Most Popular Photographers in OAU That You Should Meet

Over the course of the week, we decided to find out the best, most influential, most capable and most popular photographers on campus. And now we’ve brought you a list IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER. Below each of their profiles are some of their photoshoots. Enjoy!

  1. Redeyez Photography
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Initially known as C.E.O Graphy. “Redeyez” is managed by Aderoju Joshua, popularly known as Jayrush. He is presently a student of Local Government Studies, OAU. Joshua gives the answer, “Naturally my eyes are red and my art is about what I see with my eyes” when asked why he chose the identity,”Redeyez”. Joshua started as a lover of graphics and further decided to learn the art. He interned under Mr Akingbade Adeyinka, the winner of the Lagos Black Heritage (2011) and who is a graphic artist, an artist and also a photographer. Jayrush has shot pictures of important personalities on campus like Virus Zamora, Chinko Ekun, Kezmo, Neonatar, to mention but a few. Outside OAU, he iz noted to have shot celebrities like Wande Coal, Oritse FEMI, Burna Boy and Sean Tizzle. He has covered events like the OAU Next Rated Stars and The Ife Runway Show. At the end of the year, he sees himself in God’s hands as only God can bless his hustle. Follow him on Instagram: @tamg_jrs Below are some of his works:

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2.) New Age Photography:
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This is owned and managed by Ifeoluwa Aremu, a student of Psychology. His passion for photography started when he heard of a boy of nine years who had already taken a picture of the President of The United States of America. This pushed him into pursuing it vigorously. He is mentored by the owner of Bigh Studios, Abuja and Sola Abis, who taught him how to read and reconstruct his photography. Ifeoluwa has covered events like The Ife Runway Show and The Utopian Fashion Show (which hosted the popular Falz the Bahd Guy). At the end of the year, he sees himself being better at what he does. Follow him on Instagram: @Ifeoluwar

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3.) Ayomide Photography:
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This is represented by Ayomide Ajetomobi from the department of Chemical Engineering. He explains that he choses to use his real name which signifies that “his joy has come”. His passion for photography arises from a lot of things but most precisely his love for colours. Some of his mentors are Henry Orjiof of Bigh Studios, Abuja, and Joel Grimes. He has taken pictures of the popular Valentine who is a model and Ayomide, an equally popular model from the department of English, OAU. Ayomide has covered events such as The Ife Runway Show, some departmental dinners, Beyond Ife and the lunch party of the Nigerian Fries (a food company in Lagos that sells major Nigerian fried foods). Follow him on Instagram: @ayomidephotography

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4.) Adelodun Photography:
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Adelodun Akinwale is a final year student of Language Arts. She started taking pictures in her Part One days in church with a point-and-shoot camera. She enjoyed and still enjoys capturing moments. Adelodun narrates how she has met well-dressed photographers who have changed her perspective about photography. Basically, her inspiration comes from helping people capture moments and dressing. Adelodun has covered events that had some influential Nigerian personalities like Fela Durotoye, Timi Dakolo, TY Bello, OC Ukeje in attendance. In 2014, she had a photoshoot of the 10 most influential ladies graduating in 2014 in OAU. She also covered the Diamond NUGA in 2014 organized by Diamond Bank and the OYA Awards, 2015. At the end of this year, she sees herself doing a collaboration with Fela Durotoye and taking courses with her photography mentor, TY Bello. Follow her on Instagram: @shutterjenius

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5.) Peak Photography:
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Peak Photography is a subsidiary of Peak Media House managed by Babatunde Kolawole Dada. According to Kolawole, the name ‘Peak’ for him came as an inspiration from God denoting that no matter how high a mountain is, he will climb it. He recalls getting a manual point-and-shoot camera from his elder sister at a tender age. This paved the way for a soon-to-be-big career in Photography. His mentors are Jide Odukoya of Jide Odukoya Photography and Glitterati. Kelechi Amadi Obi is a role model for him. He has covered various departmental convocation and induction dinners on OAU Campus. At the end of the year, he hopes to have a media empire of over 20 professional photo artists and 20 professional models. Follow him on Instagram: @peak_image

