Yinka Quadri: Celebrating Black Excellence In Entertainment

by Duke Magazine

Over three decades in the Nigerian entertainment scene and counting, veteran Nigerian actor, director and producer, Alhaji Ganiu Akanni Olayinka Quadri, popularly known as Yinka Quadri needs no introduction amongst fans of the Yoruba genre. 

Born September 6, 1959, in Lagos Island, Lagos state, Nigeria to a polygamous family, the Kwara State, indigene who trained as a Dramatist and Performing Artist and obtained the Certificate of professionalism in Theatre Art Practitioners is evidently living his passion.

The 61 year old launched his acting career in 1976 during which together with Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo), alongside a group of friends formed a drama group called Afopina Theatre Group. Quadri whose debut was in a television series titled “Agbodorogun” has since starred in over 90 Yoruba films. 

Some of Quadri’s popular movies in which he has featured in are;  Àsírí owó (The Secret of money), Igberaga (Pride), Afefe Ife (The Wind of Love), Aje Meta (The Three Witches), Owu Alantakun (The Spider’s Web), to name but a few.

Amongst movies the top actor has produced are Ojiji (Shadow), In Cellulog, Oba Elesan In VHS and Audio Tape, etc.

In recognition towards the actor’s contribution to the film industry, he was honored with the Agba Akin of Oro-Kingdom (traditional title).

He is also President & Co-Founder Theatre Art Group Odunfa Caucus in Lagos.

On April 27, 2014, Yinka launched his biography Yinka Quadri: Scent of a Legend, the event also marked his 36 years in Nollywood.

Yinka Quadri has so far been honored with awards including:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (2007 Movie Academy Awards); Best Actor in a Leading Role (2014 Best of Nollywood Awards); City People Movie Lifetime Achievement Award (2017).

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