Thursday, June 30, 2011

Statue of Oduduwa

The Statue of Oduduwa at the base of the Oduduwa Hall inside the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Standing at over fifteen feet, it was carved by master sculptor Lamidi Olonade Fakeye and commissioned in 1987 by the Ooni of Ife His Majesty Oba Okunade Sijuwade.

Oduduwa is the progenitor of the Yoruba race and is the first ruler of the Ife Kingdom. A myth surrounds the chain around his waist and the cockerel at his feet. It is said that Oduduwa descended from heaven in the beginning of creation and finding the earth filled with water poured some sand that was spread around by the cock. He later planted a palm nut which grew into the first tree and from thence began civilisation.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Meet Genevieve Nnaji- "Africa's Julia Roberts"

 A couple of months ago I posted a shot of Nigeria's star actress Genevieve Nnaji in an ad campaign on a BRT bus. So a few weeks back I finally got the opportunity of getting a rare interview with her in an upscale hotel in Lekki, Lagos. She was charming. Oprah Winfrey once described her as the Julia Roberts of Africa in an episode listing the most famous people outside of the US.
At the end of the interview she grabbed my DSLR camera to see how it worked. It was the moment that this image was shot with a mobile phone by her assistant. She's a beautiful soul.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tale Omole takes office as OAU VC

New OAU vice chancellor Prof Tale Omole is ceremoniously enrobed by Senator Olu Alabi, governing council chairman as A.O Ogunruku, registrar and Michael Faborode, immediate past VC look on.
The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife inaugurated its new vice chancellor on June 24 at the Oduduwa Hall of the college. Tale Omole, a professor of International Relations became the 10th administrative head of the institution taking over from agriculture professor Michael Faborode.
University librarian Bukky Asubiojo and governing council member Bukky Ajomo

Happy students of the university hail the new VC with their placard signs 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Rain bricks

People walk over bricks laid along the floor of this pedestrian bridge in Ikosi after the rains poured all night during the weekend. It is a bit of a balancing act as people try to avoid soiling their shoes during the early morning rush. Long queues usually form as pedestrians take turns to make it across the little pond formed on the bridge.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sun No Dey Sleep - Beautiful Nubia concert

Beautiful Nubia 
On Sunday June 19 (Father's Day), folk singer Beautiful Nubia launched his eighth studio album titled Sun No Dey Sleep (The Sun does not sleep) at the Sparkle Hall in Ikeja. Being a fan, I attended and it was another amazing performance from the artiste. Here's a link to an article I wrote about his music from a socio-political perspective.
Saxophonist George

Afrojazz singer Tutu

BN Fans

BN with fans

BN signing autographs

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Christ on a Cross

Shot this image of a cross in front of an uncompleted church in Igbara Oke, Ondo state.