A Tribute To YOU


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I remember waking you up that Monday morning to share with you the dream I just had about you passing on. I remember being upset with you that we did not pray long enough to reject the dream from becoming a reality. I remember you telling me it’s not the length of a prayer that determines whether our FATHER will answer. I remember your calmness amidst my worry.

I remember getting the call few hours later that morning. I remember sitting by your side around 11am with oxygen tank and drips attached to you. I remember you telling me that you came back momentarily to tell me to let you go because your time was up. I remember being too shocked to cry and I am yet to cry the way the world expects. I remember that Monday morning was not the most prophetic and exciting way to start the week. I remember the criticisms, feedbacks, rebukes and advice I received all because I didn’t cry or react the way normal people react when things like this happen. I remember the counsels of psychanalysts, the admonitions of psychologists, the analysis of psychiatrists, and the gossips & gists of every other unqualified ‘gists’. But all the talk was said either because they didn’t know you the way I did or they didn’t understand this perspective of the God we serve.

You’ve been gone 996 days (not that I’ve been counting). You passed the torch to me with 3 angels to care for. Your departure gave me enough reasons to ask HIM why HE took you so soon yet I’ve refused to ask HIM those dreaded-but-well-deserved questions that start with WHY… You’ve been gone but yet I’ve been comforted knowing very well you’re in HEAVEN.

Since you’ve been gone, my relationship with the FATHER has gotten to another level for good. Since you’ve been gone, my understanding of your unconditional LOVE has been clearer. Since you’ve been gone, my definition of WORSHIP has been redefined. Since you’ve been gone, the revelation of what Mary felt when her firstborn was being crucified…. Forgive me, let me get a tissue, I’m getting a little emotional here. Since you’ve been gone, my LOVE for you has grown exponentially.

Sometimes your youngest son, Murewa, asks after his dad and I don’t know what to tell him. Sometimes your firstborn, Fiiresayemi, says he can’t remember your voice anymore and I try to play our wedding video for him. Sometimes your only daughter, Foyinsayemi, just wants to go for a walk down the street to buy groceries with her father but I’m left to be your representative.

Though it’s been 2 years, 8 months, and 10 days (really, I’m not counting) you’ve been on your vacation, I remember today – November 29, 2017 – as the day you would have turned 40 years old. I had planned this day years ago and never envisaged I would witness it in your absence, but then again you’re still present. I would have almost given up, had God not sent an enigmatic photographer my way to celebrate our family in pictures. The ONE that told me He had a hand in all that happened also told me your LIFE WAS A SEED that needed to die so that many will come to the consciousness of HEAVEN.

My prayer is that many will be encouraged to remain in the KINGDOM of this FATHER that makes all things work together for the good of them that love and seek him. My prayer is that many who have lost loved ones will find unexplainable comfort and undeniable peace like I found in the arms of the one I call OLUTUNU. My prayer is that many that see these HEAVENLY pictures that we took together will be reminded of the FACT that there is a place of peace, rest, and joy where those that pass on (I still don’t believe you’re DEAD) abide if they had a relationship with JESUS on this side of eternity.

As you celebrate your 40th birthday in HEAVEN and as we remember today the time you spent with us in years past, may God use these pictures and the blessed memory of you to heal the millions of hearts that see this. Like the unremovable birthmark we all have on our bodies, the memory of YOU & the God we serve will forever be engraved on our hearts. With TEARS in my eyes and joy in my heart, knowing very well that you’re reading this, I want you to know from the depths of my being that I LOVE YOU…. I ALWAYS HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL

Happy Birthday SWEETHEART. Keep resting in the bosom of your LORD.

Eternally Yours,
Your Beautiful Wife,
Funmi Afolarin

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….And then She KISSED me


Earlier this month, I was invited by the leadership of Daystar Christian Centre to render one of my poems at their forthcoming Excellence in Leadership Conference. It was a privilege to be given the opportunity to bless thousands of people with a 5-minute rendition that was composed almost a decade earlier in my time of pain.

