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Gog’Helen: In this local action comedy a young woman unwittingly throws out her grandmother's mattress, unaware that it contains her life savings. The two must now go on a desperate search to find the mattress, while pursued by scoundrels who want the granddaughter back at work as a prostitute.

Adze Ugah’s foray into the film making began after obtaining a Diploma in Motion Picture Production at the National Film Institute, Jos, Nigeria and then an Honours degree in Motion Picture Medium from the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, AFDA, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has directed several television drama series for both the South African Broadcasting Corporation and DSTV cable TV platforms, with directing credits on dramas such as Shaka ilembe, Nqobile, House Of Zwide, Zone 14, Isibaya, Jacob’s Cross, Society, Skwizas, Room 9, My perfect Family, Tshisa III, Mfolozi Street, to mention a few. Adze Ugah is also one of the episode directors of Shaka iLembe, produced by the Bomb Shelter for Mnet. In 2010 his documentary feature, The Burning Man, was awarded 4 Golden horn awards under the auspices of the South African film and Television awards, commonly referred to as the (SAFTAS)

His first feature film GoG Helen, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, Adze Ugah was awarded the Golden Horn at the SAFTAS for Best Directing on the Mzanzi Magic daily drama, Isibaya, produced by the Bomb Shelter Film and Television Company. Mrs. Right Guy, a romantic comedy he directed, under the NFVF slate films, was the second highest grossing local South African film in 2016. His follow up film Looking for love, was also a smash hit in cinemas in 2017. In 2017, Adze Ugah directed Ten Days In Sun City, a coproduction project between Corporate World Entertainment and S.A. tourism, geared towards marketing and promoting South African tourist destinations to the West African region. The film emerged on the top 10 list of highest grossing films of the decade in the West African region. His filmography includes acquisitions for Amazon Prime Video such as Rage of a lioness, Pride of a Lioness, Lilith and Eve. The Netflix acquisitions such as Slay, All about love and the recently concluded Netflix Original, Jewel. Adze Ugah has served in various film training and skill transfer capacities such as The National Film and Video Foundation, Youth Film Makers project as a Directing Mentor and the Durban International Film Festival talent campus. He has been a visiting lecturer at WITS drama school, Tshwane University of Technology, Film/drama department, University of Johannesburg, film faculty and the South African school of Motion Picture Medium and Live performance. Adze Ugah has also served in various adjudicating capacities such as The MUSE awards for the Writers Guild of South Africa, the Africa Magic Viewer’s choice awards, The Royalty Soapie awards and the Baka Forum Documentary film festival in Germany.