When Parents Are WRONG For The RIGHT Reasons


Recently I met with a parent who wanted to send his daughter to eloPhotos Academy. She had recently finished her WAEC exams and was waiting to do another exam next year. In the words of the parent, “we want her to while away time doing photography”.

I explained to the man that the training we offer is not for people who want to while away time. The training program offered at eloPhotos Academy is for those who have made a deliberate and conscious decision to follow diligently the pathway of photography till they discover the beauty of the light at the end of the tunnel. I told the parent that his investment in the training will be worthwhile if photography was what the daughter wanted as compared to forcing her to go and learn photography just to pass away time.

I would eventually ask the potential student why she was considering coming for a training in photography. Her response was surprisingly short: “that’s what they want me to do”. Something about the tone and mannerism that was expressed by her gave me the indication that eloPhotos Academy won’t enjoy training such a person.

Gone are the days when parents will instill their career of choice upon their children under the guise of “obey your parents in the Lord”. Gone are the days when most parents dreams & prayer is for their children to grow up to become doctors, lawyers, architects and bankers. If a child in 1980 were to declare to his parents that he wanted to be a comedian when he was grown, the parents might either give him “igbati”, cast out the demon in the child, or declare that their child was JOKING. We all know that now the comedy industry isn’t a joke.

Getting an education is good and I’m sure most parents mean well. What isn’t good is to ignore the innate abilities of a child and instill into their hearts the career we UNCONSCIOUSLY SELFISHLY want. The boy that seems to be prone to “destroying” gadgets as a small boy might be showing traits of an engineer. Such a child would most likely be unfulfilled if he ends up in the banking industry regardless of the money he makes.

This is the reason why I don’t shout on my daughter when it seems as if she’s talking “too much” or asking too much questions. Who knows, she might end up being a lawyer instead of the photographer that her dad is or the makeup artist that the mum is.

For this reason, we’ve added a pre-requisite assignment that must be done before we can consider admitting anyone to the 6 months program we run. One must write a 500-words minimum article on what a day in one’s life will be in 2020. There’s a probability that if you can’t see yourself in the 2020 photography industry, then perhaps spending 6 months in a photography school might not be a worthwhile use of your time especially if you just finished accumulating over 20 years of education.

I have a funny feeling we might not be admitting the daughter whose parents are forcing her to come study photography. As much as we need the money they’ll be paying, we’ll be saving the parents N150k of their money to use for other things. I’ll prefer if the desire to learn photography is coming from the daughter’s heart as compared to coming from the parents’ heart. But then again, what do I know: I’m just an accounting graduate who happens to find fulfillment in walking in his dream career: PHOTOGRAPHY
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PHOTOGRAPHY: A Profession for the UNLEARNED?


“So what do you do for a living?”, the kind gentleman by the steering of the Toyota Hilux asked the pretty babe he just gave a ride.

“I’m a photographer,” she replied. There was silence for about 15 seconds. As if trying to understand the correlation with being a beautiful lady and being a photographer, the gentleman was momentarily short of words.

“Is it that you are unlearned that’s why you chose photography? Didn’t you go to school?” The seemingly-insulting questions were short of making the “babe” burst out in laughter. She smiled at him.

“Actually, I studied Nursing but decided to pursue my passion. The course I studied was to please my parents and the career path I chose was to please myself. You should know also that my boss studied Accounting but practices as a PHOTOGRAPHER.” Her response surprised him. Another 18 seconds silence ensued.

“Most definitely your boss must have some sort of connections to be a photographer. Perhaps one of his contacts will just give him ONE job and it will be worth N1million. Because I don’t see how someone without any connections can make it as a photographer.” That was his logical reason & response.

Fast forward to 4 hours later when the beautiful babe will finally report the incident to me. I smiled. This wasn’t the first time people would imply that photography as a career option was for the jobless and uneducated.

If only they know Kelechi Amadi-Obi who studied Law but practices as a photographer. If only they know Shola Animashaun who studied Accounting and practices as a photographer. If only they know Femi Adewuyi who studied Medicine but practices as a photographer. If only they know Kikelomo Koleosho, Wani Olatunde, Michael Adebiyi, Lara Tiamiyu, Abayomi Siffre, Leke Adenuga, Olalekan Okeowo, Afolabi Oloyede, Lilian Isioro, Olamide Bakare, Seyi Body-Lawson and other great men & women of photography in Nigeria. If only they know….

These are all people who spent at least 4 years in a higher institution (not including the extra years ASUU went on strike) just to come out to pursue their real passion: PHOTOGRAPHY. Hopefully the world will soon realize that the creative arts is an industry that’s here to stay. Not for the jobless and uneducated, but for those for want to live their dream and make a path where there hasn’t been any.

If only he knew that my name is Oluwaseun Akisanmi and I am proud to be PHOTOGRAPHER.