November 6 arrived and I found myself on the “pulpit” at approximately 10:58am. After reciting a poem that was appropriate for the theme of the conference (Corruption-Free Leadership), the applause and “congratulatory” messages I got was overwhelming. All of a sudden, it SEEMED I had become a celebrity overnight. One of my colleagues at work later told me that he got up at the end of the recitation and shouted (to the “pretty” lady beside him) “THAT IS MY BOSS RIGHT THERE”.

seun akisanmi excellence in leadership conference

With Pastor Sam Adeyemi giving me a handshake, Pastor Nike Adeyemi giving me a thumbs up, Fela Durotoye asking for my contact details…..I wondered what was it really that I did that touched their hearts. Whatever it was, it was titled “Corruption: Not an Option” and it resonated a determination within the hearts of the audience that it was possible to live a life void of corruption in a corruption-congested society.

And so it happened that as I attended Day 2 of the conference, I met one of my photography protégé at the entrance of the church building. Before I could say “Hi”, she hugged me and gave me a kiss on my right cheek. I was shy, I felt nervous, I was awe-struck. “That was the first time I’ll see you recite a poem on stage and I just want you to know that I’m proud of you and I’ve missed you”. Those were her words.

If you were eavesdropping on the 40 seconds encounter we had together, you would have thought that Seun Akisanmi was having an affair with someone who couldn’t make it a secret anymore. It all happened so fast that I didn’t see it coming. “Thank God” was all I could say to her. Perhaps it felt more awkward because I was carrying my 235-days-old daughter and she was staring at this aunty that just gave her dad a kiss. I could have sworn that my daughter thought she was my girlfriend.

In a way I could sense the state of her heart….the lady’s heart, that is. She was proud to be associated with someone she would consider a success & role-model by her definition. I knew she had no “corrupt” motives. But then it got me thinking. With this level of fame, it would be easy for me to get into an extra-marital affair with a lady that holds me in such high esteem. Afterall, some of our leaders in church & society seem to be doing it. Instead of saving her real name on my phone, I’ll probably just save it as “Akeem Battery-Charger” or “Gas Cooker Messenger” so that my wife will not be suspicious. Infact, with a church of this size I could easily have 7 girlfriends that will be servicing me for each different day of the week. It will be so easy.

And then it occurred to me that “whatsoever is hidden shall be brought to light” and that it will only take a matter of time for the thing I do in the “secret places” to be made manifest to the world. Just like the poetry recitation was able to reach over 10,000 people within a 5minute time frame (though no one saw me when I was composing it in October 2004), my act of “corruption” would reach a greater number at a faster rate. I made a decision that in my marriage, corruption will not be an option.

Subsequently I realized the burden & pressure that is being placed unconsciously on people that are regarded as stars, role-models or celebrities. People expect a higher standard of living from their role-models. Consequently, I now have to think twice (& sometimes thrice) before doing things like beating the traffic light, urinating in public places or “fighting” with a driver that just collided with my 2012 BMW 540i ActiveHybrid car. That really got me thinking.

Consequently, I made a resolution that no KISS or LADY or JOB or PERSON or SITUATION will be given the authority to mar the great destiny that awaits me. I know it won’t be easy and that’s why I’ll deliberately surround myself with people and resources that will help me to declare BOLDLY without any compromise that CORRUPTION WILL NOT BE AN OPTION.

 

The CREATIVE Videographer


Lanre Esho is a professional Wedding Cinematographer with a background as an experienced Wedding Videographer. He has a passion capturing wedding memories in Lagos & other destination weddings and takes pride in converting love stories into wedding films. He documents every detail of wedding style, from vintage weddings with a rustic feel to modern/urban themed weddings. I’ve known him for over 6 years and he’s someone I can vouch for. Check out his video and contact him on 234-8032006043 if you like what you see.
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Discovering the Customer-Service at DiscoveryAir


A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine recommended that I try out an airline that opened for business in June. He was so impressed with the customer-service that was extended to him during his trip to Abuja that he demanded that I give them a try.

I eventually flew with them and discovered that although they were not flying with BRAND NEW planes, the customer service I got made me feel BRAND NEW. No, this isn’t a paid advert by the company. I just thought that people out there – especially those that fly with companies like Aero-contractors who have repeatedly proven that they can treat customers anyhow – should know that they have a new option when it comes to traveling by air.

I wasn’t surprised when I checked to see that the flight was almost filled. And it wasn’t filled with people that were traveling by air for the very first time. I’m guessing that customers of other airlines decided to try DiscoverAir and see if they will get a better experience from what they were used to.

