24-year-old ThankGod Omori who hails from Cross Rivers state took the Nigerian entertainment scene by surprise in 2019.
TG Omori started directing videos professionally in 2015. He had started trying out directing three years earlier.
The self-taught video director believes he stands out because of his crazy art direction.
The first TG Omori video I watched was probably Tolani’s No Yawa released in 2017 and that in itself was impressive.
From trying to become a professional actor while studying Performing Arts at PEFTI film school, TG Omori has now grown to become of Nigeria’s best video directors.
TG Omori credits Rudeboy of the defunct P-Square for giving him his first big break in 2018 with the IFai video which was shot in Seychelles.
However, TG recognizes that Naira Marley’s Am I A Yahoo Boy video was what actually caught the attention of most industry observers.
For TG Omori, paying attention to details, character positioning and embracing the art and craft of making videos is all that really matters. “A camera is a stupid tool, art direction is what matters most,” TG Omori explained during an interview with Wazobia TV.
TG Omori is always ready to go. For Olamide’s Torori video, TG Omori recalls Olamide briefed him about the shoot for the first time by 2:00 pm of the same day. By 8:00 pm, TG Omori was already shooting what later became a hit.
“Being a director doesn’t mean I should look tattered and dirty,” TG Omori once said in defense of his stylish looks.
Here are 15 videos that prove that TG Omori was the best music video director in Nigeria all through 2019.
After battling health issues for months, Tekno needed to come back with a bang and he attempted that with the Zlatan assisted single, Agege.
The video shoot for the song led to some controversies as TG Omori and Tekno had scantily-clad girls twerking in a see-through van which drove around the Lekki axis of Lagos.
The matter eventually amounted to a police case for Tekno but the end product of that shoot was a solid video by TG Omori.
2.) Am I A Yahoo Boy
Yet another controversial video by TG Omori. When Naira Marley had a little social media squabble earlier in the year with Simi and Ruggedman about internet fraudsters, no one knew it would lead to a hit single.
Naira Marley went into the studio and recorded a song that defined the rest of his year. The song even got more attention when the very colorful and daring video shot by TG was released. In the video, Naira Marley was arrested and released by the Police on suspicions of being an internet fraudster.
Little did we know that the video was a prophecy. A few days later, Naira Marley, Zlatan (featured on the song), Guccy Branch, Rahman Jago and Biesloaded were also arrested.
With that arrest, a new year began for Naira Marley.
Who else can build the famous Who Wants To Be A Millionaire set from scratch and bring back the charismatic host, Frank Edoho back on screen? It had to be TG Omori.
The re-enactment of a show we all watched growing up as Who Wants To Be A Billionaire was the perfect propelling force for Teni’s hit, Billionaire.
Pulling in the crazy Broda Shaggi for the lifeline session of the show was also a genius move by TG Omori. The video brought back nostalgia and smiles to a lot of faces.
DJ Spinall doesn’t joke with his visuals. When he joined forces with Reminisce on Edi, he probably knew TG Omori was the best man to bring the song to life.
TG came true and gave us a colorful and fun ghetto video.
5.) Kpo Kpo Didi
Victor AD’s ‘Kpo Kpo Didi’ is an underrated song but you can’t but give credit to the thinking behind the video. A favorite scene in the video is that of the singer standing on a car in the midst of a Lagos Island crowd.
Looked like a scene from Chuddy K’s Gaga Crazy.
Young men dancing with crates, ghetto-living, and women in wrappers, blouses, and sneakers are some of the highlights from the video of King Perry’s ‘Murder’ which features Teni.
TG loves to embrace his roots.
7.) Shut Up
A dramatic rapper deserves a dramatic video and that’s what TG Omori achieved with the video for Blaqbonez’ ‘Shut Up’.
What’s more dramatic than armed men dressed in wedding gowns and riding on bikes?
TG has some crazy thoughts going for him!
When the entertainer himself suddenly claims to be shy, it is hard to visually represent that. How TG Omori was able to pull off such amazing visuals for D’banj remains a wonder.
Still, in a bid to bounce back to mainstream balance, Tekno released a song so similar to Davido’s 2013 hit, Skelewu. If two songs sound so familiar, it is only fair that the visuals are clearly distinct.
TG Omori went hard and gave us a colorful video filled with a lot of dance moves; just how Tekno likes it.
Not so long after leaving EFCC custody, Naira Marley released a controversial song that eventually became very popular, especially among youths, Soapy.
People wondered what the song which is majorly about masturbation in prisons will be portrayed visually. Once again, TG Omori came through and allayed the fears of everyone.
He recreated the viral mugshot of Naira Marley and friends while portraying their time in detention. The result? A masterpiece that has been watched on YouTube millions of times.
11.) 2 Stoopid
2 Stoopid is not the first song on which Timaya will hardly say anything. Just a very dope beat and scanty lyrics often need dope visuals.
TG came through once again. Some of the scenes looked similar to some scenes on King Perryy’s Murder, however.
Tekno’s Suru is a bonafide hit. It reminds you of Dr. SID’s Surulere and Wizkid’s Ojuelegba at the same time. What this song has over those two is a much more improved video.
The opening sequence of the video reminded me of General Pype’s carnival-like video for Champion. The rest of the video just defines TG’s year; sheer brilliance and hard work.
Which other directors can get a first-time brief for a video and is shooting the same video six hours later? TG Omori’s work ethics is taking him places.
No one asked for it when Olamide, Wizkid, and iconic producer, ID Cabasa teamed up to deliver a hit in Totori.
TG Omori definitely impressed Wizkid and Olamide with how fast he could come up with something really special. The fans loved it too.
14.) Queen Sheba
After Mars and Barzini went their separate ways, the former went on to drop an EP, King Solo.
The first single off that album was Queen Sheba and TG Omori was the man saddled with the task of bringing to life visually.
A very colorful and romantic video is the result of that collaboration.
15.) Zanku Riddim
Trust DJ Xclusive to jump on trends. To tap into the entire Zanku and legwork fame, he released a track that had some heavy and danceable beats.
While the song was gaining momentum on the streets, Xclusive went on to shoot a video that featured celebrated dancer, Poco Lee.
The dance video was well done by TG Omori but it also looked like some scenes were adopted from both King Perryy’s Murder and Timaya’s 2Stoopid.
What’s your favorite 2019 video from TG Omori?