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6.) Shutterwave Photography:
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A graduate of OAU who goes by the name  Adeyemi Olatunde. He finished from the department of Biochemistry in the year 2012. He chose the name “Shutterwave” because he wanted something unique and he decided the sound a camera makes when it snaps- ‘shutter’. He didn’t start out as having an inspiration, but he needed time to pass time as he wasn’t cleared to serve (NYSC) on time. So he learnt and he got good at what he did. He covered the Ife Fashion Runway show 2015, NUGA 2012, and various departmental dinners. At the end of the year, he wants to be a better photographer having his own office where he would run his business. Follow him on Instagram: @shutterwavephotography
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7.) Afo’lamar Photography:
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Oguntominiyi Afolabi who is in affiliation with Ilefoto studio goes by his best quote,”Home is where the art is…” He is a Part 3 student of Sociology and Anthropology. The reason for the name “Afo’Lamar” is a mixture of a part of his name and that of the famous Kendrick Lamar (For his shared look). He claims that he was born into photography as his mum in her youthful days was a photographer. Afolabi recounts that he loved taking pictures with his phone until a friend of his decided to show him the way to proper photography. He has covered the dinners of the department of Nursing. He has also covered the Gold Rush dinner for the New Life Movement. He hopes to be a business tycoon and a graduate by the end of this year. Follow him on Instagram: @afolamarphotography
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8.) Imogirie Photography:
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His name is Afouda Bamidele Imogirie. He is a 300 level student of Psychology. The reason for adopting his name as the name of his brand is because of the meaning of the name, which is ‘I have a destination’. He has shot Ore Ajewole and different models on OAU campus. Another of his notable works is the album art he did for Endy Fizzy. Imogirie has shot IDCabasa of Coded tunes and Ranti of @Rantimusic. He is the official photographer of Livingword Fellowship, OAU. He also shot Campus Street Fashion for 360nobs in 2015. He sees himself going international by the end of the year. Follow him on Instagram: @imogiriephotos
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9.) Awede Photography:
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Awede Taiwo Omooluwa is a graduate of the department of English. His mum inspired him to go into the world of photography by showing how creative the world is and how he could be creative with photography. He was the official photographer during the last Press Conference during the last Students’ Union elections in OAU. He has also covered a Close Up show where he worked as part of the team in 2011. He has shot weddings that have taken him round the country. Follow him on Instagram: @awedephotography
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  1. Earl imagery
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Adeniran Oluwagbohunmi is a 200-level student of the department of Agricultural Economics. Gbohunmi narrates how he has always had the passion for photography right from childhood. At the age of 8, he covered his Aunt’s wedding because the photographer bailed on them. In followinhe decided to pursue a career in photography. He has shot photos of people like Ore Ajewole, Oluwadunii of 360nobs, Valentine, Ayomide etc. He has even shot a family portrait of the Ooni and his family! At the end of the year, he hopes to work with top class models and be featured on the best magazines.

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How To Check If Your Goals Are Worthwhile

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Just last week, a mentor of mine told me to write my goals for the first quarter of the year, so she could monitor my progress. Easy, I thought. I already had my goals for the year written down, so all I had to do was tweak it to a quarter of a year, so I thought. But when the moment came to do this, I couldn’t bring myself to show them to someone else, not to talk of writing them out.

They were my goals, no doubt, but then I realized that while my goals were pointing left, my life and its obligations were pointing that right. Painfully, I had to ask my mentor for more time. I had realized that it wasn’t just writing goals that mattered, but how grounded in reality they were.

If you’ve written your goals down, or are about to do so, I urge you to subject them to do “Friendly Colleague” Test. Decide to show those goals of yours to someone who knows you very well; your strengths, weaknesses and all that. If you develop jelly feet at the thought, then you might as well crumple that paper and throw it in the trash.

We humans have a tendency to see ourselves as we wish to be, not we are. We therefore make plans, based on that ideal, intending to build on that ideal, but can something stand on nothing. Reality is a harsh pill we all must swallow, sooner or later. The earlier, the better.

Akin Ifeanyi Agunbiade shuffles between ink and keypad from the belly of an underestimated black beast.