A better experience I eventually got. I even had to take a picture of the food pack just so that I can have enough evidence against them the day they decide to “reduce” the contents of the meal they give customers on board.

The last time I got such customer service was when I visited Transcorp Hilton Hotel (Abuja) in 2007. If they keep it up, I sense that one or two airlines that we’re all familiar with will eventually close business. I think you should try it out and feel free to drop you comments here if you were treated well or not. Just check them out at discoverair.com.ng and do let me know what your experience was like.


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The Hot-Tempered Photographer


I was recently told the story of one of my relatives that once ran a photography business. It happened that after delivering the finished product (albums, photo frames, etc) to his clients, he usually had a challenge getting his outstanding balance from them.

A client that owed him a balance of N20k would offer to pay 10 installments of N2k and my photographer “relative” will vehemently reject the offer. He would get so angry at the client that he would eventually tell the client not to bother paying the balance. He would repeat the same gesture to most of his clients.

This eventually became one of the main reasons why Relative Photography Studios is no longer in business. If you were in his shoes, how would you react to someone that owes you N20k and is offering to make 10 installments (or other seemingly outrageous offer) of N2k each?
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Mo Abudu, Jason Njoku, Joke Silva, Folake Folarin-Coker & More to Speak at 2013 Creative Industries Expo


With less than 3 weeks to go to the 3rd edition of the British Council Creative Industries Expo, creative industry stakeholders from Nigeria and the UK are gearing up to converge at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, for one of the most anticipated events of the year. Holding on the 26th & 27th of November 2013, this year’s event will feature a roster of high-level speakers including Mo Abudu, Founder & CEO Ebony Life TV;  Steve Moffitt, CEO, A New Direction, UK; Bunmi Oke, CEO 141 Worldwide & President Advertising Association of Nigeria; Chris Ubosi, CEO Megalectrics;  Nkiru Asika, CEO Enterprise Creative; Folake Folarin-Coker,Creative Director, Tiffany Amber; Jason Njoku, CEO Iroko Partners; Wole Odetayo, CEO Wennovation Hub; Yemisi Ilo, CEO Ileke Media; Joke Silva, award-winning Actress & Co-Founder, Lufodo Academy; Dr Tom Fleming, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy UK; Sandra Obiago, Founder CFC & Associate Producer Half of a Yellow Sun.

The Creative Expo will discuss and debate current measures to develop talent, best practices, case studies and different approaches to building professional, technical and business capacity across the diverse creative industries.

The 2013 British Council Creative Expo is produced by Enterprise Creative, and is free to attend, however registration is required both days of the event. Click here to register for Day 1 of the expo, while you can register for Day 2’s proceedings here.

 

Dear SWIFT Networks, Why did you defraud me?


It all began at 8:45am, February 7, 2012. After dropping my daughter in school, I headed to the Swift Networks office at Alausa shopping mall. My goal was to upload another episode of our youtube photography show (PICTURE THIS) to youtube.com/elophotos. We upload two episodes every week and were already behind on one episode because we were unable to upload the previous friday’s episode.

Upon getting to their office at the shopping mall, I bought 1hr of airtime on their “hotspot” network. I already had 44mins left from my account and figured I would need at least 1 hour extra to upload the 2GB HD video that failed to upload the last time I was there (friday, february 3, 2012). Immediately after paying N150 for the 1 hour I needed, I was accosted by the security man that if I was going to use my laptop to browse in their office, that will not be allowed.

I didn’t understand at first. You see, I had been coming to that same office an average of 2 times a week for the past 5months and was surprised when I was told that I can’t use my laptop to browse the hotspot in their office. “Is that a new rule?” I quizzed. The gentleman that sold the hotspot airtime to me further explained that they don’t normally allow people to come to their office to browse due to the fact that their office space is small and they need to attend to other customers that have more important business to do (e.g. buying new modems, paying for airtime subscription, etc).

Apparently the N150 per hour that I was paying was not enough for them to allow me use their space to browse. This is where my issue with them began. On their website (www.swiftng.com/products/hotspot), it was (and still is) CLEARLY stipulated how the hotspot service works. Quoting what is written on the 2nd paragraph on their link

How does SWIFT Hotspot work?
…You will need a laptop, mobile phone or even a portable PS2 with wireless internet capabilities to get connected. Go to any SWIFT Networks hotspot with your laptop and connect to the wireless network. You will be prompted to login. Purchase a voucher and enter the PIN to gain access to the internet.”

