Dad, My Leg Is Hurting Me

That was the sentence hurled at me by my 300week old daughter. We were on our daily trip from her school to the house when the bus dropped us at the junction of our final destination. “Daddy, I said my leg is hurting,” she murmured as if I didn’t hear her the first time.

So what do you want me to do about it?
She answered my question by repeating her statement. We would eventually walk the 4-minute-long trip to the house. I felt within me that since a requisition had not been made, I wasn’t obliged to do anything. Usually in time past, I would carry her 25 kg weight on my 65 kg body while happily walking the 55 metre distance to her 6 by 4 ft bed. But on that day, she would cry & grumble while she walked the entire distance.

The next day, after getting down from the same similar bus, she would hurl the exact same sentence at me. "Daddy, my leg is hurting me”. (At this junction, its important to note that nothing is wrong with her legs, she just likes the idea of me carrying her on my back each time we’re approaching the house).

“So what do you want me to do about it?”
She proceeded to speak the words that I wished she had spoken the previous day. “PLEASE CARRY ME“.
I was touched. Almost moved to tears. As I happily carried her on my back for the rest of the mini-marathon back to the house, I thought of how many of us have approached our mentors or God with the complaints of the problem we’re going through instead of asking for the specific HELP that we want.

I thought of the many times that I would complain to God that I was broke instead of asking him for ideas that will make me rich. I thought of my protege that was complaining about too many photographers in Nigeria instead of him to ask for strategies that will make him stand out of the lot. I thought of the many times I complained to God or people about the many wrongs in our great country…..instead of just praying for wisdom and courage to be a solution provider. And then I found myself at the doorstep of where I call HOME.

Dropping Anuoluwapo from my back, I assured her of my love for her. I told her not to be afraid to ask me for whatever she wanted (though I must admit that the requisitions can be sometimes annoying). I told her that its my desire to make sure I do my best to put a smile on her face and fulfillment in her soul. And it was at that moment I could sense God saying the very same words to me.

Once again, this might not be a message for only photographers. However, the message ought to be clear: “Complaining” & "Murmuring” won’t get you far. Start ASKING for the specific HELP you need and start BECOMING a solution provider to your generation.

Ask & you shall receive, seek & you shall find, knock & the door shall be opened unto you…….
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An Open Letter To A Stranger

Dear Stranger,

You may ask why you are reading an open letter from an amateur photographer like me, but I sincerely want put an end to all your unanswered questions on why I chose photography. The truth is we photographers have learnt to shatter our silences and reach out to the world through the moments we create with every click and seconds of our lives.

You see, growing up I always wanted to be a lawyer, the reason being that in this part of the world you’ve got to be three things to be relevant- either a Doctor, a Lawyer, or an Engineer. So all I thought of was to grow up to become a Lawyer. Thank God for my Mum; she talked me out of it reminding me of my weakness which I would like to keep a secret.

After my dreams of becoming a Lawyer was prematurely cut short I dived into the dream of becoming a radio presenter. This dream grew more stronger by the day as I began to write scripts and recorded my voice on my “Walkman” mini mp3 Player. Hearing myself sound so good created an awesome feeling inside of me; I knew immediately that I would have sounded better on air with cheering fans out there. Maybe it is the fact that I really wanted to be celebrated, but I couldn’t sing or dance or act… at least I could talk… how else would I become a celebrity?

Along the line even after having all it takes to be a successful radio presenter (a degree and a little experience) the dream dropped dead. I’m sure you want to know why? It dropped dead when a humble sincere friend of mine heard my mix tape and sincerely advised me not to try doing this on radio because I might get arrested. Funny, right? It was really a sincere opinion that hurt me badly but ….

If I couldn’t be a celebrity and I obviously didn’t have the qualification to be a Doctor, a Lawyer or a Banker. I can be better right, I can be something more than “Relevant” more than the red carpet and all. So I sat, pondered and wondered, what could I offer the world? How could I be a part of it and be remembered even while I’m gone? It was at this moment that I decided to be a part of two things that could live beyond life. I decided to be a Writer and a Photographer the two finest and treasured art.

So Unstrange Stranger, I’m glad to let you know that my thought didn’t end on the couch or on the pillow; my dream didn’t end with a deep breathe. I didn’t stop at being hopeful. I am now a “professional” photographer, I am now a part of making peoples’ dreams come true, a part of making people see with my vision, a part of painting and creating memories. I could always even live while am dead, I am Magnificient. I am a Writographer.

So perfect stranger, If you must know I now work with my Mentor; a perfect way to mould a dream you would say. Its alsready my 3rd week at eloPhotos. I was a part of painting memories at three different events last week and for the first time with the Camera around my neck, infront of hundreds of people, I felt RELEVANT and CELEBRATED! What else can I ask for? I’m living a life of purpose.

Writographically Yours,
Temitope Adeniyan
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