MOHAMMED-SAHEED “AYO” BUSARI.

With Ayo Busari there is certainly more than meets the eye. While he’s very popular for his thriving photography, and his experiments with filmography, this I tell you is just the tip of the iceberg of what he can do.

  
Like did you know, he designs graphics, writes poems, songs and articles from time to time! Me I’m one person that’s all about transcending society’s bounds and living above already established status quo (Check out Nnamdi,and  Meka also ), because of that, it shouldn’t be hard to see why I am in awe of this young man Busari. Doing well in a society that has made us to believe if you do more than one thing you can never do any well.

Fueled by his love for art and nature, and his dream to see people of color earn major recognition in the global art industry, he has chosen to study journalism and media. 
Ayo drives himself to do more, to be more by teaching himself most of what he knows. “It’s just practice and practice.”, He said. But not without adding  “and few sleepless nights.” His motto being if I try, I can it is not hard to see why he can do well in a bunch of things.

When asked what he’ll like the world to know, this is what he has to say, “I’m just a camera boy who loves art and nature, I am always trying to capture moments in words and images.” 

Well Ayo has captured my admiration, love and respect this night. If you asked me this feature was long overdue. But I’m glad I waited. So now anyone reading this would know Ayo Busari is more than just about photography. Ayo is trying to make an impact! One project at a time. 

In the mean time, his short film, Zanto the strange man drops anytime soon. You can be sure I’ll keep you posted. Do look forward to it.

   
 

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#CUISBEAUTIFUL: photos taken by Itseme Akede.

Itseme is a very dear friend who loves to write. Other times when she’s not writing or in school, she designs clothing and takes pictures. 

  
Her attraction to nature is probably what sets her apart as a photographer. She has an eye for beautiful landscapes. 

   
 
What I love most about these photos, is the clarity of the images and overall feeling they provoke.

   
 
I hope she is found by some NatGeo-resque magazine or at least wins the CUisbeautuful competition. 

  
Is it because I am biassed towards nature? Or because she my friend?  It’s more than that. 

I hope so because she is diligent, humble and deserving of every good that’ll come her way as a result of her craft! 

Cheers.. 

TOO QUICK- BY OVIE EMEKENE.

Did I move too quick?

Maybe I did .

It still doesn’t change the view.

It was me talking.

But it wasn’t me actin. 

My body wasn’t after sh*t.

But my head,

 

Got over the head.

Maybe I’d live to regret it.

But tell me you didn’t feel it too.

I’m sorry for too many quick actions,

But I’m not sorry for being with you. 

I look forward to seeing you again.

Just know it’s no tribute to Walker.

Yours truly,
The horrible poet.

WHO IS OUT TO GET YOU? – Aduni Ade. 

People feel someone is out to get them. In church they pray fire to fire, every witch and wizard must die. Are they really the ones against you? Or you just want to blame them cause of their objectives?

Sometimes, we don’t know we are the ones against ourselves. I’m not trying to say they don’t exist, they, witches and wizards, do, they are everywhere, but we keep blaming them for our misfortunes, our downfall, even when we are at fault. 

We always feel someone is out to get us, someone is against us, someone is trying to kill us. Okay why do we think so? why do we feel so? What wrong did we commit making them after us?

There’s this saying, “make peace with all men.” If we do, we have peace. Are you making peace with men? Are you at peace with all? If yes, why do you now think someone is out there.

PAUSE. Other reasons maybe, they, others that is, are jealous of our success or anythig concerning us, but why? Can’t we be successful? hmmmm, I keep thinking. 

OR don’t you think its how we treat them or what we say concerning our success that matters. If we brag they will surely want our downfall, if we don’t they still may. lol i said”they still may”.

In this life, people will wish to be you, will wish to live the life you are living, they would want to be better than you by all means and when you get even better they will still want to bring you down because they want to be better than you. still it’s how you treat them, how you make them feel..

I don’t think anyone is out to get us when we know we did no wrong, but then again PAUSE,

you never know who the wicked ones are.

