Play Network Studios Names Arafat Bello-Osagie as New CEO

The Story

Taking on her new role, Bello-Osagie will be responsible for managing both the executive and creative aspects of Play Network Studios.

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Arafat Bello-Osagie, a UK-trained Nigerian lawyer with expertise in corporate legal strategy and brand differentiation, steps into the role of Chief Executive Officer at Play Network Studios. In her new capacity, she will oversee both executive and creative affairs, drawing on her track record of diligent project execution and valuable advisory on mergers and acquisitions. Bello-Osagie’s leadership promises to seamlessly align with the company’s innovative project execution style, as recognized by the Board of Directors.

Bello-Osagie’s contributions as Head of Strategy and Operations at Play Network underscore her commitment to the company’s goals. From spearheading story development and production to championing gender inclusion, her influence extends across borders with notable projects like ‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘Skeleton Coast’. Her appointment signals a strategic move towards furthering Play Network Studios’ creative vision while maintaining a focus on impactful storytelling and inclusive representation.

Key Background

Play Network Studios, a subsidiary of Play Network Africa, emerged as a prominent player in the entertainment, events, and hospitality sectors following its inception in 2007.

Transitioning into film production, the media conglomerate made waves with the release of “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free,” a modern reinterpretation of the iconic 1992 drama thriller.

Building on this success, Play Network Studios embarked on remaking several classic Nollywood pieces, including beloved titles such as “Aki and Pawpaw,” “RattleSnake: The Ahanna Story,” and “Nneka the Pretty Serpent.”

These endeavours solidified Play Network Studios’ position as a leading force in Nigeria’s burgeoning film industry, with plans for further expansion and innovation in the pipeline.


Among the trail-blazing production companies based in Nigeria, Play Network Studios stands out, particularly with the recent appointment of Arafat Bello-Osagie as its new CEO.

Under Bello-Osagie’s leadership, the studio is poised to continue its tradition of reviving classic Nollywood tales, such as “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free” and “RattleSnake: The Ahanna Story,” captivating audiences with each reimagination.

 The studio has announced the development of titles that are helm retelling of historical events like the Igbo Landing tragedy to biopics chronicling figures like King Jaja of Opobo, the studio’s commitment to authenticity and cultural significance remains unwavering. Additionally, ventures into uncharted territories, such as the upcoming “Hijack ’93: The MAD Men & the Aircraft,” showcase a bold approach to storytelling that resonates both locally and globally.

In Summary 

With this new leadership, one expects the output of the studio to increase, get improved public appeal and perhaps rejig its offering based on market economics that charts the studio to more profitability.

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