Akin Alabi

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Akin Alabi
Born
EducationUniversity of Ilorin
OccupationCinematographer, music video director
Years active2005–present

Akin Alabi, born in Lagos State, Nigeria, is a Nigerian music video director, writer and entrepreneur.[1] He is renowned as one of the video directors that pioneered the era of hiphop music video production in Nigeria[2] and has worked with several top artistes including 9ice, Timaya, Tope Alabi, Onyeka Onwenu, Reminisce, Tim Godfrey (musician), Ayanjesu, Paul Ik Dairo and many others.[3]

Childhood and education[edit source | edit]

Alabi originally from Ekiti State started his educational journey at Lara Day Nursery and Primary School, Ikeja Lagos, and later obtained his Ordinary Level School Certificate from Federal Government College, Idoani, Ondo state.[4] Thereafter, he proceeded to University of Ilorin, Kwara State to study Business Administration.[5]

Career[edit source | edit]

Alabi who was into song writing and graphic designing during his university days confessed during one of his interviews[6] that his passion for music prompted him to drop an album in 1999. Unfortunately, by the time Uzodinma Ukpechi, who was one of the major forces behind the camera then gave him the bill, Alabi claimed to have resolved to acquire equipment with the money. His knowledge in graphics and audio production served as a platform to explore his skill.[7]

After he shot a musical video for one up and coming artistes called Nachur for Blac in the 2004, Akin came into fame in 2005 with the musical video of Big Bamo and Paul Play's song titled Crazy. Akin who is also a professional photographer, can now be ranked among the best music video and home video directors in Nigeria.[8]

As an artiste, he formed a group with his wife called T.I.V[9] that went on to release the hit single, Komole in 2012 which went on to win several awards including Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) for best use of choreography,[10] Nominee for Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) under the Best Gospel Video category.

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.[11]

He is the creator of the animation TV series on Nigerian proverbs called My Nigerian Proverb shows daily on African Magic,[12] Trybetv, YangaTv (UK) and on BRT Buses in Lagos. In 2018, he release a book on Yoruba Proverbs titled Akomolowe: My Book of Yoruba Proverbs.[13] He is passionate about the African culture and he is currently working on using the visual media to conserve the Yoruba culture in particular. 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.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Alabi married Bunmi Alabi in 2008 and together they have two sons and reside in Lagos Nigeria.[14]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. Ayodele, Oye. "How To Be A Good Director, Songwriter-Akin Alabil". Legit.ng. Retrieved 30 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Adewale, Adedeji (December 2010). "Yoruba Culture & its Influence on the Development of Modern Popular Music in Nigeria" (PDF): 290. Retrieved 15 February 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Admin. "About Akin Alabi". Cinema Kpatakpata. Retrieved 30 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  4. Ayodele, Oye. "How To Be A Good Director, Songwriter-Akin Alabil". Legit.ng. Retrieved 30 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Keetu. "Top 10 Music Video Directors in Nigeria: Biographies & Their Charges". The Info Finder. Retrieved 30 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Kola, Tijani. "Music Video Director, Akin Alabi, Speaks – I don't like to please people". Rhodies World. Retrieved 30 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Akin Alabi Biography". Akin Alabi. Retrieved 30 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  8. Admin. "Akin Alabi". Explode.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. Onos. "New Video: T.I.V – Vanity". Bella Naija. Retrieved 15 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. Tyler. "Winners List – The Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2014". Too Exclusive. Retrieved 15 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. Kola, Tijani. "Music Video Director, Akin Alabi, Speaks – I don't like to please people". Rhodies World. Retrieved 30 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. Admin. "TV GUIDE". Africa Magic. Retrieved 15 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. Admin. "Akomolewe". Retrieved 15 February 2019 – via YouTube. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. Admin. "It took time before my wife and I understood each other – Akin Alabi". Punch. Retrieved 15 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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