It is becoming less and less obvious that we are over glamorizing entrepreneurship. With entrepreneurship growing in global popularity, everyone wants to be a boss; a lot of graduates don’t even bother looking for white collar jobs anymore. Those already working can’t wait to quit and become ‘my own boss’.
The idea of working for one’s self is just too appealing to resist. But if someone told you that you had to work for 2-5 years and barely make profit would you do it?
Even if you make 10-60K a year, depending on your business, there are expenses that can far outweigh the cash you bring in and at the end of the day your books can close with you taking home barely a dime.
If someone told you that you’d work harder than you ever had to work at any other job, would you do it?
If someone told you that you’d have many panicked mornings wondering what’s next, where’s the money gonna come from and how the hell are you gonna find the strength to keep going and keep working when there’s no guaranteed profit at the end of the week or month would you keep going?
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Forbes Magazine has released a special issue that features essays, lessons, and ideas for the next 100 years from today’s most influential business leaders around the world. This feature was released to mark Forbes' 100th anniversary.
The 100 quotes are meant to inspire and inform future entrepreneurs, the generation that will build and shape the next century.
While creating the list, Forbes included people who have either created something with a lasting impact on the world or innovated in a way that transcends their given field.
The notable honorees on the world’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds list include: Giorgio Armani, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Bono, Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jack Dorsey, Bill Gates, Paul McCartney, Rupert Murdoch, Elon Musk, Miuccia Prada, Shonda Rhimes, Sheryl Sandberg, Carlos Slim, Donald Trump, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Welch, Mark Zuckerberg, Martha Stewart, among others.
Check out the quotes from the six African Americans on the list:
Sean “Diddy” Combs:
If I give the customers my best and service them differently, whether music, clothing or vodka, I’ll get a return on my hard work.
I’d said to my partner Stedman, ‘What am I going to talk about for ten days and ten nights at Nelson Mandela’s house?’ And Stedman said, ‘Why don’t you try listening?’
We ran our business differently and it worked–we paid our workers based on profitability, with bonuses based on aspirational targets.
Storytelling remains basic: It’s just a campfire, the human connection that says you’re not alone.
If you’re present and awake, you become this great thinker, this great worker. You become a fine-tuned machine.
Berry Gordy, Jr:
If you do the right thing, the right thing will come to you.
Read the full article on www.forbes.com.
I don't recommend that anyone drops out of school and I'm a big believer in school, there is hope however, if you've not been able to complete high school. The ultimate goal and dream of every Nigerian parent is to see their children go to school, earn a degree, get a high paying job, (every one prays for Oil Company) and live happily ever after. The rate of current unemployment is seriously countering that dream.
Jim Rohn opined, “Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune”. For ‘morale high’ and IQ boost sakes, here is a list of Nigerian millionaires that surprisingly didn’t complete school.
Orji Uzor Kalu: Chairman of SLOK Holding and the Daily Sun and New Telegraph newspapers in Nigeria, he served as the governor of Abia State in Nigeria from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007. He was rusticated from university for his participation in a student protest. Though he was later granted Amnesty by the school authority, he rejected it and chose to become an entrepreneur.
Razak Akanni Okoya: is a billionaire industrialist and Aare of Lagos. He had his only formal education at Ansar-un-deen Primary School, Oke popo, Lagos. He is the owner and founder of Eleganza group of companies, which has a market spanning Western Africa.
Cletus Madubugwu Ibeto: Ibeto’s educational story is an inspiring one. The story is best captured by Dimgba Igwe of ‘The Sun’ and it goes as follows:
“On January 22 1966, the 13 year old Cletus Madubuegwu Ibeto, was in high spirits. He was going to crusader secondary school, Isingwu Amachala Umuahia, following in the footsteps of his two older brothers’. His box of new cloths and provision were all packed and his friends gathered to bid him farewell. His elder sibling Cyril arrived and went to have a discussion with his father for over 30minutes, he came with a message from their maternal uncle. Soon after Cyril left, Ibeto’s world crashed. His father had made a decision. Ibeto would not be going to secondary school again. A man should not put all his eggs in one basket. His two sons were already in secondary school; his last son should choose a different path. Shocked, deflated and traumatized, Ibeto resorted to all the tricks on the world, refusing to eat for days, climbing trees as if he would jump to his death crying inconsolably. But his father had made his decision. He probably felt his life was over then but now you can’t mention 10of Nigeria’s richest men without mentioning Ibeto.
