Finding Creative Expression With Self-Portraits

Rigozo

Holla!

Confession time...

I’m shy.

Picture-shy; Camera-shy.

What I’m saying is I don’t like being photographed. (Some people say this, yet they strike fifty poses so that their friend can get one good shot of them. Yes, I’m judging you)

Only thing is, I’m a photographer. I take pictures for a living, all the time. Pictures of people, places, random trees, and stray dogs. But if you happen to put me in front of the camera to take pictures of me, I’d freeze like a deer caught in headlights.

Fun fact

A deer’s eyes consist of more rods than cones, which is why it is able to see very clearly, even at night. However, when a car’s headlight beam falls into their eyes, the deer becomes blinded by the bright light. Until its eyes adjust to that heightened level of brightness, a deer will keep standing there, which makes it look like the deer is rooted to the spot.

Science ABC

I’m the deer; the deer is me.

My aforementioned affliction nonetheless has not deterred me from finding creative expression with self-portraits. It’s one of the ways I’m able to have several pictures of myself over the years. I love self-portraits.

So, that’s what I’ll be sharing with you today. Who’s excited?

If you raised your eyebrows at this, it’s okay, I surprise myself too. — Hugs self — Let’s get on with it.

What Is a Self-Portrait?

The first thing to know is that self-portraiture is an established form of art.

According to Wikipedia, a self-portrait is a representation of an artist that is drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by that artist.

By the Baroque period, most artists with an established reputation at least left drawings of themselves. Printed portraits of artists had a market, and many were self-portraits. They were also sometimes given as gifts to family and friends. If nothing else, they avoided the need to arrange for a model, and for the many professional portrait-painters, a self-portrait kept in the studio acted as a demonstration of the artist’s skill for potential new clients. The unprecedented number of self-portraits by Rembrandt, both as paintings and prints, made clear the potential of the form, and must have further encouraged the trend.

Wikipedia
Another fun fan

Rembrandt van Rijn was not the first artist to create self-portraits but he is attributed to have between 80 to over 100 self-portraits - paintings, drawings, and prints. This Dutch genius did it by looking at himself in the mirror. Now that I think of it, selfies had to have come from somewhere.

His oeuvre of self-portraits spanned about 40 years, throughout his career and shows the progression of his style. It has been discovered that he had most of his students copy his self-portraits.

I wonder what he was thinking all the time he was painting himself or having a copy made. I can guess it would be something like, “I’m a spec. I drip glory. Haters will hate. Potato will potate. I’m nobody’s mate.”

And he was correct. He killed the selfie, I mean self-portraits game in his time.

Eh! Selfies And Self-Portraits Are The Same

Let me think about that for a sec.

Yes…

A lot of people will say an outright no to this. However, selfies and self-portraits overlap in a certain way. The difference between the two is that selfies are more random. About 93 million selfies are taken daily and are easily discarded, whereas a self-portrait is more deliberate and takes more time and effort to create. Still, an artist can use a selfie as a self-portrait.

I like how it’s examined here with so much insight into artists’ work and lives – How The Self Portrait Evolved into The Selfie.

A self-portrait is a selfie that went to Harvard.

Boom! Mic drop

Rigozo

Why Is A Self-Portrait Important?

Although some of these artists did self-portraits because they were too broke to pay a model, it still is a valid form of creative expression. An artist spent days or weeks creating a self-portrait whether it was etchings, oil painting, or drawing. As a crucial part of art history, self-portraits is a form by which many artists are remembered by and offers insights into their lives, state of mind and the times they lived in.

The Lady in the Frame is me; I am the Lady in the Frame

Over the years that I have been taking self-portraits, I’ve come to appreciate it the more. Not only do I have pictures of myself that I can look back at, but I also find myself searching for meaning and purpose in my self-portraits as time passes.

For me, it started because I was always available of course. Soon it became about creating more than the average photograph. When I’m by myself – as is always the case when I take self-portraits – I feel like I’m going through the motions. Already the idea of what I want to achieve is in my head, what I want it to look like, and I can spend as much time as I want to create it. It’s as much about experimenting with photography techniques as well as an exploration of my emotions. Also, I use my phone to take my self-portraits. Oooooooh!