NESA OAU Hosts All Economics Students Conference

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On the 13th and 14th of January, 2016, the National Economics Students Association OAU Branch,hosted the 3rd edition of the All Economics Students Conference, which featured the 13th edition of the Leadership Quality and Entrepreneurship Development, at Oduduwa Hall, OAU.

For two days, the school played host to Economics students from Oduduwa University, Bayero University, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, LASU, UNILAG, UNILORIN, UNIABUJA, UNIBADAN, EKSU, FUNAAB, Al- Hikmah University, and Wesley University.

The first speaker was Chike Anyeagbunam of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). He spoke on the benefits of having a CIMA qualification. Next was the lecture by Fisayo Ogunsanya, ably represented by Mr. Joshua, who spoke on “ The Business Climate: Threats and Opportunities “.

Next was the Business Plan Challenge Competition amongst four students of the OAU Economics Department, which was won by Mr. Muhammed Muyideen, a 200-Level for his proposed plan for Angles Restaurant. This was followed by a lecture from Dr. Adedeji Ajadi of CIS (Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers), who spoke on the responsibilities of stockbrokers and the benefits. Mr. Olasunkanmi Olawuye spoke on “ Financial Management in Tough Economic Times”. He listed some good investments as treasury bills, mutual funds, stocks.

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Miss Hussein Aduragba of Al-hikmah University

On day 2, the welcome address was read by the NESA National President, Mr. Yakubu, of Bayero University, Kano. This was followed by presentations from students of several universities. First was Miss Hussein Aduragba of Al- Hikmah University, who spoke on the topic, “ International Oil Price Slump: Challenges of Nigeria “. Mr. Boboye Olaolu of Oduduwa University, spoke on the effects of the cashless policy. Miss Ibironke of JABU spoke on the topic “E-banking and its Relevance to the Nigerian Banking Sector”. Mr. Adeleke of OAU, spoke on the topic “The Entertainment Industry and the Roadmap for Sustainable Development

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Mr. Tope Fasua

Undoubtedly, the high point of the day, if not the event, was the keynote speech by Mr. Tope Fasua. He did a review of the Nigeria economy, global economy, and the 2016 budget. His lecture blew up certain misconceptions about the perceived exploitation of Africa. For instance, did you know that the Western nations sought out mineral resources in other nations, not because they didn’t have, but to conserve theirs for future generations.

This was followed by a lecture from Mr. Agboluaje, who spoke on Nigeria’s housing needs. Next was one of the most anticipated events in the conference; The Panel Discussion, to be anchored by Nancy Illoh, the host of “The Money Show” on AIT. By the way, did you know she studied Parasitology? She was joined by Dr. Biodun Adedipe,CEO, BAA Consults, and Dr. Adedokun, a lecturer of the OAU Economics Department. Amongst other things, the panel spoke on the dangers of devaluation, when there was no commodity to export, and commented on the lack of political will to redirect the economy.

For more details, check our timeline @oauchristians and #AESC2016, as we anticipate #AESC2017.

Akin Ifeanyi Agunbiade shuffles between ink and keypad from the belly of an underestimated black beast.

5 Tips For Budding Entrepreneurs

Here on OAU campus, it seems we all know someone, who is an entrepreneur. From the people who operate butteries in the rooms, to the self-made designers, we have them in excess. It makes one think, if entrepreneurship is so cheap, why isn’t Nigeria better than it is? Probably because not everyone who is an entrepreneur is supposed to be an entrepreneur. So we put together this list of things to help you decide if entrepreneurship is for you.

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You have to be comfortable with discomfort. If you’re the type of person who likes a rigid, and predictable schedule, entrepreneurship may not be your calling. This profession is not a 9-5 job. Especially in the early stages, you attention and time will be demanded 24 hours a day. If you know you can’t handle this, I heard Buhari needs 500,000 teachers. APPLY!

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Discipline. We cannot over emphasize this. Gone are the days when you could blame your lack of progress on a boss who didn’t like your face. Now you’re the boss. Are you capable of reinvesting your entire profit, in the first few months of the business, so it can quickly expand, or will you be overcome by the desire to show “you have landed”?

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Good health is vital. Considering the demands this calling will put on you, the last thing we would want is a doctor spending your profit on your behalf. So do ensure that you get health insurance, and avoid the temptation of junk food for quick energy.