Mrs Folorunsho Alakija – (Famfa Oil) – Richest woman in Africa did not attend university. When asked she said;
“If I had the opportunity of going to the university, maybe I would have come out with a second class upper or lower but that didn’t happen; that wasn’t to be my destiny,” she said.
“I would have loved to go to the university as we all know that university education is good but some of us who have not gone, it is not the end of the world”, she added.
Olamide Ayeni-Babajide, the founder of Pearl Recycling, a social-enterprise, recycling solid wastes into beautiful works of art, is doing her bits to restore the Nigerian environment.
With waste products like tyres, bottles, newspapers, magazines, straws, plastic cutleries, wood, unused CD tapes, sea-shells and every other solid waste products, Olamide makes beautiful usable household products.
She studied Computer Engineering, but found her passion in creative works of arts like gathering waste products and recycling it into furniture for homes, offices and social functions.
In a documentary aired by ChannelsTV, Olamide explained that she decided to tackle waste differently than the way the government was tackling it.
“I noticed that waste is a general problem. Waste management is a problem in Nigeria that we’ve not been able to find a solution. Most times, we see government coming up with sanctions, threats and penalties and it’s not working. So, I felt, the best way to make it work is to find a solution where people can make money out of waste or turn waste to something good”
According to the company’s website, they are different from everyday interior furniture/décor merchants.
“Ours is a different blend of interior crafting where exquisite and off the shelf home, office and personal furniture and decors are made from recycled products like woods, bottles and metals. We make Tables, Chairs, Wall mirrors, Wall Frames and Flower vases from unused materials.”
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No, this article is not feminist. Facts here are based on research. But it doesn’t mean I’m apologizing for the sting in male eyes (and egos) reading this. Try to ignore the gender favouritism clouding your mind and be enlightened.
According to the most recent research, women make better entrepreneurs than men. This is as a result of many traits and characters owned by women which men do not have. Despite the fact that most start-ups are founded by men, the ones started by females have very much succeeded as compared to those started by men.
Women are much more aware and emotionally intelligent about the human side of the business.
Humanity and business are colliding. We all need to run our businesses with much greater consideration for the people we interact with, our employees, our customers, our suppliers etc. Women seem to get this inherently. They want to make the world a better place. They understand the more emotive aspect of doing business and that is why they understand their customers. In an era where connecting and engaging are highly sought after by customers, women have a very distinct advantage over men.
Women are less prone to self-confidence
While 70% of men are confident their business will succeed, 40% of women don’t feel that way. This makes men reluctant when it comes to “saving for rainy days”, Unlike women who are much aware of the 50-50 chance of their business succeeding or failing, thus coming up with better strategies of avoiding business failure.
Women are better calculated risk takers
Research shows 87% of women see themselves as financial risk takers (talk about Arese), compared to 73% of men. And while 80% of women say they are likely to see opportunities where others see risk, 67% of men say otherwise.
Women are more likely to invest on long term business ideas
While 47% of women would invest in business ideas that can take up to 6 six years for the business to grow and sustain itself, 30% of men would invest in such long term ideas. Research shows majority of men would rather start a business which will start generating profits as soon as possible.Read More
The article ‘Eastern OAPs lack personal branding’ got more negative feedbacks than we would have liked. But it can’t be about what we like; it’s about the undiluted truth. That truth sparking enough reaction to elicit change in the hearts of our target audience. In the midst of all the backlash however, a warm spirit reached out and gave us a much needed positive feedback. Chidera Rosecamille Aneke, a beautiful and hardworking OAP with darling FM Owerri, shone a bright light in a somewhat ‘dark corner’.
An information enthusiast, willing to learn every single thing it takes to build her empire, certified Camille is the OAP influencing lives via her ‘Certified Show’ on darling FM Owerri. We hope you find satisfaction reading this as we did picking her brain.
Thank you for taking time to talk to us, Tell us a bit about yourself
Certified Camille: My name is Chidera Rosecamille Aneke. I am a graduate of Education/English at the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Akwa Anambra State.