Sorelle Amore

She’s an Australian-born YouTube, Videographer, and Photographer. In my early days of photography, I stumbled on her YouTube channel. Her book, Take Your Selfies Seriously: The Advanced Selfies and The Selfie Handbook explores how you can express yourself through artistic self-portraits. Over the years Sorelle has revealed that selfies/self-portraits have empowered her to let go of her insecurities and learn to love herself – embrace the divinity of a woman. She also teaches courses on lifestyle, finances, and many more.

Finally, this year I hope to have a collection of self-portraits unlike I have ever done before. I plan to share them too (peep the slideshow below). I feel like I go through so many emotions when I take self-portraits. As I see it, it’s not only about the end result, but also to exist in the moment, and to be conscious of my body, thoughts, and my environment. I find that sometimes I’m anxious to get it right and other times it’s like eating cotton candy, easy and sweet. If you also like self-portraits or you are considering it, you have my stamp of approval – whatever it is worth – to carry on soldier. For those wondering how to start in the first place, no worries, I’ll share tips on how to take self-portraits in my next post. Let me know what you think in the comments.

See ya!

Thursday Talk Series |Chike Ibekwe Talks About All The Things He Likes

Hello folks. Been a minute. December is here. Happy new month! Feliz Navidad! Yeah, I’m crazy about this season. I’ll be putting a wallpaper below, everything cute, cat and Christmas. Many more more to come.

So the other day my brother asked me, “How do you stop yourself from getting angry?” To tell the truth, I haven’t been asked that question before, so it took me a couple of seconds to answer. Maybe, just maybe, I would like to believe that I can control my anger to a degree. But…there have been instances when I threw my hands up, and just unleashed the dragon. Still, I will share in my next post the answer I gave him on how I manage my anger and why it works for me. Until then, have you ever paid attention to how you deal with anger? Give it some thought and leave your comments below.

In today’s interview, I’ll like to introduce Chike. He’s a longtime friend, and like his famous namesake, he’s the boo of the booless. Several long years have passed since I first met him, and he has never let me forget that I snubbed him when he approached me. In my defense, I was engrossed in a book and he was asking me one yeye question.😂 Also, let it be known that he was the first to be interviewed in person. I’ll also drop a snippet of the audio interview below.

Yes! This is a huge one for me and it feels right to come back with it. Chike always has a smile to give, and being around him eases your stress away. An attentive tutor, musician, photographer, and creative genius.


Q. Can you introduce yourself and what you do?

A. Hi, my name is Chike Ibekwe. Some people call me Chikonene but I have given myself Damian Cole. People have asked me how I got the name, well, I saw it online and thought to myself, “This name is fine,” and now I’m Damian Cole Chike (DCC angles). I’m a photographer in the making. and like I always say, even if I work for ten years as a photographer for the likes of Buhari and Queen Elizabeth, I’ll still be a photographer in the making. Another thing I do is teach (home lessons) because I’m smart you know. I teach both old and young. I’m funny and I can also sing and drum (I do paid gigs).

Chike Ibekwe Talks About The Things He Likes on Thursday Talk Series

Q. Why do you do your job, and would you rather do something else?

A. Like I mentioned earlier, I do not do just one thing in particular. I can wake up and choose to take pictures of the bridge and if the image turns out good, I’ll be like wow, awesome. Also, when the students I tutor are showing signs of improvement, it makes me happy. I feel confident in the work that I do because I know that I can perform well. The same goes for when I sing or play the drums. I derive immense satisfaction from the things I do and for now, I don’t think I’d rather do something else.

Q. When have you felt like giving up?

A. I work with a photographer friend of mine. However, I’m still learning and so my hands are not steady yet. There was one time we had a proposal scheduled here in Lagos, but my friend had to be in Abuja. He told me that I would have to cover the proposal all by myself. And the proposal wasn’t in a fancy bright place. If it was, I could expect that every shot I would take would look great because of the environment. Instead, it was planned at a cinema, and you know poor lighting. I wanted to tell my friend, “I can’t do it, I don’t think this is for me.” I wasn’t confident. Although I eventually did it, and it turned out well, that was one of the times I ever felt anxious and wanted to give up. So, whenever I find myself in a situation, whether singing or tutoring, and I’m faced with what seems like a mad challenge, I want to run away – those are the times I felt like giving up – but I still do it.

