Boma Iluma grew up between Abuja, Nigeria, and Atlanta, Georgia; he has strong emotional and familial connections to both places, communities, and histories. Through acting in commercials (Cartoon Network; the NBA) and acting on the Atlanta theater scene, he cultivated his interest in filmmaking and began directing.
His directorial debut – visual art piece Negus – foregrounds how Blackness in America involves being actively unseen and violently misunderstood. It premiered in Los Angeles art circles in 2019. He then directed Heirs for Nike’s Air Jordan –– a diverse, Generation Z reimagining of the brand. The piece premiered in 2020 at New York Fashion Week and was showcased at Jumpman, LA.
His narrative short film, Comfort, which was selected in Hillman Grad’s Rising Voices initiative, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2021 and was acquired by Amazon Prime Video for distribution. He was subsequently handpicked by Roman Coppola to write and direct a segment in The Seven Faces of Jane, an innovative feature weaving together eight different 8 to 12-minute narrative short films. The Nigerian-raised filmmaker has since moved into branded content and commercials, collaborating with brands such as Oakley, The New Yorker, Jeep, Ford, Nissan, and more.
In Summer of 2022, Boma made his episodic Television debut on Showtime's The Chi Season 5 Episode 5. Subsequently, his short film Comfort screened at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art's +234 Connect Exhibition, a celebration of Nigerian art and filmmaking. He recently directed the music video for the global hit KU LO SA by Oxlade & Camila Cabello.
Boma is now developing his own feature and Television projects.