Africa’s 1st BLIND Photographer


Meet TV. A blind lady in her early 30s, she learnt to fend for herself at a very early age. Growing up in a poverty-striken neighborhood in Ekiti state, TV had a tough time along with her twin sister in a foster home without a father.

I met her for the first time on November 5, 2012. She wanted to learn photography. The idea of teaching a blind person photography was first introduced to me by my BRAND Consultant, Emmanuel Effiong-Bright. Although I was nervous at first, I gladly took on the challenge to groom Africa’s first blind photographer.

The first thing that comes to the average person’s mind is how IMPOSSIBLE the idea seems. And it so happens that I love facing challenges that seem impossible to surmount. Thank God I took this on. Although she has attended classes for just 8 days, the pictures she has taken thus far would be difficult for the average “seeing” person to believe they were taken by a blind lady.

I’ve learnt so much from her in just 8 days especially the fact that NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE when you put your heart to it and partner with a God that can do anything. Infact, the easiest way to unfriend me is to tell me how impossible you think something is.

Prior to her photography training, TV learnt how to bead and make bags. Her bags are more beautiful than some I’ve seen done by the sighted. The reason we only teach her 3 times a week is because she teaches people (who can see) how to make beaded jewelry and bags. I was inspired. I was challenged. And you should be challenged.

Enough of the story. TV is a photographer to watch out for in 2013. With an exhibition slated for the 2nd quarter of 2013, the photography industry in Nigeria and Africa is about to get to another level.

If by any chance you haven’t learnt a lesson from the life of this young lady whose heart desire is to get married in 2013, get this one nugget: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.
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