Nowhere on this page is it ever mentioned that after I’ve paid for the voucher, I won’t be able to use the hotspot at the “hotspot” location. If I had known that, I would not have been insane enough to waste N200 un-subsidized transportation fare to a location that is out of bounds to me.

The gentleman recommended that if I can stay anywhere outside & within the LSPC (Lagos State Printing Corporation) shopping mall, I would still be able to access their hotspot. I wasn’t about to walk into any of the 150+ shops to ask for permission to use a service that I paid for elsewhere. He concluded that a usable location will be a coffee shop located just 200 meters away from the SWIFT office.

Being the gentleman that I am and considering the fact that it will require much energy (on my part) to demand a refund of my N150, I left their office and headed to the coffee shop. I paid N700 for a cup of coffee and croissant (the most expensive breakfast I’ve had since the removal of fuel subsidy) in order to be able to have a sit at their table and browse with my laptop. If I had known that I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my goal of uploading the video, I would stayed in my office and had my usual N120 bread & beans breakfast.

I connected to the wireless network and was taken to a website where I had to log on to my hotspot account (with username: seunakisanmi@elophotos.com) in order for me to add the 1hr airtime I just bought. The cummulative total I was left with to browse the internet was 104mins.

About 5mins into my browsing, I got a message on my computer that the “server was reset” and as a result my internet connection was lost. For over 40mins I tried to reconnect to the internet but it would not go. More importantly, I tried to get the internet site where I could sign off from my account but all was futile. It was very frustrating knowing that I was wasting precious time & money.

It was during my “struggle” to reconnect to the internet that a very important SMS entered my Nokia 101 dual-sim phone. You would not believe who sent the SMS. SWIFT NETWORKS. What a coincidence, I thought. At 9:04am, the message delivered to me read thus:

SWIFT. Unhappy with our services? Simply call 017101010 or send SMS to 08181460901 or email customercare@swiftng.com. Include your account name, user ID and problem

Talk of a divine coincidence. It was as if someone had recently been promoted to the post of CUSTOMER SERVICE EXECUTIVE and was bent on making all customers satisfied. I was unhappy but impressed; unhappy for my resources (financial & time) that was wasting & impressed that there’s an office in charge of resolving issues like these.

I eventually resorted to taking my laptop back to the Swift network office in the complex so they could try to log me out since my time was already running. I spoke with someone I presumed to be the Manager & was surprised when I was told they don’t have an idea how to log me out. I was really shocked. “So my time will be used up for something that is not my fault,” I asked. Her response: “I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do.” She mentioned that the engineers were responsible for issues like this one and that the engineer on duty had not resumed for the day. This was 9:30am and I was of the notion that workers resume work by 8am. She suggested that his fellow colleague help me try to log out. After 15mins of “googling” the logon site, the gentleman gave up.

It was then that the engineer on duty finally arrived at the office. He was immediately questioned by the manager as to the reason why he was just coming to work. His reasons were not acceptable. I was further surprised to eventually discover that he didn’t know how to log me out. It was very frustrating knowing that by now the time I bought would have been exhausted. To make matters worse, the incompetent engineer started accusing me for closing the logon window in the first place. It is illegal to cut off someone’s head else I would have gladly…….. I was trying to explain to him what happened and he was accusing me of being the cause. If I were not a Microsoft Certified Network Professional, I would have agreed with him. It was painful. It is painful.

As he continued to answer the Manager on the reason why he was late, I proceeded to shut down my laptop. Besides my laptop battery was fully depleted and it was obvious he wouldn’t be able to perform any magic within the remaining 1min of battery time. I felt cheated. I felt angry. I am angry.

I’m angry for the time and money wasted in the early hours of the first working day in the week. This wasn’t the first time this had happened. However, this was the first time I decided I was not going to let this go without getting the attention of the management of SWIFT Networks.

What is more painful is the fact that I’m a swift customer (user id 18816) who bought their 4G WI-FI modem with the sole purpose of uploading these youtube videos. My office is in agidingbi and was surprised when I discovered that the service was (& still is) not as fast as you’re advertising. I was of the notion that 4G implies that it is the 4th Generation of cutting edge internet bandwidth and speed. I remember once asking one of the engineers I met at the Alausa office why it takes 6hrs to upload a 200mb video with my 4G modem compared to the 20mins it takes to upload the same video at SWIFT hotspot location. Could it be that their offices use 10G networks?

