The WAZOBIA of Nigerian Photography


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Beautiful, warm, adventurous, intelligent, ambitious, beautiful….just a few words that describe each of the 3 ladies that constituted Set 9 of Basic Course in Photography. I was so impressed with their performance that I went out of my way to give them a photo session.

Let’s start with beautiful & fair Mona Lisa. When she called me on January 16 to inquire about the training, I thought she was joking when she told me her name. I mean, how many Nigerians would name their child Mona Lisa? Well, one did. I would later discover her personality to be as beautiful as her name. A pension funds manager, I would discover that she was well deserving of whatever promotions she had gotten in the last 3 years. Her love for photography is intoxicating and highly contagious. You’ll think she’s in love with a guy when she starts gisting photography. Oh by the way, she’s taken (sorry guys). Intelligent, daring, confident & artistic are qualities that describe someone named after the most talked about painting in history: Mona Lisa.

Take a look at Halima. A compact bundle of photographic passion, she was the one that “shot Wiz kid“. Meet her for the first time and she’s likely to give you her contact details if you’re a photography freak. She seems to have such high morales that will convince some Christians she’s wife-material. Teach her a camera trick and you’ll be surprised of the wonders she can do 10 minutes later. Her looks can be sometimes deceptive, revealing less of the creative juice that flows in her blood veins…..until you give her a camera. She can be mischievous too, albeit in an interesting way but that’s a topic for another day :). Bottom line, I’m glad I was privileged to have met this Northerner because her biography will be an interesting read when it is released in 2020 (possible title: the X factor) 🙂

Finally, to the only Yoruba lady in the class. Lamide joined mid-way into the session and mentioned that she didn’t want to waste anymore time in fulfilling her destiny in photography. I like people like that. Because she had missed a few classes, we had to do a quick makeup session for her in 5hrs. I was surprised how fast she digested the information. With her, there’s hardly a need to explain a photography term twice. Her commitment to learning and growing challenges me. I only wish she wouldn’t ping as much as she does during class. Either way, I’m proud to be associated with one of the lady photographers that will impact the industry in a few years. Check out her writeup and you’ll be convinced (you better be) of her ability to express herself not just with a camera but with words: Similarities between myself & AISL students

The pictures that ensued are beautiful not because of the photographer that took them but because the subjects are…….STUNNING. Their beauty made it easier for the Olympus e3 with 12-60mm lens to do its job. I refer to them as the WAZOBIA of photography. What do you think?
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Plan to attend the next session of Basic Course in Photography
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