Q. If money was not relevant, what would you do all day?

A. If money was irrelevant and I have everything that I wanted, I would hang out with my friends. There’ll be food and drinks, and even a swimming pool. We’ll grab a keyboard, grab drums or whatever instrument we find, and spend the time singing and worshiping. We’ll talk, laugh, get in each other’s faces, and just have fun. I like having people around.

Q. When do you feel the most confident about your work?

A. When I don’t have to assert myself or do a lot of physical work but trust in my skill and mental ability to do a good job, that’s the time I’m most confident about my work. It was the case at the last party we covered where I was shooting effortlessly. Somebody walked up to me and said she has been watching me and was wondering if I was shooting or just chilling. I showed her the images I took and she was wowed by them. Even when I teach because in the end it can be left or right. Whenever my effort is reflected in their results I feel confident.

Chike Ibekwe Talks About The Things He Likes on Thursday Talk Series

Q. What two things do you think of the most each day and why?

A. My hairline. Gaddem! My hairline. Every time. Even today I saw it and I was wondering if it was going inside or coming out. To think that five years ago it looked like this. Well, they did not give birth to me with a front hairline. The second one well there are a lot but mostly my virginity. I’m just trying to be funny because I know there are other things that I think about. But I think about this like, I’m 27, guy! I can sit down and just start thinking about it. I mean it’s not like I have never been close to a woman, I have. And I’ve been at the stage when it is about to happen, but I run. I run. I think about it every time.

Q. What kind of people do you allow into your circle?

A. I’m almost like a sanguine. We that we’re sanguine we allow everybody inside. Just anybody as long as you have good vibes. I don’t like people that are full of themselves or pretentious. I like humble people – that are down to earth. I also don’t care for people who are quick to cast blame instead of looking for the way forward. So that’s how I filter people, if not I allow everybody in.

Q. Do you think we have a greater purpose or are we just waiting for our turn to die?

A. This is the third thing I think about all the time. I mean I see good people die all around me of natural death, I see the lives of Christians and innocent people wasted by the Boko Haram. I’ve heard people say that God does not make the attempt to help people out and I sit down to contemplate if this is true. Are we here just to mark time and die. I think if God knows the end from the beginning what is the whole point of creating the world? Why let us have to choose between heaven and hell? Because it’s hard. Living is very hard. I still believe in God and I’m a Christian but I question existence all the time.

Q. What is that thing that you see as an obstacle which can stop you from having success?

A. Women. Some men lie to themselves and say that women are not an issue for them but I know myself. I’m at the point where I’m sure that success is coming and I’m sure that if I don’t have a woman in my life like a girlfriend or wife then, hehe. I have an affinity for females and even if I don’t approach them, they’ll approach me. It’s the way I am. That connection with ladies will cause something to happen. I’ll be like Samson, I’ll have to run away from all the Delilahs. Also, my mind. Because I strongly believe in myself. If I’m eating corn on the street and people are looking at me, I’ll continue eating the corn because my mind says I shouldn’t care. But once I begin to care about it then it becomes a problem. So my mind and women.

Chike Ibekwe Talks About The Things He Likes on Thursday Talk Series

I derive immense satisfaction from the things I do and for now, I don’t think I’d rather do something else…I like humble people – that are down to earth. I also don’t care for people who are quick to cast blame instead of looking for the way forward. So that’s how I filter people, if not I allow everybody in.

Chile Ibekwe on Thursday Talk Series

Q. What’s the one thing you think that should be taught in school about choosing a career that isn’t?

A. Money and Passion. You are teaching a person mathematics and the person has a talent for horse riding, I mean how do you take that. The educational system is too rigid and boxed up. Teaching mathematics with the knowledge that the students who are not on the same level intellectually and yet you call the person who does not pass a failure. It’s like bringing a fish to compete in a horse race. From an early age, children should be groomed based on their passion, just like the way athletes in foreign countries train. In my case, I played drums from an early age and I can play the drum anywhere. I started photography at the age of 25. It would have to be around 40 years before I master photography. Also, people should be educated about money. How to make fortune from their passion is very important. Teaching is something I love to do even if you won’t pay me but now I get paid doing what I love and that is amazing.


