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