Hamisha Daryani Ahuja

Founder, Forever 7 Entertainment

Hamisha founded the company Forever 7 Entertainment, a Production company that deals in film  making and content development in both the Nollywood and the Bollywood industries. She is the  Executive Producer and Director on her first feature film ‘Namaste Wahala’ which released globally on  Netflix on February 14th, 2021. The movie charted in the top ten worldwide. and was the first  Nollywood movie to chart in the big subscriber markets like the U.K., U.S.A, and India. It also  trended in the top ten for over a month in Nigeria She was also nominated as Best Director in the  AMVCA 2022. 

She is currently working on her next big project working with some of the top actors and comedians out  of Nigeria and creating an entertainment piece that will yet again bring two of the biggest movie  industries together. This time she will be taking Nollywood to India.  

Hamisha started her speaking business in 2017. In a short while she has had the honor of being invited  to work with various prestigious organizations such as Coca Cola, the Young President’s Organization,  the Entrepreneurs Network U.K, Miss Nigeria Finalists, and The Big Brother Naija housemates where she  coached the candidates on live television. She has also spoken on major stages such as WIMBIZ’s  Annual Conference, which is the largest women’s gathering in Africa. 

She also founded Bistro 7 a chain of restaurants in Lagos in 2012. She ran the award-winning establishment for seven years. It was successfully acquired in January 2019 by Chocolate City Group. She  is now a shareholder of the newly formed company and serves on their board. 

She has a commerce honors degree from McMaster University in Canada, a Postgraduate in Hospitality  from Glion in Switzerland, and an acting certificate from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New  York.  

Hamisha has featured on many prestigious publications such as Oprah Daily, Cosmopolitan, CNBC Africa,  CNN, Forbes, The IMF, Reuters, BBC News, and GQ.

12:50 - 13:30

Day 2

Panel: Amplifying African Genius

CE/Entertainment | Creative Economy Stage

Spotlighting how technology and the internet is connecting global audiences to Nigerian talent across music, film, and animation.