When did the media journey start for you?
Certified Camille: The media journey for me started the moment I started listening to the defunct Cosmo FM Enugu. I remember back then I would organize my sisters in the living room to interview them while acting as the host of the show. LOL Officially, the media journey for me started in 2014 with radio Benue where I was the anchor of NYSC forum on radio.
Did you receive support from your family?
Certified Camille: Yes I did. My mum always knew I had a thing for the spotlight. I always went for music auditions, so she was glad radio took me away from music. So yes, I got all the support I needed from my family.
That’s good to know. What challenges did you face as a fresh OAP?
Certified Camille: Oh, that’s a big one. The very first challenge I faced as a fresh OAP was not having a mentor to guide me and mould me properly at my first place of work. I had a certain standard I wanted to attain and I needed already established people in the media to walk me through. So I had to schedule private classes with one of my mentors Sydney Aneke (big syd). I also listened to BBC radio1 and watched a lot of videos.
Does being an OAP intrude in your personal life?
Certified Camille: Yes it actually does. Most times, there are things I would love to do but if I remember I’ll go on air and ask someone not to do something like that, it withholds me from doing those things. Also, being a brand that some people look up to, I try not to let them down.
What does being “media personality mean to you?”
Certified Camille: aha! Being a media personality to me is being that one person who has the absolute power to touch millions of lives, shape minds and cause a mind shift among the listeners to help them make informed choices. It’s about being that one person that can make people happy.
What do you think makes you famous?
Certified Camille: I think it has to do with my name ‘Certified Camille’, my ability to network easily and my warm personality.
What has been your favorite part about working in the Media Industry?
Certified Camille: My favorite part about working in the media industry is being able to meet influential people whom ordinarily I wouldn’t have been able to meet if I wasn’t in the media.
Which media personality do you look up to?
Certified Camille: Richard quest.
Do you think Nigerian OAP’s show us a fake life on social media?
Certified Camille: YES O! Some OAPs actually display a ‘make believe’ life on social media. Some put out the very warm and accommodating personalities online, but when you meet them in person it’s a different story entirely. Thumbs up to the ones who stay real.
Why are there few OAP’s in the East with nationwide recognition and endorsements?
Certified Camille: OAP’s in the southeast are yet to discover the power of networking and the benefits of personal branding. Brands only endorse people who will be able to represent the brand, commandeer a certain amount of audience and make a reasonable impact in people towards their products.
Nobody endorses someone who can’t even make 10 people retweet a tweet on twitter. If we start seeing ourselves as potential ambassadors and putting ourselves on the map then surely brands will pick interest. I love what fabulous Gloria has been able to do with her brand. I am also working so hard to put the brand ‘certified Camille’ out there.
Have you made an impact through campaigns since you became an OAP?
Certified Camille: Yes I have. In October 2016, I organized an event for young students in Aguata lga of Anambra state to prepare them for life after secondary school. The aim of the event was to help these young teenagers make informed choices about their future.
Also during the ‘World Hepatitis Day’ in 2016 and 2017 respectively, I effectively used the media to create awareness and educate people on health issues.
What is your super power?
Arrrrrrghhh super power!! Super power!! Aha! Being able to counsel and advice people. I have talked many people out of depression. I thank God for that gift.
Would you quit being an OAP to marry the love of your life?
Certified Camille: The love of my life should know that radio is my first love taadaah!
Do you think women are better OAP’s than their male counterparts?
Certified Camille: Female OAPs are as good as the male OAPs, I dislike the comparism.
As a media personality would you say you fully utilize the power of the social media?
Certified Camille: Of course I do. Radio has gone beyond sitting behind the box and talking to an audience who might never get a chance to see what you look like. It has become quite interactive and the audience sometimes becomes a part of the media personality’s life.
Radio has gone social and so have I. I might not have explored deeply the power of social media but one thing I can tell you is that I am a social media freak so there you have it!
Are you in a relationship?
Certified Camille: LOL AT THE MOMENT NO.
What’s your taste in music?
Certified Camille: I am a music fanatic. I listen to any ‘good music’ but I’ll choose hip-hop any day mahn.
