Having Studied Biochemistry In The University For 4 Years, What On Earth Could Make A Diligent, Young And Ambitious Medical Biochemist Drop His Degree And Qualifications And Pursue A Career In Photography, If Not Passion.

The First Time I Recall Becoming Obsessed With Photography Was When I Was 1 And My Dad Bought A Camcoder, I Immediately Got Glued To It And In No Time I Started Taking Pictures With It During Church Services And During Important Family Gathering Like The Christmas And New Year Celebrations. As I Grew Older My Love For Photography Grew Stronger But Was Surpressed By My Academic Pursuit Due To The Fact That All Nigerian Parents Wants His Or Her Child To Be A Career Person (I.E Banker, Lawyer, Doctor, Engineer Etc) And Mine Was Not Different Either, My Parents Wanted Me To Be A Medical Doctor, So I Had To Obey Them And Pursue My Academic Career To The University Level Where I Eventually Graduated With A Bachelor’s Degree In Biochemistry.

A Year Later, After My National Youth Service Corps (Nysc), My Passion For Photography Grew Even More Stronger And I Knew It Was Time To Take It To A Professional Level, So I Decided To Pick Up My Phone And Surfed The Internet For The Best Photography Academy In Nigeria, And Shola Animashaun Photography Academy Popped Up First On The List I Knew For Sure The Academy Was The Real Deal.

I Called And Made Enquiries About Their Apprenticeship Programme And I Was Left Happy And Excited With The Way I Was Responded To At The Receiver’s End Of The Phone. But I Was Also Sad At The Same Time Because The Fee For The Programme Was Way Beyond My Budget. But When I Went Back Online To Check The Reputation Of The Academy And Their Programmes I Knew The Price Was Worth It Because Nothing Good Comes Easy. After A Week Sourcing For Funds And To No Avail, I Decided To Go For A Workshop In Photography Which Was Organised By The Harvesters International Christian Centre (Hicc) Where I Was Priviledged And Opportuned To Meet Mr Shola Animashaun The Ceo Of Shola Animashaun Photography Academy And Spoke To Him About My Passion And Will To Learn Photography. During The Course Of The Workshop, He Gave Out Schorlarships To 5 Students And Discounted The Fee For Apprenticeship Into Half Of Its Main Price. The Excitment In Me That Day Knew No Bound,I Decided Not To Bother Myself About The Schorlarship And Opted To Pay The Discounted Price (Courtesy Of My Ever Supportive Parents).That Was How A Medical Biochemist Found Himself In A Photo Academy Pursuing A Career In Photography.