Most influential young Ghanaian photographers, Twinsdntbeg of Swag of Africa News are currently in Kenya to participate in the Enterpreneur Fashion Week, actually they are the official photographers of the event. Nation.Africa caught up with them for an exclusive one on one interview, where the twins revealed that they were born in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They grew up in a family of five (5) children and encountered a lot of challenges because their parents were not well off.
The 30 year-old twin brothers namely Samuel and Emmanuel Appiah Gyan had it tough growing up, “we didn’t come from a wealthy home. Growing up was difficult, we saw all the challenges that our parents went through to give us education”, Samuel recalled. He attributed their hard work to the challenges they went through as children. “It’s part of the reasons why we work so hard to get to where we want to get to”, he said.
After their high school education, the twins joined Kwame NKrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, where Emmanuel studied Agriculture and Landscape Management while Samuel pursued Architecture. Their love for photography began in 2015, when they were hired as Personal Assistants for a Ghanaian film director, Nana Obiri Yeboah as well as Nicholas K. Lory, British film producer and cinematographer who were in Ghana for two months, working on a movie called ‘The Cursed Ones’. They also met Oris Erhuero popularly known for his role in the movie, The Adventure of Sinbad who was also a cast in the movie, ‘The Cursed Ones’.
“When we were on set, we were always asking questions, the producer who is a renowned cinematographer was glad to help, that’s where our interest in photography started”, Emmanuel recalled. The twin brothers used the money they made from their works as PAs to purchase their first camera.
Samuel and Emmanuel turned to YouTube to learn the art of photography and to date, they appreciate the role of Social Media in their career growth. “We created Social Media pages in different platforms and kept posting our work as followers grew in number. Our Social Media presence made it easy for people to identify with us anywhere we went. Social Media also helped us get feedback for the work we posted online”, Emmanuel recounted.
TwinsDntBeg have worked with several high-profile personalities (celebrities) in Ghana, including Stonebwoy, Efya, Jackie Appiah, Becca, Asokua Vee, DKB and a host of many others. Internationally, they covered (celebrities such as) Barbadian singer Rihanna, American Actor Jamie Foxx, Kenyan Actress Lupita Nyong’o among others during the 51st edition of the National Association of Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Image Awards 2020.
As at now, they are the official cimatographers and social media handlers for Her Excellency Samira Bawumia, wife of the vice president of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia. They’ve also been working as cinematographers for the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo. See the images below!