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Passion. I take this one quite serious. I’ve never seen a person passionate about something get tired of doing it. Take it from me. I’m typing this 4:30am in the morning, surrounded by sleeping roommates. Bring my Contract textbook right now, and in 5 minutes, this brother is gone. For more on passion,click here

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You need to be a team player. Entrepreneurship may be a solo engagement, but take note, that no idea exists in isolation. Abi na you won chop your cake? Someone once told me that campus is the dress rehearsal for life. Here you will meet upwardly mobile people from different backgrounds. Form the right cliques. You might need the services of that annoying roommate of yours, who happens to be a law student, or that local blogger, might own the advertising agency that gives your brand the international appeal it needs.

Till we meet again, with another list in the kitty, remain blessed.

Akin Ifeanyi Agunbiade shuffles between ink and keypad from the belly of an underestimated black beast.

Why You Need Passion to be Successful

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Last time, we discussed belief and how it can lift talent. Today, we’ll be discussing passion. While it is one thing to believe in what you are ultimately capable of, its another to be passionate about it. Its passion that drives people to go the extra mile, to strive for excellence, and to keep trying, no matter how many times they are rejected.

Like what we said in the introduction, passion can cover up the difference between a person of low talent and someone of greater talent.

A study of 1500 people was conducted over a period of twenty years. These people were divided into two groups. Group A consisted of those who were pursuing a career for the security it provided, while Group B consisted of those who chose their career path in line with their passion. At the end of the study period, only 101 had become millionaires. But that’s not even the big story; only one out of them came from Group A, the rest, Group B.

Passion is the reason many of us don’t have a First Class in the academics, but elsewhere, be it politics, fashion, entertainment, teaching etc. Which is why I believe that those who graduate with grades less than a First Class are not less intelligent, their passion simply led them elsewhere. Most of them are even more intelligent than those who cart away faculty prizes.

Once a person has discovered what lights his fire, he must realign his life, setting his priorities in line with his passion. This is risky, no doubt, but attempting to redirect that passion to something more secure will be like trying to strike a match underwater. It just won’t happen.

Till we meet next time to discuss the next choice, ‘initiative’, ruminate on these words from Richard Edler:

“Don’t let yourself be persecuted into the thinking that your dreams or your talents aren’t prudent. They were never meant to be prudent. They were meant to bring joy and fulfillment into your life.”

Akin Ifeanyi Agunbiade shuffles between ink and keypad from the belly of an underestimated black beast.

Belief: The Spark of Success

Last time on #BookReview, we discussed the introduction to “Talent is Never Enough”, by John C. Maxwell. He highlighted thirteen choices that every talented person  must take to move to the next  level. The first; belief.

Belief is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as, “ a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing”.

As the author posits in the introductory paragraph, and we agree, what hinders most people is not a lack of talent(which is impossible, because everyone is talented in one way or the other), but a lack of trust or belief in the talent. Such people are fully aware of how much they are capable of, but don’t trust it to carry them far. This is especially true for developing  countries like Nigeria, where many secondary school leavers apply for safe careers like Law, Medicine, Accounting, not necessarily because they have passion for it, but because of the general belief that they are more ‘secure’ and pay better. But the facts speak otherwise. Using OAU as an example, the quota of law students expected from the university for onward admission to the law school is 250, but the school/faculty admits in excess of 300 every session. This implies that in every graduating set, many will be ‘left behind’.

Even when this hurdle is successfully scaled, the excess supply of law graduates into a market with a poor absorbent capacity, results in what we term here as ‘charge and bail lawyers’. These lawyers are not of low intellectual capacity as widely believed, but a part of the unemployed statistics. There are just not enough law firms to mop them up. Even when you get one, most offer #20,000-#40,000 as starter, which is insultive, considering the cost of studying law. Some will get lucky, and be paid in six figures, but again, SOME, not most. So don’t be surprised when you meet a law student who doesnt want to practice. The job prospects are quite bleak.

Now back to belief. As the author points out, it is necessary to believe, not in what you are, but in what you want to become, that is, believe in your highest potential.