Yo! This was so much fun😂 Trust me that there’s so much from the audio interview that I left out because what lol. Thank you so much, Chike for doing this to me. Can’t wait to work on another project with you❤️

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Guys, like I said you can listen to a snippet of the audio interview. Apologies for the background noises, I’m not yet good at cleaning things up). You can also get the triple combo wallpaper – cute, cat, and Christmas ☺️🐱🎄

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Morning Musings

Rigozo

Today, like most days I find myself awake even before the sun is up. The sky is inky black and I look out my window as if anticipating a lover. The hours before sunrise is one of my favorite times of the day. I like to wake up early in the morning so that I can spend time with myself.

I like to imagine that every morning is like a painter painting over an old canvas. I like to tell myself that I’ve gotten another day to love and be loved. I like to think about all the things I would like to do and the process I’ll have to follow to get there. Another chance to give meaning to my existence and going after the things that I want. I like to watch the window like I’m waiting for my lover to jump in and carry me off farfarfaraway.

When I hear someone say that they are not a morning person, I just cannot relate. For me, I just love to be up early, to breathe deeply, and listen to my heart thud in my chest in a quiet rhythm. Also, it makes sense to revisit yesterday with fresh eyes, accepting that the past is in the past – I’m in the present. Those things that hurt me before are all behind me, and I do not have to be shackled by them. Morning comes with its uncertainties yet I would rather run into the future than dwell in the past.

I hope today stays fresh and wonderful to you too.❤️ Have a wonderful day and a happy weekend.

Photo credit: Rigozo


I love city lights. I took this picture in the early hours of the morning after it rained.

Thursday Talk Series on Tobe’s Life and Work As a Photographer

Rigozo

I saw a Bollywood movie yesterday and as always their storyline is intriguing, and the acting was superb and hilarious. The name is A Magical Love Story, and it’s about love, family, fate, curses, deceit, and magic. We know real-life is not the same as a screenplay but we do all we can each day to find happiness. There is no substitute for trying again and again. Sometimes life is to be enjoyed and other times it picks you up, does a little spin, and sets you down. You can be sure that it will take a while before you will be able to find your balance – you will eventually find it. Let have this in mind, “Nature has given us all the pieces required to achieve exceptional wellness and health, but has left it to us to put these pieces together.”—Diane McLaren. Whether you believe that love/life is magical, it’s up to you to write your own story.

Today I’m introducing Tobe and I’ve found him to be one of those people (rare) who are completely honest with themselves. This makes him able to interpret his feelings without trying to convince himself otherwise. He pays attention to details, especially in his work, and always tries to find a balance between business and personal life – to the best of his ability. In his relationship with people, he is understanding and reliable, makes amazing connections (he always knows a guy). I can’t remember our first meeting but we’ve had several easy and open-minded conversations. That said, he’s the first to start conversations with people – he still hasn’t realized that he has an amazing gift of relating with people – even strangers. He is a goal-getter and an exceptional manager, and when it comes to having fun he gets into the mood 100%.

Trivia on Tobe

- A foodie

- Loves to dance

- An Arsenal fan

Q. Can you introduce yourself and what you do?

A. My name is Tobenna Afamefuna Nnamdi Amechi. Yes, I do not have an English name and for a while, I didn’t like it. However, today I am proud of my Igbo names because each of them has specific meanings which are relevant to life and living. I am a photographer and I run a photography business in Lagos, Nigeria.

Tobenna Amechi

Q. Why do you do your job, and would you rather do something else?

I started the business because it was a skill I had and I needed to make money while waiting to get full-time employment. I wasn’t also so bombed with the idea of working for someone except for having the idea of ‘corporate work’ at the time and being responsible. Over time, the reasons for being in business have grown from money-making and now emotional and core business principles. At some point, I just wanted to make money, other times I just wanted to be happy. There was a period it was powered by how people felt when they got served by my business. Now all of those things have faded, and I am more interested in building a business that solves clients’ problems while meeting the needs of the individuals offering the service. There are days in the cause of running this business that I felt I would rather be doing an actual 9-5, step out every day and do actual work, and then come back. I have gone ahead to even apply for jobs on some days. In the end, I am still here going through the motions and believing. I am a corporate guy. I have an affinity for emails, suits, ties, warm regards, etc. It excites me, and I sincerely want to experience it, if I get the opportunity, either by building it into my own business or getting that actual job and maybe just doing it for 6 months. For me, the travails of being a business owner are always looming. There are busy days, lazy days, and days I question my existence and relevance to both myself and the universe. I like activity – purposeful activity – hence I feel very uncomfortable when I am not doing anything. Why do I currently do what I do? I am not sure I know anymore. I believe many entrepreneurs have gone through this phase too. However, I am at the point where I want to prove my relevance to myself. I want to be sure I am not just existing, and inconsequential to the happenings of life.