Tell us about your most embarrassing moment on radios
My most embarrassing moment was casting news from an electronic gadget and it went off while I was still reading out the news …haaaaa!! I had to apologize to my listeners, it was quite embarrassing.
I also recall sometime my mom called the studio line during a programme while I was on air with my colleagues (because my private line wasn’t going through) and then she said, ‘I want to speak to my daughter Chidera”!!! hhahahahha My co anchor had to tell her that her daughter was okay.
Find out more about Certified Camille on her social media. Follow her on instagram @Certifiedcamille
ABOUT THE WRITER
Chisom Winifred is a creative writer and a wordsmith. She believes in expressing herself through written words.
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Precious Moloi-Motsepe is Executive Chairperson of African Fashion International (AFI), a company that promotes fashion designers from Africa and enterprise development in the fashion industry. AFI also empowers disadvantaged women from townships through the Design For Life initiative that supports education and diagnosis of breast cancer in women from rural communities.
Precious’s commitment to social change was sparked by 20 years of experience as a General Practitioner with a special interest in women’s health.
Her passion for global health issues led to the creation of the Johannesburg-based Motsepe Family Foundation which aims to empower poorer communities in South Africa through health and education.
Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe has broken a record for being the first recipient of the Fashion 4 Development Franca Sozzani Award.
This prestigious international award was launched in honour of Sozzani, the late former Vogue Italia editor, and recognises Moloi-Motsepe’s “considerable efforts in connecting, creating and promoting African fashion designers, and opening up new avenues for disadvantaged women”
Good looking out to her!
Since the time of Mo’hits records to the now Mavin records, Don Jazzy has been responsible for the creation of the biggest stars in Nigeria – some of who later become international acts.
Don Jazzy, Michael Collins Ajereh, has made his mark in the Nigerian music industry for over a decade now, and there is still so much about the star that stays as an enigma to many Nigerians.
Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Don Jazzy.
He had humble beginnings
Before Don Jazzy became the top shot that he now is today, he came from a very simple beginning. He was born in Umuahia and stayed there for a while until his family moved to Ajegunle. It was there that he was raised for the better part of his life. He even studied at the Federal Government College Lagos. He even worked as a security guard at one point of his life.
Music has always been with him
Music did not just creep up on Don Jazzy. He has always been with music. Right when he was just four, he got a flair for music, singing and started playing the drums. This he did for his church for a good period of time. At the age of 12, he also developed a passion for the bass guitar. He literally grew up with music.
He is a big time oil investor
If you thought Don Jazzy was all about music alone, then you are quite wrong. Unlike the celebrities that spent all their cash on luxury living and ostentatious spending, Don Jazzy understands the dynamics of the changing entertainment industry. He knows how to invest his money. Majority of such investments go into oil as he has a number of fuel tankers to his name.
He has collaborated with big time stars
This is not so much surprising since some of his stars have gone ahead to do big things with other stars across the world. For one, he collaborated with Jay Z and Kanye West on the production of Lift Off, featuring Beyoncé on the album watch the throne, released in 2011. He is certainly a top shot.
He has received a number of awards
Don Jazzy is by himself, a well-recognized individual for obvious reasons. He has also received a good number of awards and has a few trophies to his name. A highlight of the many awards, however, has to be when in 2015, he was awarded the People Entertainment Award and the Special Recognition Award for his contribution to the music industry. He is the definition of star for sure.
He is actually quite shy
It seems ironic that the same person who has made a name for himself very publicly in the entertainment scene, is one very shy person. But it is so true. He is so shy, it is the reason he wears sunglasses around so much. Who would have known?!
We received a mail. An Enugu based pencil artist just won ‘The most Artistic Personality in Nigeria.” I jumped on it. My curiosity is always hyper when it comes to young successful entrepreneurs. Cookey ibim an UNN student just won the best pencil artist at the teen choice awards. A phrase in the post read 'he has made coal city proud'. Indeed. I had to talk to him. I searched and found him on instagram and slid down his dm. (In the professional way). He agreed to meet up for a little chat.
