Foremost filmmaker, cultural worker and Managing Director of Brickwall Communications Limited is without a doubt one of the leading figures of the Nigerian motion picture industry. The documentarist and strong advocate for a virile motion picture industry is undoubtedly one practitioner who is genuinely and tenaciously devoted to the filmmaking vocation. Not only is he roundly respected and not only has his approval rating as a filmmaker and movie aficionado remain sky high but Mahmood is considered a major force whose views and positions cannot be ignored. Born Mahmood Abayomi to parents whom he said instilled in him the zeal to always make a difference, Mahmood, a former President of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), former Vice President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN) and founding member of the Conference of Motion Picture Practitioners of Nigeria (CMPPN) was raised in the north where he also had his early education.
A dramatic arts major with specialization in film and television production from the University of Ife, Mahmood worked briefly at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) before moving on to set up Brickwall Communications, an outfit that has produced commercials, documentaries and films for some A-list corporate organizations. Director of the Mnet short film A Place Called Home and a resource person to a number of training institution within and outside Nigeria, Mahmood who is regular at some of the worlds prestigious international film festivals is reputed to be a pro-active participant in the Nigerian motion picture industry.
To say that he is actively involved in getting the Nigerian motion picture industry professionally organized is to be stating the obvious. Mahmood who produced a Yoruba home movie Temi ni Toto in the 90’s and has just wrapped up shoot on a big budget celluloid film ‘Tango with Me’ is roundly celebrated for exuding a reputation that is anchored on unparalleled professionalism.