Q. What two things do you think of the most each day and why?

  • Growth – I am really scared of not measuring up to my mates, of poverty and stagnant.
  • Relevance – I want to make a mark in peoples lives I don’t want to have just existed, I want to have touched lives so when I die in the next 80 years, people can have good testimonies about me.
  • Money – to make more and never lack while giving to people in need.
  • Love – I feel alone most times, I need a girlfriend in my life.
  • Sex – How I am not having it and wish to get married quickly so I can indulge without guilt
  • Family – current and future.
  • Heaven – How I try not to do the many different things I could be doing that seem normal but will cost me eternity, I can’t go to hell Biko.

Q. What is the best thing about what you do?

A. Sincerely, the best thing about it right now is delivering to the clients’ satisfaction and the consequent balance that comes. Of course, making great images satisfy me, and this was the best thing at some point but not now making great images also means the client would be satisfied.

Q. What do you appreciate about yourself and what would you like to change?

A. I appreciate my soft nature which makes me want to do good for people all the time. I also would like to change it, to be a little more strong-willed, not caring what people will say and a lot of other things.

Q. What have you accomplished so far that has made you proud?

A. A little while ago, I was in a virtual meeting with my staff. I looked at my computer screen and saw their names registered and I realized how blessed I was to have two individuals on my team. I am proud to have been able to build Wise Visuals by God’s grace from a one-person team to where it is now. I am proud and grateful for it.

Q. What was the last book you read and what can you say about it?

A. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. There is no successful person who didn’t have opportunities handed to them, in most cases they didn’t realize they were opportunities that would make them world-famous. However, they still made the best out of the opportunities that were presented to them, putting in the time and work needed to be great at what they did, clocking their 10,000 hours of work to be excellent. In light of this, I figure that everyone is presented with a series of opportunities in their lifetime, we are tasked to view each season as an opportunity and make the best of it. Achieving expertise at something requires you to have put in much time work approximately 10,000 hours, which the successful people we know put in both voluntarily and involuntarily as a result of the opportunities they were presented with. If this is true which does make sense, then intentional practice over time helps the mastery of and success at one’s craft.

Q. What do you feel is the difference between living and existing?

A. The major difference is impact and self-satisfaction. When you live, you affect lives, small and big and you are happy and self-satisfied doing that.

Over time, the reasons for being in business have grown from money-making and now emotional and core business principles. At some point, I just wanted to make money, other times I just wanted to be happy. There was a period it was powered by how people felt when they got served by my business. Now all of those things have faded, and I am more interested in building a business that solves clients’ problems while meeting the needs of the individuals offering the service

Amechi Tobenna on Thursday Talk Series

Q. What is that thing that you see as an obstacle which can stop you from having success?

A. Inconsistency. I find that I can start things and most times I don’t know how to finish or sustain them. Knowing this is a challenge, has also posed an inhibition to start for me, because I don’t want to start and not finish.

Q. If like a movie your life up to this point is played for you to watch, describe how you’d feel about it?

A. I’d feel how I am feeling now, unsatisfied and some level of regret. Grateful for the wins and optimism and faith for a better ending.


Thank you so much Tobenna for the interview and I hope you find what gives you satisfaction. And thank you everyone for sticking around. Have a blissful Thursday.

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Thursday Talk Series| Idowu As A Living Oracle

Rigozo

Holla! Have you listened to Ed Sheeran – Shivers? You should do – like right now – I don’t mean now, but after you’ve read today’s Thursday Talk Series you can skedaddle outta here and go listen to Eddie’s latest song if pop is your kind of jam. All week I had it on repeat. The first time I listened to the song I started dancing even though I’m a tragic dancer. I hope I’m never asked to dance to save my life because it would be my obituary. Yes, that bad. But Ed’s Shivers is that good.