-Adunni Ade (Twitter /ig @mhiz_great) 

Editors note: while it is true that there are people who are uncomfortable with your success, people who hate and want to see you do badly, I don’t believe they have any power over us.

Whether we fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but ours.

Photo source.

FOCUS:THE THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER. Photo journal by Raymond Okhidievbie. 

I just had a word with @rothevisualist concerning his work in progress, FOCUS. 

Raymond is already known for his oil paintings, photography, graphic designs and other art projects. 

This however, is unlike any work he’s ever done before. 

FOCUS is his first photo journal which consists of images set with clear focus on various objects, places or people.

The images, are symbolic in nature and consist of deeper than surface value and meaning. Symbols, he says that should matter to humans and should be focused on in the course of one’s life.

Because people can look at things and get different meanings, Raymond would be accompanying with each image, text containing explanations on what the images depict. 

As mentioned earlier, the work is still in progress, but being quite familiar with his work, I know this is something to anticipate. 

When it is released, I would let you know and give you the link as well. 

In the meantime, go follow @rothevisualist. And enjoy his beautiful art gallery in the form of his Instagram feed. 

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PHOTOS EDITED BY NENYE.

The following photos caught my eye and I decided to post them here with permission of the one who edited them.

These photos were edited by Nenye Ekekezie an aspiring photographer among many other things whose love for nature has led her to capture and edit awesome photos! 

   
    
 
   
   
I love art! Writing to me is just one of its many forms. While I have not yet mastered the art of taking wonderful pictures, I love to see a good photo. 

Feel free to contribute your work here on my blog! 

MEET MEKA NWOKE! 

If you’ve ever wondered how best you could balance all spheres of your life and still be at the top of your game in each, this post is for you. As the person I’ll be introducing in a bit has tasted lots of success in that area. 

About a week ago..(there’s that line that made us all go nuts, just wondering does it still affect you?), I saw this on Twitter. 

   
 And I just had to thank him you know. Because I feel that the way the world is, anyone who contributes positive content has to be appreciated and supported.

“Who’s Meka Nwoke!?”, I wondered and I decided to lurk by his Twitter images. What i discovered was that He is a smart, active, intelligent young man who’s interested in making a difference in the society. I found out that he writes just like myself to and this was not just some wolfish cry. 

I decided to hit him up and I started speaking with him. You know there are some people you across and it’s like you’ve found gold, but when you start speaking with them you realize its more than just gold. I’ve struck platinum!! That was how I felt all the while I discussed with Meka! And meeting him is already part of the highlights of 2015 for me.

I realized we do have a lot in common. He is someone that wants to be heard. And not just by making noise, but by challenging youth to live and “think beyond the conventional way that our society has molded us to.”

He told me that he started speaking at gatherings while still in secondary school, and only started writing this year. Like you probably already know, such wasn’t an easy task but he kept at it because he knows what he’s doing can better the life of all who listen. From that experience and many others, he’s been able to develop the discipline one needs to do hard things. The discipline one needs to make and follow through one’s goals. Which is why he’s a trusted person to listen to as regard such.

He’s a very social person, and When asked how he’s able to balance, work, school and activities, he told me that’s one of the reason he’s itching to be heard. He wants people know that you can be hardworking, cool, have fun and still be academically successful. (something i can relate to as in my last year at high school I was deeply involved in sports, kept lots of friends and was still able to pull through.) “it’s all about discipline, proper time planning and goal setting, hard work, impeccable focus and of course some blood sweat and tears”, he says 

One of his tips to succeeding in your goals is that you have to want it badly, but not just that, you have to be prepared to put in the effort as wanting it is not just enough. And with his YouTube Channel, he’d be sharing more practical ways on how he does it and how you can as well. 
I asked him on his opinions on what of my favorite topics of all time, Nigeria and its current generation of youth. His alacrity shocked me! And his response was one of the most genuine, refreshing and coherently formed I’ve heard in a while. 