I was told that if I wanted the FULL 4G potentials of the network, I would have to request for a “dedicated” bandwidth and would be paying about N250k (approximately $1500) monthly for the service. INTERESTING. I wish had known this before subscribing to the network else I would not be paying for the “Liberty” plan while at the same time visiting SWIFT office twice a week for heavier file uploads. It’s very frustrating.
Perhaps the company should consider changing the name “SWIFT Networks” because it is definitely not SWIFT.

If I hadn’t gotten the sms from SWIFT asking if I was “unhappy with [their] services”, I probably would not even be writing this. If the MD/CEO is reading this (& I pray to God he or she is reading this), there a few things your organization can do to make me a “satisfied customer.” Grant all and I’ll become one of your ardent marketers.

First, I think you should consider firing that engineer that resumed work almost 2hrs late and didn’t feel it was wrong. His job is like that of a medical doctor in the ER of a hospital: his absence will result in the deaths of patients that could have been saved. The least you can do is to query or suspend him. Either way, he should be replaced with someone that has answers to all your network questions.

Secondly, I feel you should emphasize to all employees of your organization the importance of world-class customer service. The gentleman that directed me to the coffee cafe was the staff that I found to be the most courteous in the branch. I’ve been using the hotspot at that location for over 5months now and feel he deserves to be the one in charge. Even the way the Security personnel addresses customers sometimes is not too good. You loose a lot of customers everyday and might not understand that it’s as a result of how they were treated by a security offer, manager, or any other staff. I run an organization that strongly believes that the customer is right; if they are not satisfied, I wouldn’t remain in business for long. Infact, the level of satisfaction my clients get is in direct correlation to the amount of referrals I would get. With what I experienced, I definitely can’t afford to refer another loved one or enemy to SWIFT Networks. Pls address this.

Thirdly, please consider revising your choice of words in describing the hotspot service provided on your website. It will save you stress and a possible future lawsuit from one of your unsatisfied customers.

Fourthly, I feel its only fair if you compensate me with 3-6 months complimentary internet service on my account. This is not blackmail in any way; it’s just a way for you to prove to me that you’re really a customer-friendly organization. Note that the reason I’m posting this to facebook, twitter & my company’s website (elophotos.com) is so that you would be more conscious of the hundreds of unsatisfied SWIFT customers that have given up on airing their issues. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get this resolved.

If you feel my 3-6month complimentary internet service is too much, pls consider giving me a refund of the N1200 I wasted on that faithful day (coffee & croissant N700, transport to & from swift office N200, 104mins of hotspot airtime N280, panadol for headache N20). I have been kind enough not to include a refund of what 1 hour of my time costs. If you choose to refund me the N1200, pls kindly include with it a refund of the amount I paid for the 4G modem as I would be returning the modem never to use your services again. My name is Seun Akisanmi & I can be reached on 08023008873 or seunakisanmi@elophotos.com

For every “unsatisfied” SWIFT Networks customer reading this, pls kindly send your grievances to their customer care email and let’s pray they address them. Customercare@swiftng.com

Feel free to share this on your social media network and let’s hope we get a SWIFT response.

Photos of MASS PROTEST AGAINST THE REMOVAL OF FUEL SUBSIDY: DAY 1


My head aches. I’m so tired. If you had inhaled the marijuana I inhaled today, you’ll be as tired as I am now. Don’t get me wrong, it was the marijuana being smoked by some of the area boys protesting at Ojota today. It was something else. Most people didn’t expect that type of turnout from citizens. The last time the streets of Lagos where this empty on a monday morning was probably during the strikes that happened in Ibrahim Babangida’s regime.

I was one of the photographers that arrived before 9am. BBC, Associated Press & every major tv station in Nigeria were present (AIT, NTA,TVC, & CHANNELS). Present at the protest were celebrities from Nollywood and the music industry (Jide Kosoko, 9ice, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti just to mention a few). Almost everyone was chanting the removal of one that has recently been named the “most cursed president” of our time, JONATHAN GOODLUCK. The protest continues tomorrow and we’ll be there to cover it. Cameras used were olympus e500 with 14-42mm lens & olympus e520 with 50-200mm SWD lens. Enough of my story, let the pictures tell you what went down.