Standing on non-existing protocols, I’d like to introduce Idowu Adeyemi, The Oracle (it’s a fact that I always hear a thunderous cheer anytime he’s introduced). If Orishás (traditional Yoruba spirits) walked the earth, it is safe to say that Idowu is an ancient spirit trapped in a human body, but still offering service to humankind. His personality shines through in all of his affairs, and the work that he puts into the things he’s passionate about places him above his peers (notice I didn’t say he puts passion into his work). He’s also one of the best people that I have been privileged to know. He’s a dreamer by nature, a lawyer by profession, and an Orator by might. I believe the world is waiting to know a man like Idowu, and soon they’ll get to meet him. When he’s not busy with legal matters, he reads (African literature is his favorite), cooks, listens to music, take short walks, and engages in lively discussions (from how to develop the reading culture of Young Africans to the which housemate was evicted on BBN).

Trivia about Idowu

He loved to watch Bollywood😂😂😭❤️

Q. Can you introduce yourself and what you do?

A. My name is Idowu Olamilekan Adeyemi but my friends and fans like to call me “The Oracle.” Not that I truly believe that I’m one but it has a nice ring to it, so I stick to it. I am a Lawyer with my practice areas including Intellectual Property Law, Corporate and Commercial Practice, Legal drafting, Research and Writing. So, if you are ever in need of my services, don’t hesitate to reach out. I am also trying to get a Communication Consulting Company off the ground and I am optimistic it will turn out great pretty soon.

Idowu Adeyemi after Law School
Idowu Olamilekan Adeyemi

Q. Why do you do your job, and would you rather do something else?

A. I have to say that I am not one of those privileged people who have the incredible gift of knowing what exactly they want to do with their lives from an early stage. I was a commercial student throughout my secondary school but then I stumbled on law when I was going to write my o’ levels exam and it felt like the right thing to do because it aligned with my natural abilities but then I got to the University and it felt like a total disaster. It took me another year after law school to fall in love with this profession. So, I practice law because I finally believe that this where I am meant to be and I am good at it and it does align with a major part of my personality not to mention the fact that money doesn’t hurt too. As far as doing something else goes, I won’t. I will rather complement my law practice with other creative endeavors that I am certain I have abilities for.

Q. When have you felt like giving up?

A. Good gracious! That has been too many times already. In fact, it use to be everyday. Being a person with disability and living in an unstructured society like Nigeria is a double jeopardy to say the least. And a specific instance of such frustration will be when a prospective employer hinted at my disability as the reason for not getting the job. This had happened more than once but this particular day, I went back home depressed and I was sure I was never going to try again. But after hunger waya my head for a couple of days, I needed no extra motivation. Lol. I figured if the society is not going to give me a space, I can either take it or create one for myself and that is what I have been doing since that time.

Idowu living in the moment at sunrise

Q. What two things do you think of the most each day and why?

A. I think about self and professional development. I want to be the best at whatever I do. My career and future mean a lot to me and I am always thinking about how many positive steps I have taken each day to get closer to it. I think about family too. A lot, but that is a story for another day. Lol.

Q. What have you accomplished so far that has made you proud?

A. Honestly, I have a lot of things to be grateful for. But what I am proud of the most is the fact that I am able to attain independence. My worst fear growing up use to be that I will forever be dependent as a person with disability. It hunted me so bad that I use to cry in my private space but today, e no too hard to drink small garri and groundnut daily. Lol.

The Oracle having a good time
Photo credit: Rigozo

Q. If money was not relevant, what would you do all day?

A. I will sit with peers and engage in interesting and intelligent conversations all day. I will sit with old people and listen to stories about the past and learn more about our various cultures and languages. I will spend more time trying to understand the dynamics and the diversity of humanity. I sure as hell will travel a lot and explore the world beyond my immediate reality and environment.

Q. What kind of people do you allow in your circle?

A. All kinds of people. Everyone is welcome, as long as you are kind, empathetic and you can show and appreciate love. Tribe, race, religion, class and other basis of discrimination do not apply in my relationships.

