributions to the industry led to her being recognized in Pulse magazine’s list of “9 Nigerian female movie directors you should know” in Nollywood.

Vaughan-Richards dedicated six years to create “Faaji Agba” (2016), a full-length documentary that delves into the history of Lagos’s music scene as narrated by older musicians gathered by record store owner Kunle Tejuoso. She is the creative director at her production company, Singing Tree Films. Her film “Unspoken” was selected to appear at the 6th Annual Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Lagos in November 2016. In 2019, she was featured in the “Polaris” catalog produced by Visual Collaborative, alongside other practitioners from around the world.

Personal Life And Heritage

Remi Vaughan-Richards resides in the Alan Vaughan-Richards House in Lagos, a house designed by her father, Alan. She has actively participated in preserving the house and her father’s papers, showing her commitment to historic architecture in Lagos. Her diverse heritage includes Yoruba, British, and Catawba roots.


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