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History of the YMA Awards

The history of modern film making and I dare say civilization is owed to the Yoruba people, at least in part. The Yoruba traveling theatre was perhaps the most important single factor in the evolution of an indigenous cinema in Nigeria dating as far back as the early nineties, probably older than Nigeria itself as a state.

The travelling theater gets its roots from the masquerade show "Alarinjo" that toured pace to place airing their acts which spread to non-Yoruba speaking areas of the West African coast. The Alarinjo or Eegun Apidan is native to the old Oyo empire.

As times changed, the Yoruba Travelling theatre dabbled into film making, this was around the late seventies to the early eighties . Notable among the pioneers were Herbert Ogunde's Aiye and Jaiyesinmi in the late seventies, Ade Afolayan's (Ade Love) Kadara in 1981 and Taxi Driver in 1983, Isola Ogunsola's (I-show pepper) Efunsetan Aniwura in 1983, Moses Olaiya's (Baba Sala) Orun Mooru and Are Agbaye in 1984. These plays along with many others were adapted into television format and formed the content of early television broadcasting.

Even though there is some controversy over the pioneers of the home video in Nigeria, with Living in Bondage by Kenneth Nebue in 1992 thought to be the first home video in some quarters, history has proved that honour belongs to the Yoruba people with Muhideen (Alade) Aromire having produced the movie "Ekun" in 1986.

I believe the Yoruba people have so much more to offer.

YMAA as evolved over the past four years since inception and as overwhelmingly become the international creative Awards standard for the Yoruba Movie Industry YMAAs fourth edition comes up this year having been hosted by Ogun state,Oyo state and Osun state governments respectively Collaborators have also included DAWN commission and major media and social media networks across Nigeria Africa and the Diaspora YMAA 2015 is in collaboration with DSTV and the AFRICA MAGIC NETWORK

The Winners 2014