Q. Do you consider that people are basically good or bad?

A. I think we are both and I think we are more than that. Humanity is complex, it will be cheap oversimplification to say we are either just good or bad. The part of us that we exhibit however is dependent on various factors; like the part of us we have nurtured the most, socialization process, level of knowledge and exposure, how complex the dilemma we are presented with is at the point of making each decision and a lot more. We can only try to do the right thing but we have to admit that we will not always get it right and that’s okay.

Idowu ‘The Oracle’ in Ibadan

It took me another year after law school to fall in love with this profession. So, I practice law because I finally believe that this where I am meant to be and I am good at it and it does align with a major part of my personality not to mention the fact that money doesn’t hurt too. As far as doing something else goes, I won’t. I will rather compliment my law practice with other creative endeavors that I am certain I have abilities for.

Idowu Adeyemi, ‘The Oracle’ on Thursday Talk Series.

Q. What is your biggest complaint about this country?

A. It’s the lack of a system for me. You cannot single out a sector in Nigeria where things are working the way they should. Everyone just dey freestyle and living each day as it comes. It’s pathetic!

Q. What is the one thing you think that should be taught in school about choosing a career that isn’t?

A. Actually, for me, it’s two things. First, it’s okay to figure out your career path much later after school. It doesn’t mean you are a loser or irresponsible or dumb. It only means you are yet to find yourself and that can take a lot of time for some people and it’s absolutely alright. Just don’t give up on yourself. Whenever you wake up is your morning. All you need do, no matter how long it takes is ensure that you wake up. Second, do not underestimate the power of social capital. Great people in your circle are worth infinitely more than money. So, build relationships and don’t burn bridges. When you finally wake up, those people will be there to say good morning to you and help you get off to a beautiful day ahead.


Thank you so much, Idowu for the interview and I wish you all the best. Remember that your dreams are as great as you envision them to be and it’s only a matter of time. And to everyone still reading thank you so much. Also, you can like, comment and share. Have a lovely Thursday.

Below is a little something I wrote for Idowu a while back, hope you enjoy it.

The Oracle,

When they started calling you ‘The Oracle’ back in school, I teased you at every given opportunity. Well, that was my job description as your friend and sometimes tormentor. I tried my best to be at all of your competitions anyway. 

In a packed lecture hall, when it was your turn to speak, I could sink my teeth into the tension in the air. Maybe I didn’t hear all that you said, and that was the least reason why I was there anyway. The main reason was to watch people as they listened to you. 

To see a mass of bodies lean a little further, hold their breaths, and scream as one at the words you said, was euphoric. That you held sway over the emotions and the actions of people was in itself a form of power. And that was when I realized that you may not be a deity, but you were at those moments the most powerful person in the room. 

Dedicated to Idowu Adeyemi.

How I would like to spend my weekend😭

On Getting Better For Myself

Hey guys! I hope you all had a great time and are looking forward to the rest of the month. Well, I have been busy, and it seems like it will be the same until the end of the year – no breaks for me.

It’s has been a bit crazy, and I’m surprised that I haven’t lost my head completely. Hands down I get the best support from the awesome people around me who genuinely care about my physical and mental health. They are the reason I’m able to stay sane and keep pushing. Also, I’m doing the things I care about and it helps me go to work with a lot of positive energy and produce better results.

I should mention that I often think about becoming a better version of myself, lot, and all the ways that it can be achieved. Also, how I struggle to understand and appreciate myself every day and try to do the right things that are right for me. This has helped me to push away people and habits that are toxic and irrelevant to my growth.

Now, it hasn’t been easy, and I would like to share with you those things I have been struggling with the past couple of months and have acknowledged.

Having Anxiety and Stress

I won’t call myself a perfectionist – that’s too high a bar to set for myself. When I start something, I set my mind to do my best. Nonetheless, I’ll say that I struggle to manage situations when they get out of my control because I like to have a firm grasp of things, and do my best to avoid surprises. If things don’t go as planned I start to freak out, get anxious and overwhelmed, and shocks will go through my body. Always, as long as I have to get work done and something messes with my schedule unexpectedly, I just have to breathe to stabilize. Stress gives me legit headaches. My brain, my heart, they just can’t deal with all of that. People’s intentions are great but I prefer to be far away from whatever affects me negatively.

Lack of Organizational Skills

A big shout-out to people who are organized and can work with daily planners to stay productive. The only reason why I’m so inconsistent with blogging I have several things I have to do but I just can’t manage my time well. If I’m being honest I let myself get distracted by a lot of things when I should be productive. I set tasks in my calendar to do for the week and I barely meet up. I feel like my life would be a lot better if I were more organized.

