By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Yinka Edward is not your average ‘star’.
And that is what makes this man so different. Clearly not a social media filmmaker, Mr Edward has worked his behind off in the past years and has contributed immensely to the making of some of the biggest movies in recent Nollywood history.
He shot Figurine, October 1, 76 and more.
He’s the guy behind the guys you swoon over, the guy that helps tell some of your favorite story, he is the guy.
Here’s a brief back story on the man who shot the figurine and now has one of the most sought after gold masks in the world.It all started over 15 years ago – According to his personal website, 15 years ago, Yinka Edward ‘held his first digital camera and was told to film his environment’.
There he fell in love and his passion for filmmaking grew. A passion that is now paying off and showing him to the rest of the world.
Then everyone wanted him – In 2007, Yinka Edward joined the team of BBC’s acclaimed series, ‘Wetin Dey’. From there, he headed to Namibia where he shot the country’s ‘first indigenous series’, Ties that bind.
Not one new to recognition – Yinka Edward’s works have been recognized many times in the past. He worked on Mark Kusare’s ’90 Degrees’ which won the Best Feature Film at the Zuma International Film Festival, worked on Kunle Afolayan’s figurine which won at the African Academy Movie Awards in 2010 for Best Cinematography and also October 1, a film that swept awards at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards.
Edward’s works are everywhere – From the small screen to the big screen, Yinka Edward’s works are literally everywhere.
He’s worked on Namibia’s ‘Ties That Bind’, MTV Shuga (2015) where he shot 6 episodes and has also worked on critically acclaimed movies like, Confusion na wa, Phone Swap, Alero’s Symphony and a lot more.
Clearly not one with plans to slow down anytime soon, Yinka Edward won his prestigious gold mask, a BAFTA at the 2017 BAFTA awards for his work on ‘A Love Story’.
And so, he may not be your average star, but Yinka Edward is and will always be one of the proudest moments in Nollywood history and one of Nigeria’s biggest achievements in a long time to come.