Fast forward to today, I was getting a bit worried, he's running 10 mins late. I called to politely check if he scrapped us off his calendar, and he politely informed me his 'ride' was a little late. Ride ke? There's no uber in Enugu na. It was a full 30mins before he could locate our building. I knew I was in for a treat when I asked him to describe where he was atm and he said 'I'm parked in front of a low plane building.
I met a smiling young man 5mins later. Not at all stressed for the little gulder ultimate search of locating the building, he walked in, we shook hands and took the seat I had planned for him to sit on. Instincts.. I knew this was about to go down well.
Here's what we talked about;
Thank you for talking with us. Tell us a bit about yourself?
Cookey: My name is Ibim Cookey and I’m a native of Opobo in Rivers state Nigeria. I’m a fresh graduate of the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus from the department of architecture and I am a pencil artist.
How did you get started with pencil drawing?
Cookey: Well, I started with the basic comic books sort of drawing in secondary school and I developed myself with time. I ventured into pencil arts and portraiture fully in 2014. That was the year I got admission into school. Initially, I wanted to study fine arts in school, but my family wasn’t so supportive of that idea. To them the best I could be in that line was a road side artist with a ‘buy your portraits here’ sign in front of my shop and for an average Nigerian parent, that doesn’t really spell out as success.
So they encouraged me to change my mind. But I still wanted something connected with drawing. When I was to register for JAMB, I told the lady at the internet café that I wanted a course related to drawing and she suggested architecture, I agreed. I had no idea then that architecture was more of engineering but am glad am done with it. Although, I feel like I still need to get back to school to get a second degree in arts.
Did you get that initial go ahead and support from your parents?
Cookey: No I didn’t actually. My family wasn’t that supportive in the beginning. The thing is, in Nigeria, the general ideology is; if you decide to go into entertainment and it’s not music, people are usually like ‘leave that one, you no fit blow for that one’ but towards 2015, I trended on the internet and I also had an exhibition in south Africa. I guess that was a way of proving myself, because afterwards my family started to appreciate me and gave me their maximum support. But prior to all of that, I had this family friend whose mom always patronized me and used my work as birthday gifts. It felt nice to have someone appreciate my work. I guess she was the first person that showed me support in the beginning.
What often inspires your pencil work?
Cookey: The series of my art works apart from the ones I do for clients are basically attuned to describe poverty. I work with a lot of agencies like UNICEF that try to combat poverty and make the world a better place. I feel like because most of us are privileged, we are not aware that there is so much poverty in Nigeria. Statistics show that up to 90% of the population live below $2 a day. But because we are not part of this group, we tend to view it as mere statistics. In places like Obiagu and Ogbete in Enugu state, you see little kids who hawk sachet water.
They buy at N5 and sell at N10, minus the ice block used in cooling it, talk less of the stress of carrying it around and hawking it. There is real suffering happening all around us. I draw inspiration from creating awareness against poverty and inspiring people to take cognizance of their surroundings and help the less privileged.
Which pencil artist in Nigeria influences your work?
Cookey: There are a lot of pencil artists in Nigeria that are doing really well both locally and in the international scene. There is Ken arts, Folade and Seyi pencils. Kelvin Okafor is a huge mentor for me. He’s a Nigerian artist based in the United Kingdom. He has gotten a lot of recognition from CNN and BBC. I think he’s a general mentor for every pencil artist.
There’s a lot of pencil drawn art works on the market these days, how do you differentiate yours from the rest?
Cookey: There is this local saying, “If e no be panadol, e no fit be like panadol”. LOL. A lot of people ask me this same question. The truth is, I try to bring about a unique approach to my art. At the coal city art exhibition, I spent a lot of time on details for all my works. I spent close to 200 hours that’s like a month and two weeks working on ‘Destitute’ that’s the painting that made me win ‘The most Artistic personality in Nigeria’. You don’t see that kind of detail on road side works. I always imagine that someone maybe seeing my work for the very first time and may never have the opportunity to look at it again, so I try to use my art to create a long lasting impression.
Where do you get your materials from?
Cookey: Nigeria doesn’t produce anything so I get most of my materials from ALI express. They all come from china. I buy charcoal pencils, graphite pencils etc. Everything I work with, I order online.
What is the most challenging part about being a pencil artist?