The story is told of a man in heaven who would have been the world’s greatest general, if he joined the army, but died a common labourer.

Even outside of talent, belief in oneself has been found to be the X-factor in academics. Research has shown that there is a stronger connection between self-confidence and academic excellence, than IQ and the latter. This is because belief in what you can do, opens your mind to many ways you can achieve it.

Next time, we’ll be discussing the next choice; passion.

Akin Ifeanyi Agunbiade shuffles between ink and keypad from the belly of an underestimated black beast.

UJCM Welcomes Students With A Unity Service

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The University Joint Christian Mission (UJCM) welcomes everyone back to school and wishes them a happy resumption. In this same mood, the UJCM presents a Unity service for OAU students as well as the OAU Pre-degree students with the theme, “Maximizing The Time And Season”.

The service is to hold on Sunday, 17th of January 2016 in Amphi Theatre by 7.30am and the event would be blessed by the ministration of Professor Adesegun Fatusi, Provost of the College of Health Sciences.

Free buses would be available at the Pre-degree Campus gate and Powerline by 6.30am to convey predites to the main campus for the programme.

Endeavour to be available as it promises to be awesome.

Mixed Feelings As OAU Announces Resumption

As opposed to the scary rumours about resumption of the school being in March 2016, the Senate of the Obafemi Awolowo University has released the revised calendar for the continuation of the second semester which was disrupted last December. Following a meeting today, the school management has decided that school resumes on the 10th day of January, 2016.

This news has brought to the surface mixed feelings of Obafemi Awolowo University students. While majority are enthused by the fact of returning to school, a minority still wish their break wouldn’t be cut so short right now.

Either way, students are expected and advised to return to school as soon as possible remembering that lectures will commence on the 11th of January since this is the continuation of an already-started semester.

We at oauchristians wish every OAU student a very wonderful semester and year ahead.

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Funny Pictures of How Parents Reacted When They Heard Of The Mid-Semester Break

Everybody is tired of hearing OAU going on any break or any strike or any whatever. I’m tired of explaining to people why I am at home when my mates in other schools are in school. I remember the anger in my dad’s voice when he called and I told him they shut down our school again. Loool. How did mummy and daddy react when they heard OAU was on break again? I’m sure you can relate to these display of reactions.

1) Those who have been in school for long and are almost approaching the marriage age can testify to this. “Titi has married. Shalewa is in her husband’s house. Nkechi has given birth to two children.”  Some don’t even care about GP again, sha graduate and marry!

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2) Parents are tired of having OAU always in the news about school closure or strike or mid-semester break. OAU this, OAU that? Are you peepu the only wan?

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3) Oh, this happens when parents have been pushed to the extent.

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4) Our dear mothers are probably the most affected. You know, when Mama Tinuke says, “That your daughter in OAU, she should have graduated na!” or Sister Nkiru in church calls you aside and asks, “Mummy Blessing, you can confide in me, does Blessing have an extra year in OAU? She has been in OAU for 5 years and she is still in 300l.” You know naa.

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5) Many of our parents are already tired of seeing our faces every two months. Why not just drop-out so we can know you are no longer a student?

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6) Because as a yoruba adage literally translates, “An elder cannot be in the market and the head of a baby would almost be falling off the mother’s back”, some parents will decide to visit the VC himself. No time!

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7) In some families, anything break or strike or even holiday must not be mentioned again. If they send you home, stay in school.

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8) Many parents who initially thought OAU was the best school in Nigeria and who have been bragging about OAU being second to none have started reconsidering their stand.

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With Just #500, Get A Nice Christmas Treat At The Cinema This Weekend

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Fun Factory is setting up a Christmas FunFair   between 19th to 21st of this December for fun lovers at road 12 park, staff quarters, OAU, Ile Ife.

There will be karaoke and bamboo bar; cinema will go down all day where you can see movies like SPECTRE, The Hunger Games: MOCKINGJAY 2, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, HOME ALONE I, II & III, The TRANSPORTER Refueled and WAR ROOM.

The biggest jam which is the CHRISTMAS SPECIAL will be coming up on the 25th of December.

If you are in Ife, you shouldn’t miss this. You’ve got to be there.

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