Africana is a segment on Africouture designed to celebrate Africans in the creativity industry. On today’s episode of Africana, we bring to you Akin Alabi.
Born on the 31st of March 1977, Akin Alabi studied Business Administration in the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
He also holds a certificate in Intellectual Property Strategy from Harvard University, Boston, United State.
Akin is a professional photographer, music/ home video director/producer, and undeniably one of the best in Nigeria at that!
The Ekiti state indigene is the author of “Akomolowe: My Book of Nigerian Proverbs” which was released in 2018, and comprises of 20 proverbs illustrated with cartoon characters for easy understanding and also to pique the interest of kids.
The book of Proverbs also has English translations from different languages of the numerous tribes in Nigeria: Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Efik, Urhobo, Benin, Igala, Ebira, etc.
This is commendable, as we Africans generally are known for our rich culture and wise sayings. Akin is no doubt Afri-centric as he aims to preserve the African culture (especially that of the Yoruba’s) through visual media.
He is the creator of the animation TV series on Nigerian Proverbs called My Nigerian Proverb shows daily on African Magic, Trybetv, YangaTv(UK) and on BRT Buses in Lagos, Nigeria.
His career as a guru in cinematography kickstarted when he shot a music video for an up and coming artistes called Nachur for Blac in 2004, and later became popular in 2005 with the musical video of Big Bamo and Paul Play’s song titled ‘Crazy’ (you remember that oldie but goldie song right?)
“His collections of video works include Konga’s hit track titled Kabakaba, Komole by TIV ft Vector, ‘Gbamugbamu’ and ‘No be Mistake’ by 9ice; ‘Yankuliya,’ ‘God I beg,’ ‘If to Say’ by Timaya; ‘Promise Land’ by Paul Play; ‘Crazy’ by Julius Agwu; ‘Ariya’ by Ayuba; ‘Bu nwanem’ by Onyeka Onwenu; ‘Kabakaba’ by Konga; RCCG Praise Team album video; ‘Igboro Ti Daru’ by Klever J.
He has many awards to his name including the 2012 City People award for Best Video Director, TAVA award for Best Video director and Best RnB video.”
We love those who contribute their quota towards rejuvenating the African culture.