Legendary film-maker of Ghana, Ernest Kofi Abbeyquaye has been celebrated by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) of United Kingdom. This happened on 28th October, 2020 during a Black History Month.
The NFTS has pinned the month of October as a Black History Month which would be marked by honouring the achievements of some of their Black alumni and a range of their current students who will soon graduate.
ERNEST KOFI ABBEYQUAYE
Ernest Abbeyquaye had a childhood talent for telling stories and has been in the film-making business since the early 1960’s. Graduating from the NFTS in 1975, Ernest is a stalwart of the Ghanaian film and TV industry and has written and directed numerous features and documentaries, filming across Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the Gambia and Eritrea. He has amassed an impressive number of accolades throughout his career and was awarded Television and Film Pioneer at the 2018 GUBA Awards in London, an annual event to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of Ghanaian and African based businesses and individuals in the UK.
When asked “what are your memories of your time at the NFTS?” Ernest Kofi Abbeyquaye had this to say
During my time at the NFTS we had a bunch of enlightened, focused and eager students, each determined to acquire the necessary training for his or her future career. There were great minds, Conservatives, Liberals and Socialists. Their agitations were always for an all-inclusive community in and out of the School. Whatever I have done, whatever I have achieved, whatever I am now, I credit all to the grounding given me at the NFTS – the best film and television School in the world! To NFTS staff and my contemporaries; Colin Young, Roger Crittenden, Brian Winston, Roger Deakins, Tony Freeth, Sarah Jolly and all the many lovely people who have passed through or are presently going through the School, I say cheers!
“Whatever I have done, whatever I have achieved, whatever I am now, I credit all to the grounding given to me at the NFTS – the best film and television School in the world!”
Congratulations to legendary Ernest Kofi Abbeyquaye, Ghana is very proud to have such an enormous personality like you.
Listed below are people celebrated by NFTS during 2020 Black History Month
- 29 October – Celebrating Danielle Goff | NFTS Producing | Graduating 2021
- 29 October – Celebrating Samson Ibitoye | NFTS Directing and Producing Television Entertainment | Graduating 2021
- 28 October – Celebrating Ernest Abbeyquaye | Director | Chronicles of Odumkrom: The Headmaster, Hopes on the Horizon, King Lions Law (Musical)
- 27 October – Celebrating Kolton Lee | Writer, Director | Freestyle, Cherps, The Last Card (Novel)
- 26 October – Celebrating Rienkje Attoh | Founder of So and So Productions Producer | Noughts + Crosses, You Don’t Know Me
- 25 October – Celebrating Marissa Lestrade | NFTS Screenwriting: Finding Your Voice | Graduating 2021
- 23 October – Celebrating Nathaniel Price | Writer | Noughts + Crosses, Tin Star, The Offenders
- 22 October – Celebrating Ebele Tate | NFTS Directing Fiction MA | Graduating 2021
- 21 October – Celebrating Nigel Tadyanehondo | NFTS Digital Effects MA | Graduating 2021
- 20 October – Celebrating Athena Sammy | Production/Producer’s Office | Fantastic Beasts 3, The Batman, Wonder Woman 1984
- 19 October – Celebrating Basi Akpabio | Executive Producer | The ABC Murders, The Pale Horse, Ordeal by Innocence
- 17 October – Celebrating Marcus Thomas | NFTS Directing Fiction MA | Graduating 2021
- 16 October – Celebrating Abigail Dankwa | Stage Manager | 2012 Olympics & Paralympics | Director | Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club
- 15 October – Celebrating Trix Worrell | Writer, Director | What You Lookin’ At?, Desmond’s, For Queen and Country
- 14 October – Celebrating Mary Waireri | NFTS Screenwriting: Finding Your Voice Diploma | Graduating 2021
- 13 October – Celebrating Ian Aryeh | Director| McDonald and Dodds, In the Long Run, 4 O’Clock Club
- 12 October – Celebrating Malorie Blackman | Writer | Noughts + Crosses, Pig Heart Boy, Doctor Who
- 9 October – Celebrating Julius Amedume | Director | Rattlesnakes
- 8 October – Celebrating Nosa Eke | Writer, Director | Something in the Closet, The Grind
- 7 October – Celebrating Toní Adepegba | Camera Operator | Sky Sports, Sky News, Portrait & Landscape Artist of the Year
- 6 October – Celebrating Victoria Thomas | Producer/Director | Born in New York, Raised in Paris. Creator of Cues (App)
- 5 October – Celebrating Segun Akinola | Composer | Doctor Who, The Last Tree, Black and British: A Forgotten History
- 2 October – Celebrating Christiana Ebohon-Green | Director | Grantchester, Call The Midwife, Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle
- 1 October – Celebrating Ronald Bailey | Sound Mixer | Small Axe, Pennyworth, Poldark
The United Kingdom’s National Film and Television School(NFTS) through a statement on their website, has shown appreciations to Black Natives who have in a way made an impact in the film industry.
As the UK’s national film and television school, it’s our mission to seek out home grown British talent and to help it flourish. Having established our Anti-Racism Commitment (Read more here: nfts.co.uk/nfts-anti-racism-commitment), Black History Month is an important juncture for us to create a space to both celebrate and address issues within the industry. The alumni featured have shared their stories and experiences and we hope that by recognising their many achievements, it will inspire and motivate those keen to follow in their footsteps and make their own unique mark on the industry.
Similarly, we are very proud to highlight some of our Black graduating students during October. It has been a joy to nurture and guide them to ensure they reach their full potential. They are entering the industry at a critical time. It is our hope that they will help remove some of the barriers facing Black and minority ethnic people, paving the way for a more multi-racial UK film, television and games industry for future generations.
With the NFTS due to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2021, we have outlined the steps we are taking to effect meaningful and lasting change. We want an NFTS that reflects the full diversity of our country. Showcasing what some of our Black students and alumni have accomplished whilst at the NFTS and after graduating provides a valuable insight into their journey and the role the School has played in helping them achieve their goals.
At the NFTS our mantra is ‘Our Credits Tell The Story’ and we hope that throughout Black History Month you will join with us to honour our alumni and students from a School where all should feel welcomed, valued and celebrated for many more years to come.