Ineye Johnny Dudafa (Executive Director) is a native of Ayibabiri town in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
He attended Group School Opokuma and Government Secondary School Kaiama. Dudafa holds a certificate in Theatre Arts, Bachelor of Arts (B.A (hons) in Theatre Arts and a Masters degree also in Theater Arts from the University of Port Harcourt. His area of specialization is Acting, Directing Films Studies.
Dudafa’s academic works include “Agony of the Niger Delta”, a documentary film on the problems of oil producing communities of the Niger Delta. Presented to the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Portharcourt for the award of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A (hons) 1998 and “The Oil Politics of Peremabiri in Bayelsa State” presented to the School of Graduate Studies University of Port Harcourt for the award of a Masters degree in 2004.
Dudafa was employed by the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture in 1985. He rose through the rank and held various positions such as Head of Variety, Head of Drama. Following the creation of Bayelsa State in 1996, Dudafa moved over to Bayelsa State where he held the positions of Head of Performing Arts Division, Head of Theatre Management Division, Acting Executive Director before his present appointment as substantial Executive Director.
Mr. Dudafa has taken part in many play productions, some of the plays include Kurunmi by Ola Rotimi, where he played the role of Kurunmi, Gods are not to blame also by Ola Rotimi where he played the role of Odewale. All directed by Rotimi him self. Others are Odum-Egege by M. Minima where he played the role of king Jaja of Opobo, Rasheed Gbadamosi’s Behold my Redeemer where he played the role of Prof. Ilori Isiburu by Capt. Elechi Amadi where he played Isiburu and many more. He has also directed many plays on stage including “Mangrove in the Desert” which is written by him and was presented to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on his maiden visit to Bayelsa State as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2001. This production was transmitted live globally by the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
Mr. Dudafa has acted in many films. Some of them include King Jaja of Opobo, Hidden Affairs, Tari which won the Best indigenous film in the 2006 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Amalagha, Egere, Inside Afica and more. He was the Assistant Director that led the Bayelsa State troup to Algiers, Algeria for the Second Pan African Cultural Festival in 2009. Ineye Johnny Dudafa is a member of the following professional bodies. The Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN).