Sentenced Without Being Arrested


I guess you might be wondering how one can get sentenced without being arrested but then again strange things happen. Few days ago, I was sentenced to 14 days community service and for a law-abiding, never once arrested citizen like me, I was taking aback by the judgment.

Timeliness, they say, is the soul of business. Recently I have been showing up late for work due to some seriously unserious reasons (I think that sounds confusing, but don’t be. Stay with me, I am taking you somewhere).

For the past 5 months I have been working at eloPhotos, waking up by 5 am each morning. I know that’s no news but when you consider that I am not a morning person and I don’t get out of bed normally before 8 am, trust me, 5 am is a miracle. Moving on. Once I am awake, the usual morning ritual begins (like having your bath and all, which by the way takes time…. Can’t one go on for 5 days without bathing? Just saying tho) before setting out by 6 am.

Despite the seemingly normal Lagos traffic, I always get to work before our official resumption time of 8 am. On an average, we close by 5 pm but I don’t get home most times until 9 pm or 10 pm and sometimes even later. Now you begin to wonder what I am doing on the road for 5 hours, or is it that I trek home. To tell the truth and nothing but the truth, I don’t walk; it’s traffic. I think it will be a bit bearable if it had just been the traffic but there is the big issue of Agege and rickety buses. I don’t know if it was intentional but almost all the buses plying that Agege route are old and scruffy. To add insult to injury, you can’t sit in a right posture in these buses, you always have to bend somehow and with all these you still get stuck in traffic. Combining all this and coupled with the fact that I don’t get weekends off (at home) and I still have to work has resulted in fatigue for me. Consequently I wake up late and show up for work late too.

Offence number ONE: Every week, it’s mandatory for us to submit a weekly report in form of an article on or before 8am on Monday morning and I have been defaulting on that by submitting late. I don’t do this on purpose but sometimes I just don’t know what to write or have any time to do it. To Mr Seun, all of the above are just unacceptable excuses and writing about it now seems same to me. So, guys if you catch me around your neighborhood in an orange jumpsuit cleaning gutters, don’t think I have abandoned my passion for a career with LAWMA; I am just serving out my well deserved punishment! Feel free to say Hi and don’t be a stranger.

I am Babalola Michael Tayo (the weirdo that shot Aliko Dangote’s Daughter) and I am a repentant photographer.

P.S: if your dream is to attend eloPhotos Academy, be prepared to do #whateverittakes to stand out!!

 

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A CALL FOR CHANGE: Day 1


This whole write-up was born out of my 14 Days Compulsory Stay Out of eloPhotos (my photography office). Monday, September 30th, 2013 is a day not to quickly forget, as it was the starting day of the unexpected yet expected happening at eloPhotos. This time around, it was not the usual creativity that most people know about us at eloPhotos.

Owing to the continued occurrence of lateness in resumption time, attending to chores and report submission by most of the team members at office, four out of five of my team members including myself, were asked to take time off to reassess our passion for photography after a brief meeting was held. This painful verdict happened just a few minutes after the closing hour of the day.

It was then I realized the meaning of, “whatever it takes to stand out”. This was the new project our boss was working on, not knowing that I was going to embark on a journey to realize my own project on; “whatever it takes to succeed at eloPhotos”. Am sure most of the people who know Mr Seun Akisanmi or follow him online can tell of what that means.

DAY 1

Pain and Disappointment
I had a sleepless night thinking about the previous day happenings and I concluded that as the day breaks, I will begin my reassessment on passion for my photography career. I started my day with a session of inner prayers as I would not want to disturb anyone. I had all pending design spreads on my system put out of the way. I then took on a journey to think, study, read, meditate, practice and discipline myself for the next 14 days.

In my study and meditation today being Tuesday, October 1, 2013), I realized how my assignment at eloPhotos has been geographical. And that made me put up a comment on my Facebook profile saying “places matter – where you are is as important as who you are” (my words). I got to understand that my success in the photography industry is linked to a place like eloPhotos, which I tagged “my present place of assignment”.

A lesson that kept coming to me was, how one person’s disobedience or mistake can create a corporate judgment. Indeed, this has turned out to be a corporate judgment which I think is fair enough. This also reminded me of a Movie (Drumline) slogan, which states “one sound, one band”. To my understanding, the mistake of one affects others is the meaning i could give. Speaking to myself that my mistakes could have added to the judgment of others, and vis-a-vis.

In my pain and disappointment, I began to see how pain can be corrected in peoples’ lives. Knowing that in pain lies a correction process for me, I separated for myself five forces that pain brings to correction. I called them , “the five L’s”:

 Pain forces one to look for answers

 Pain forces one to lean on God instead of man

 Pain forces one to learn where one has missed it

 Pain forces one to long for forgiveness, healing and restoration

 Pain forces one to listen for changes

Immediately I understood this, I got the answer for this hurting season and that is going to birth the healing process. These then gave me more reasons why I must be focused again on my assignment as my best days are just ahead. This is the first day out of the fourteen days. Please, join me as I journey for change.

Photographically Yours,
Emmanuel Awosanmi