(Alarm), (yawning and stretching), I can’t believe it’s already 5 am. It’s a big day today the 12th of April, gosh- it still seems like a dream. Today marks the official opening of yemi ROTIMI BOLD photography. The first of its kind in the jaw dropping Four Bridges district of the EKO ATLANTIC megacity, a stunning combination of commercial and residential buildings with superbly designed water ways and road networks. This achievement has been in response to requests from my numerous clienteles, living on this five million square meter fantastic man-made island.
Its 6:08 am, kneeling beside my bed I reflect on everything my Father in heaven has done for me in the past five years. Looking back if I was told that I would be a photographer, I’ll have laughed so hard that my stomach muscles would experience spasms. In the scriptures it’s written “the lord works in mysterious ways”. HE even makes me understand how grand his thoughts are for me. His ways also are beyond searching, as the Yoruba man would say ‘Olorun Awamaridi’, meaning the unsearchable God. You might say, hmm preacher. The truth is I owe HIM everything, who gave up everything for me, Jesus Christ my lord and savior.
8: 08am, Time to hit the road, picking up my transparent iPhone 12 I head down stairs and into the car. As usual as we ride to the office, Gbenga briefs me of the important emails I received this morning, stating that a lot of them are congratulatory in nature and of the fact that on the 15th of May, I would have to be at the Buckingham palace for the arrival of William and Kate’s fourth child, as Kate’s expected delivery date should fall on the 17th of May. Kate also sends her congratulations for the opening today. Gbenga Olorunsola has been my personal assistant for two years now and has been a blessing to me in many ways than one.
On getting to the Office, Gbenga reviews the list of guest invited for the opening ceremony. I need to go through the price list of the photos to be exhibited in the gallery today. The program will run from 6:00 to 9:00pm, and the guest would be arriving any time from 5:00pm. I’m looking forward to a splendid evening for me and the guest.
The chairman of the occasion and special guest of honor was Seun Akisanmi, CEO of Seun Akisanmi Studios, one of Nigeria’s foremost photography ambassadors, the owner elophotos photography academy a global brand and also the convener of Nigeria Photography Expo and Conference (NiPHEC). After the opening speech by Seun Akisanmi and words from a select few of my colleagues, the gallery is opened for the exhibition and sale of some seventy creative photographs I had shot the past four years. To my greatest surprise the photograph titled ‘peace’ is the first to be sold… wow. I had encouraged the guest earlier to dip their hand very deep into their bank accounts for the exhibition, because sixty percent of each work sold tonight goes to the Jacob Adejare Babatunde Foundation which caters for the welfare of orphans and widows and the less privileged.
9:23pm. Just a few of the guest remain enjoying the live smooth jazz by Norman Brown and discussing business. So I say my good byes to the last few, Gbenga signals me that the car is ready whenever I am.
It is 10:15 pm time for bed, but not without thanking my father in heaven for such a beautiful and rewarding day. For he who is grateful for yesterday’s and today’s blessing will receive many more bountiful blessing from the father in heaven for the days to come.
I am Oluwabusayo Alabi, Chief Executive officer Yemi ROTIMI BOLD photography, a humble photographer.