Cookey: Well, for you to be able to purchase an artwork, you have to be intellectually sound. Most people are usually like “oh I love this work, it’s very detailed and looks more realistic than a photograph” but when you tell them the price; they are like, “why? When I can easily snap it and make it black and white”. Art is dynamic. A good photographer can replicate one picture twice, but no matter how good an artist is, he can never replicate a drawing the same way, they must be some alterations. I feel like the main challenge in my line of work is getting people that are intellectually sound to appreciate and purchase my work.
Do you think Nigerians have less appreciation for art?
Cookey: Of course they do. A lot of sectors in Nigeria are suffering. Educational sector, power sector, health sector etc. Nigerians have a lot of problems to deal with; you can’t blame them for not having any time for art. An average millionaire in Nigerian wouldn’t want to spend millions of Naira on a painting; he’ll rather buy a Ranger rover or a Porsche instead.
What is your creative process like?
Cookey: For me to do some poverty drawings, I take my camera and go to a certain part of town. There are a lot of homeless kids who are begging or hawking, I buy them snacks and take pictures of them. But when am unable to do that, I go online and look for photographers that take similar pictures, I ask for their permission and use the picture. After that I select close to 20 pictures and ponder on them. Being an artist, if you can’t instigate feelings into your work, you can’t arouse feelings in the person looking at it. I study the pictures, the skin tones and pores and wrap my head around it. This always helps me to create an amazing piece.
Do you think if you venture into luxury art, you’ll excel there, knowing poverty traits are your strength?
Cookey: Personally for me, it’s not essentially about excelling. It’s about having fulfillment as an artist. Having the knowledge at the back of your mind that your work is telling a wonderful story and inspiring people. There is also the thing about branding and staking a claim. When my name is mentioned, people are like ‘is it not that guy that does poverty painting??’ It’s already my trade mark.
What do you believe is a key element in creating a wonderful piece?
Cookey: I believe it’s the thought process. There’s a lot of creativity that goes on in the head before it comes on paper. If everything is well detailed in your head, it shouldn’t be hard to bring it to life.
What has been your greatest difficulty as a pencil artist and how did you overcome it?
Cookey: My greatest difficulty has been getting support. People always think pencil artistry is too merger to be a profession and in Nigeria if you don’t join the band wagon, you are not in the right direction. Acceptance was a major thing for me but I feel am conquering it.
How did you combine your academic work with your life as an artist? We know architecture is a very demanding course
Cookey: It was a lot of hard work. Most times I only get 2 hours sleep in a day. I attend lectures from 8am to 6pm and I get to the studio around 7pm. I work on my client’s job till 12am then sleep till 2am. I wake up by 3 and do school work till 6am. Then I get ready for school and the cycle continues. It was strenuous at first but it became routine after a while.
How did you feel about being ‘The Most Artistic Personality in Nigeria’?
Cookey: Well I’m immensely glad my hard work paid off. I’m glad I won and I hope to do more.
What are your interests in life asides art?
Cookey: I love football. I used to be in a football academy, but then I had to go to school. If I wasn’t into art I’ll probably be playing football.
What was the inspiration for your award winning art piece?
Cookey: I wanted to tell a story. The original picture didn’t have the child holding the biscuit but I decided to add that, to sell a point. You know most Nigerians eat biscuits as snacks after meals or for leisure but it is actually a meal for someone. It might be the only thing they’ll eat in a whole day. I wanted to pass that message that to my audience and I’m happy the message was well received.
What is your taste in music?
Cookey: I love vibing to Nigerian songs. I have a music box in my art studio with a collection of my favorite songs because I can’t draw without music. I like songs of Nigerian artists like Wizkid, olamide, Burna boy and sometimes Davido. I like basically anything you can move your body to but at the same time I don’t like too much noise.
That’s good to know. So tell us, Wizkid or Davido?
Cookey: Ah! That shouldn’t be a question sef, its wizkid jare. There is no comparison.
What is the weirdest habit you have as an artist?
Cookey: LOL. That should be condemning myself. If my art doesn’t speak to me, I don’t go ahead with it. I criticize myself a lot.
Being so drawn to telling poverty stories, do you hope to open an NGO in the future?