According to him, many look at advances in technology and immediately deduce the future is bright, but if the youth of today don’t wake up to their responsibilities, and think beyond the norm how then can we be sure of a brighter future? 

He says, ” we see youth talk about how corrupt our government is, but we still see corruption amongst the youths when put in positions of authority at their educational institutions and other places.” Our actions are a reflection of what we think and this just shows that there’s a lot of negativity in the minds of people. 

Then again, he believes that he can’t just sit idly and wait for change! He has to do something because he understands the principle, “all change begins with me.” 

And so that’s another major reason he’s doing this. 

I told him that I know and pray that with the actions of other people like himself and I, the positive we so direly need is not so farfetched.

Meka Nwoke, is someone to watch out for! His Twitter and Instagram handles are both @MekaYMG and be sure to follow him. Also, feel free to speak with him about what he does incase you’d like to know more. He’s very friendly and easy to talk to. 

His first video, on the impact of self discovery on academic success is right here https://youtu.be/wQKhC6ieaKY. 

Thank you for reading and do subscribe to his channel! 

DEMOLA ‘DEMOLATHEDIRECTOR’ FALOMO. 

In my opinion, Director X, Clarence Peters and Demola Falomo have one major thing in common!

If you didn’t already know, it’s the fact that they’re all directors and have a deep love for what they do. 

For this post however, I would be focussing on my favorite of the three. Demola Falomo, or as we love to call him, demolathedirector.

Demola Falomo, is a young college student, an alumni of dansol high school and a budding director/cinematographer. 

According to him, it started close to 2 years ago, as a result of his love for audio and pictures. And even learnt and practiced both at a time. 

His urge to provide meaningful content and to pass helpful messages through his work pushed him even further. And that’s how he ended up in cinematography. Where he is blending his expertise in audio and pictures for our viewing pleasure.

His motivation include his knowledge of him being special and having something unique to offer, and his desire to be a positive influence to all around him. 

A major challenge he’s faced though, is shooting and editing in a short time frame because he loves perfection. In his words, “I like my things perfect. And trying to achieve perfection + time tight space = challenge” 

His advice to other young directors and cinematographers is to be patient. Both with yourself and your actors. Your actors especially. Because they won’t always get that scene or story exactly how you want it! But with patience and tolerance. 
Below, are the link to some of my favorite works of his. 

This one right here, is the first one I watched.

Here’s the latest, Afope a story of lost opportunity.

This here, is the link to his first short story. A scary morning. 

Youtu.be/jaAkgArrMNU

At the moment, he’s working on a new one, And I know it’ll be nothing short of good. 

Demola, I hope you never lose your zeal. I hope you pursue your dreams but not just for yourself this time, but also for those who’ll be expecting you to do great and those who your work you’ll influence. 

  
We believe in you. 

I want to end with the words of a popular young photographer, “get to know him now, or famz later”. 

It’s your choice. 

*yells cut! 

MEET GUINEVERE AGU. 

If you follow my blog, you’ll notice that today, I did something new. I posted pictures under the contribution section. Well here’s who I got the idea from. 

  
I came across Guinevere’s instagram feed today and I must say it was love at first sight! I couldn’t help but hit the follow button. The follow button Ofcourse. 

  
Maybe it’s because I love high definition pictures. Maybe it’s because I love creativity. Which ever it is you’re interested in, you’re sure to find on Guinevere’s feed as it is a unique blend of creativity and beauty. 

  
Speaking with Guinevere today on her love photography, she said it’s a hobby she started about a year ago. 

With each picture, she’s getting better but that notwithstanding, she’s doing all she can to be able to fine tune her work and turn it into something bigger in the future. 
  

She says it could be a photography brand. It could be an art gallery as well. 

That’s not certain for now and it doesn’t need to be.

What’s certain to me is that whatever she decides to do, It’ll be great! 

    

There’s not much else to say, I think the pictures say it all. 
  
  
Follow her instagram account @guinevere.agu for more of her pictures! 

  
  

All pictures have been posted here with her permission.