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Finally, eloMakeup joins the blogging community


After weeks of negotiations, we’re please to announce that our sister company has finally agreed to join the community of bloggers. Truth is, they have so much beauty & makeup tips to share that it would have been unfair to mankind if they had not come onboard. Check them out at elomakeup.wordpress.com & let them know what you honestly think.
First it was eloPhotos, now it is eloMakeup; watch out for eloFashion

A LESSON FROM THE MOUSE


Got this from a friend online

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”The mouse turned to the pig and told him “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.” The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.” So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many! People came for her funeral; the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember: when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry. God bless you BIG Pls Share your thoughts.

Pick up that FROG


The unique day had finally arrived: 11-11-11. I was waiting at the abuja local airport lounge for my recently-delayed Aero flight back to Lagos. I had just met an intelligent I.T. lady by the name Chenemi (it means GOD IS MINE). Along came a frog and stood right in front of my seat as if trying to admire my handsomeness (hope there’s such a word) or Chenemi’s beauty. “Gross”, “Eeew”, “Nasty” were the expressions it quickly solicited from passengers around me. Without thinking, Chenemi quickly raised her legs while simultaneously muttering the word “Gross”. I think the frog was still in its “toddler” years because it seemed quite small to me; only about 3-4 inches while outstretched in the jumping position. Unknown to Chenemi, the frog had actually visited my presence 10mins earlier. It was kicked to another area of the lounge by a middle-aged reverend sitting right across me. Unlike a dove that almost never revisit the spot in which it experienced a form of hostility, this frog was bent on proving a point. Without giving it much thought, I quickly reached out for the frog with my bare hands (am I courageous or what) and grabbed a piece of paper from my pocket and proceeded to dispose of the frog. I don’t believe I was cruel to the frog; I just felt it didn’t belong in that particular gathering of humans. The best place I could find to dispose the frog was a nearby enclosed dustbin. By the way, I washed my hands immediately after relocating the frog; I didn’t want to shake my new friend, Chenemi, goodbye with a “froggy” hand. I got back to my sit and suddenly became hero to the few people around me that witnessed my heroic deed. I was reminded of that scene in Captain America when a grenade was “activated” and Captain America quickly dived to “relocate” the grenade so that it would not harm his fellow comrades. Now that was a real soldier. Don’t know if I can be that heroic though. Either way, I became a hero that just saved the emotional (and maybe physical) lives of those around me. A nursing mother sitting beside me quickly muttered “You’re quite brave”. I smiled and told her that I was used to resolving issues that people around me refuse to resolve. This was no different. Come to think of it, that would have been a perfect moment to ask Chenemi out on a date. I’m sure there was a 90% chance that she will not turn down the request of this new-found hero with “husband” potentials. But I was already married to the love of my life and that wasn’t an option. Just thinking though. It occurred to me at that moment that a lot of us have grossy, eeewy & nasty issues & problems hanging around us. We complain about the problem and wait & pray for a hero that will come resolve them. In most cases, we are the answer to the problem. We can pick up the frogs, dispose of them “properly” and move on with our lives. Now I’m not asking you to pick up a python if you find one in your premises; I’ll probably run as fast as possible from such…..or maybe I can just be the David of the day, u know, the one that killed Goliath. I don’t think motivational speaking (or writing) is my gift but the buttom line is that we should be “bold” in resolving a lot of problems/issues around us. Instead of just praying for a hero that will come to save us, let’s save ourselves. I’m not ruling out the fact that there are situations that only God alone can be our deliverer…..but God will not come down to PICK UP THAT FROG. At the end of the day, the bold ones will stand out and be rewarded for their “heroic” deeds. So go ahead, PICK UP THAT FROG…..enough said

FINALLY!!! IT IS OFFICIAL


It is OFFICIAL. I’m now a blogger. Finally!! I’ve procrastinated for too long. Finally, here’s where you can keep in touch with me & my weekly activities. If there’s a question or issue you want us to resolve, you could blurt it out to me at info@elophotos.com and I’ll do my best to resolve it. Forgive me if the blog is not as fancy as others you might have come across, but I welcome fresh ideas. Here’s to wishing you the best in 2011. I look forward to keeping you posted.

Photographically yours,

OLUWASEUN Akisanmi