Cookey: Yes, I intend to have a skill acquisition center for the less privileged kids. There are a lot of talents on the streets but these kids are more worried about what to eat than developing their talents. I hope to help them in that aspect in the future.
What do you do to relax?
Cookey: I watch movies, crime movies like Sherlock homes. I’m very much attracted to knowledge, so I like movies that are investigative and informative.
What’s your relationship life like?
Cookey: LOL well well, I’m single. Most people I’ve met just want something from me. I don’t know maybe I’ve been meeting the wrong people. I don’t like parasitic people. So I’m single at the moment.
Holding on to that, can you donate your kidney to save your girlfriend?
Cookey: LOL. I don’t know o, well it depends. If I like someone I can do anything for the person. But unless she’s my fiancée though, that sacrifice is too much for girlfriend abeg.
Here’s an IQ one; three fishes were thrown into a river and all of them drowned, how many survived?
Cookey: (After 40 seconds of pondering,) wait o fishes don’t drown nah!
The guardian Nigeria had a very interesting and inspiring chat with a 6 year old Nigerian girl Moyinoluwa Oluwaseun who is a professional photographer. During the course of the interview, she revealed the source of her inspiration at such a young age, having clients and people’s reaction when she’s doing her job. Read full interview below.
Who is Ariyike?
Ariyike is a brand name of a photography company owned by 6 years old Moyinoluwa Oluwaseun
Why photography and when did you start?
My love for photography started when I was about a year old. I was told I used to have a toy camera, which I got so used to and I take it everywhere I go. When I was about three years old, my grandmother, who is also a photographer gave me her old camera, which became my best companion then. I still have the camera. It’s specially kept in my room.
Is photography just a hobby for you or a business?
It started as a hobby and a passion, but grew into business. It is a family tradition; I am the 3rd generation on the line.
How did you get your first professional camera?
It was a gift from my Dad on my 5th birthday.
Have you had any photography training? Tell us about it?
I have had some trainings and supports from a lot of photographers. First among them is my dad, the creative director of Mo Photography. I, also, had several opportunities to learn from other great photographers like Fototide, Oyerounkeh Foto, Omotgraffix, Bami Ligali and Chazi Photograffy. I am currently undergoing extensive training under Buckles Memoirs, a kiddies photography company. It’s been a great honour working with all these wonderful people. I won’t forget to mention my grandma who has always been a great inspiration to me in the art.
How did you get your first client?
My first client? Uuuuhn…! It was an award presentation event. They saw my posts on Instagram and gave me a call. I am sure they were not expecting much from me until they saw my enthusiasm and passion. I guess I wowed them!
What are people’s reactions when you’re introduced as the photographer of an event?
They are always happy to see me; they are glad that I can do what adults do. I get adults undivided attention; it inspires me. My clients are always eager to see my pictures. Of course, the first shot is all I need to get anyone’s full love. They are always wowed.
How do you stand out from other photographers? Why should a client pick your services over others?
People chose me because I inspire them and other kids. My pictures are beautiful.
Do you do everything yourself? Picture taking, editing, packaging and delivery?
I cover all kinds of events and I am still learning how to edit pictures, but I partner with my Dad’s company, Mo Photography, for editing, packaging and delivery for my company.
What has been your biggest challenge since starting your photography business and how were you able to overcome it?
No challenges really. It has been fun. The challenges came at the initial stage when ushers and organisers at events always try to push me back because they didn’t believe I could do anything with the camera. They usually see me as obstruction to the event flow. The story has changed now. I get more recognition now because I didn’t give up.
Have you had any Recognition for being a photographer and how did you feel when you got it?
Yes, it was the Amazing Amazon Initiative Greatness Award. That was on Children’s Day, May 27, 2017. I was so excited. I still feel so happy each time I pick up the award in my room. You know that feeling right?
What are your dreams as a young photographer?
My dream is to build a world-class photography studio with my four year-old sister, who has been working with me, though she hopes to start her fashion business soon.
How do you combine school with being a photographer?
My business does not affect my school activities since I do only weekend jobs, and my clients understand this. I have special arrangements or events during the week.
What Advice would you give to kids who want to be like you?
I advise kids to believe in themselves and their dreams. They can achieve their dreams if they don’t give up. It is always good to start early and it is fun too. Start Now!
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