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Nigeria’s Yinka Edward Wins BAFTA

Nigerian filmmaker Yinka Edward on Sunday emerged winner of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) for ‘Best British Short Animation.’
                                                 Yinka Edward at BAFTA

He won the award based on his nomination as a co-director of photography of ‘A Love Story’, an animated movie which was a graduating project from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) where he bagged a Master degree in Film and Television, focusing on cinematography.

The movie which was directed by Anushka Kishanii Naanayaklara was nominated alongside two films – The Alan Dimension and Tough.

Already, congratulation messages have been flowing for the director who was recently on location in Ikeja, Lagos, as DOP of Kunle Afolayan’s new project, Roti.

Kemi Lala-Akindoju and Gideon Okeke were among the Nollywood actors that congratulated Edward, posting his picture with other BAFTA winners on Instagram.

‘Seeing Yinka Edward here made me smile this morning,’ wrote Akindoju on her Instagram page. ‘Congrats dear Yinka, we are proud of you and Nollywood celebrates you. Honoured to have been shot by you. The lesson here is to be consistent, to trust your journey and to stay on your lane.’

Also congratulating Edward was Okeke who also acknowledged the cinematographer’s role in his part in 93 Days, the movie of how Nigeria combated the dreaded Ebola virus.

‘Besides my 18 minute effort in #93Days, his work in the film got me a nomination,’ wrote Okeke on his Instagram page.

‘He made me look Good. Congrats on your BAFTA Bro. Another Nigerian flag on the moon.’

Edward, whose career has spanned over a decade, has to his credit successful movies such as Okafor’s Law , Figurine, October 1,  Shuga, Phone Swap and others.

Edwards has also been nominated for the 2017 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) in the Best Cinematographer category.

Responding to the overwhelming congratulatory messages, he wrote of the social media on Tuesday:

“It’s a great pleasure winning the BAFTA with the team. It’s been an incredible journey and a great delight working with the entire team especially Nush the director.

“A big thank you to all the staff and fellow cinematographers who made the shooting fun and possible: to the NFTS for their support during the process, to Brian Tufano, Stuart Harris, Leigh Alner, Ben Heckings, Luciana Riso and to Alvilde.

“Also a big thank you to John Coppen and David Morphy of Cirro lite. They gave us some of the lights for the multiplane for about 10 months. Thank you.

“A big respect to all the other filmmakers whose films were in the same category, especially to Alan Dimensions, our fellow classmates at the NFTS.

“And thanks to all my friends, family and well-wishers and those of you who have been praying for me and with me, all through my journey through school. And most especially, I am grateful to God for this awesome blessing.

It just clearly shows me that God is able to do exceedingly more than we could ever ask, think or imagine. Without Him I can do nothing.”

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