From Cartoon Enthusiast to Award Winning Film Maker – The Story of Frederick Walker of Pentecost University
What began as a means to while away time when growing up has now become a passion and a cash cow for Pentecost University’s Level 100 Logistics student, Frederick Osei Ofosu Walker.
When his sister Eunice recommended that he entered into the Screen Space competition, he initially ignored. However, two days to the close of entry, he quickly shot and edited a 1-minute video on the ills of corruption. The next day he submitted his entry which was to propel him to follow his passion for videography with the needed zeal.
” The video had to be less than one minute which was really challenging. It paid off with a scholarship to the Metfilm School in London and also a DJI Osmo (a mobile phone gimbal)”, Fred recalls adding that “the video emerged the 2nd best entry from the 15 best-shortlisted entries from over a thousand entries worldwide in 2018.
20-year-old Fred entered the Pentecost University as an aspiring music video director. He believes that the PentVars education will give him the needed push, exposure and leverage to portray Africa to the world in a dignifying manner. He hopes that by working on his craft and learning to earn a degree in logistics as well as the professional certificate from the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT), he would be able to diversify his knowledge base, adopt a lifestyle based on purpose as well as earn income from other sources.
Looking forward to being empowered in the coming years on campus, Fred is optimistic of drawing and drinking from the Pentvars mentorship program and also to draw more inspiration from Anas Aremayaw Anas, the celebrated investigative journalist and what he does!
“My end goal is actually to slowly divert from music video scene into creating documentary sort of videos which will help tackle our national issues and bring development”, he is confident. “I have always imagined myself creating my own movies, so I used to write stories a lot and would basically bring my imagination to life and see the stories onscreen. In the SHS (Adisadel College), I knew friends who did music and whenever I heard their songs I used to picture it visually in mind’s eye. People are motivated by what they see so I seek to uplift people through visuals”.
Fred’s repertoire oozes with creativity and inspiration working with artiste in Ghana and in the UK for over 15 videos and documentary to date. Whether filming Quamina MP’s Mankesim to London or discovery Kwesi Arthur’s Trip to Takoradi, human interest, excellence and the love for country is his soft spot.
Interestingly, as he uncovers the intrigues of his passion, Apostle Dan Walker (PhD), Vice-Chancellor of Pentecost University from whose quivers he emanates softly manages his talent. “My dad is my manager. He helps with the amount to charge (video cost) and how to relate with clients. He prays I work with the bigger artiste and expand to the international level”, he says and giggles
A profile of Fred’s works includes but not limited to the following:
- Coventry University’s launch video
- Flexgod daps – edited his talk in London /My Runway Group
- Manifest- shot and edited both pictures and pictures at the Gamble Album listening in London (UK)
- Karl Lokko- interviewed, shot and edited talk show at Coventry University
- Mawuli Gavor – shot and edited w/Bristish CouncilxMy Run Way Group (Home Coming GH event)
- God rated inc – worked on multiple videos as partnering brand for Emmanuel O2 program
- Ground-up chale – worked on different series and music videos which featured artistes like Kwesi Arthur, Quamina MP, Twitch, Day
- Shekinah sings- shot and edited 2 videos for this gospel group both at the 02 ARENA IN London and the cupcake boutique Ghana
- Faith Child – shot and edited his video at the O2 Arena, London
Fred encourages his colleagues to keep working hard, build on their craft today and keep the long term goal in order to spread a positive message through entertainment.
Please what is the cut off point for shs leavers