Unlike some of his contemporaries, who rode on the back of the media to fame, Akin Alabi is quiet, gifted and not given to cheap publicity. He is one cinematographer, who will rather allow his work to speak for him.
This University of Ilorin Business Administration graduate’s amazing skill behind the camera is the reason he’s been the cynosure of many eyes. While those with eyes for quality visual interpretation may be wondering about the connectivity between Akin’s degree in Business Administration and his creativity behind the scene, it may interest you to know that his business sense was what drove him to become who he is today.
The Ekiti State born director, who was into song writing and graphic designing during his university days confessed during one of his interviews that his passion for music prompted him to drop an album in the 1999. Unfortunately, by the time Uzodinma Ukpechi, who was one of the major forces behind the camera then gave him the bill, Akin claimed to have resolved to acquire equipment with the money. Although, calling the shot behind lenses was then an unfamiliar terrain for him, Akin’s knowledge in graphics and audio production served as a platform to explore his exceptionality as a youth, who was daring to be different. Interestingly, his first job was to direct his own musical video, an attempt, which today has evidently turned him to a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian entertainment world.
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.
Apart from This Ring of Fire, his TV soap opera, which will hit the silver screen soon, he had an elaborate photo exhibition last year. The musical video of Konga’s hit track titled Kabakaba among his other shots for the likes of Timaya, 9ice and other music stars, have stamped Akin Alabi’s authority in the motion pictures.