Osahon means God hears my prayers in the Nigerian Edo language. Former linebacker from Georgia Tech (’06-’10) where he earned BS in Management. He holds an MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts with honors as well. Osahon Tongo is a Nigerian-American writer and director from Naperville, Illinois. He provides healing through art by developing empathy through nuanced storytelling and poetic cinema.
Tongo is a former ACC Champion football player at Georgia Tech, where he earned B.S. in Management. He is an activist for student-athlete rights and mental health awareness. He went on to work in digital marketing at CNN and Emory University before attending USC School of Cinematic Arts for his MFA. While at USC Tongo was an Annenberg Scholar and Phi Kappa Phi honor society award recipient along with being executive board of USComedians and many other accolades. Tongo has won numerous awards for the films he written and directed including ‘Happy Bird’ and ‘Full Ride - The Truth Behind College Football’. He has also sound designed an Academy Award nominated short film, ‘Drone.’ He served as the writer and producer for the award winning short film ‘Iman and The Light Warriors’ He has co-written a feature film adaptation of James Franco’s book, ‘Actors Anonymous’ starring Eric Roberts, James Franco, and Horatio Sanz.
Tongo is one of the inaugural Ryan Murphy Half Foundation Directing Mentees and has signed a writing deal to Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions for his second feature. He serves as a storytelling consultant for Georgia Tech Athletic Association.