Taking Care Of Myself

I think y’all are beginning to understand how much of a mess I can be and believe me when I say day-to-day. So, I love to take care of myself, but I only do the basics (read the part about anxiety and stress above). Anything that requires me to do extra beyond washing and moisturizing my body, I see as a lot of work. My skin however has been surviving despite my negligence. But for how long? A few days back, I realized that my hair was damaged and my hair loss scared me. I realized after checking for help that stress and too much tension while manipulating myself were the culprits. Now hair breakage is normal, but when you shed hair a lot, that’s scary. So yeah, my hair is unhealthy and I have to fix it or lose it. Of course, I freaked out, but that’s nothing new.

Presently, I’m not entirely happy with myself, but neither am going to throw myself out in the trash. I know I’m getting no worksheet that helps me magically work this out because getting better takes a lot of hard work and commitment. My friend told me that there would always be things that are out of our control, but some things we can control, like reading books, eating well, taking care of our body and hair, making a work schedule, and sticking with it, exercise, or do yoga, and so on. To become better is therefore personal decision to do all that I can take that’s within my capability. Do my best and leave the rest they say.

This reminds me, I’m aware that I haven’t written a story or a poem in a very long time, instead, all the writings I do these days are work-related and I haven’t done photography as much. That is why I will like to take another route from here on out, starting from this post. I’ll be coming in here to dump my thoughts. I don’t mean to pour out every impression or try to bemoan my existence. Lol. I’ll just be sharing snippets of the things I do, books I’ve read, songs I’m jamming to, and how I get through life. Like doing reality checks now and again.

I hope you have a beautiful day. Try to be better for yourself, not for anybody – although people can inspire you. Make sure the conviction comes from you.

Sending love and light,

Until next time.

PS. I’ve started taking care of my hair. It would be a while before it gets better, and I’m looking forward to it.


Phone photography of a gas station
Shot with my phone and edited on snapseed
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    The apparition introduced himself as Mo.
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How To Improve Your Skill As A Beginner Photographer

I mentioned taking photography seriously this year in my memoir, right? If you don’t know all about that check it out here. Well, it hasn’t been easy at all but I think I’ve come a long way and I have learned a lot. (It’s belated I know but we are still in August so Happy world photography day! and if you’d like to see how I celebrated it, click here)

I love to tell stories and well this is a story, sort of, where I tell you how far I have come as a beginner photographer and how I’ve improved my skills. I hope you find it helpful if you are interested in jumping into photography or just taking it as a hobby.

Here’s an update on what I’ve been up to

  • I finished a 6month photography internship (I started late last year and finished sometime around March).
  • I was retained and have since worked as an assistant photographer.
  • Joined an online photography class.

If you are a beginner photographer and want to improve your skills, you shouldn’t be thinking of what gear to buy or how to get 1000 likes on Instagram. I’ll share with you the basic thing you need to know to start as a beginner photographer.

Start from where you are

As a beginner photographer, start from where you are. When I first started photography I used my phone, Samsung Galaxy GT18552 and I remember this because I loved that smartphone. My selfie camera was a mess but the main/back camera worked quite fine. After the first introductory class which I had during my final year in school, I was ready to take pictures everywhere I went. I was like Dora the Explorer without the backpack and monkey. I’ve discovered something new and exciting, and I wanted everyone around me to be aware of it. You can use your phone and if you can afford a DSLR camera, then go for it. The most important thing is to start and then you can build up from there.

Teddy bear sitting on a bus’s dashboard photographed using my phone

Use YouTube

Youtube is a great resource to learn a lot about photography for free. Yes! You can’t always know everything. Me? I don’t know everything. What I know about Snapseed and editing when I first started with my phone, I learned from those wonderful people on YouTube. Today I still use it to learn about lighting, focus, camera body and settings, exposure triangle, composition, photoshop, lightroom, and so on. It’s amazing for a beginner. There’s knowledge for anyone interested in learning and improving their skills. Fantastic❤️

Gallery shot of Leisure Mall, Lagos.

Be patient

Be patient with yourself. I am lucky to have people around who encourage me, and not because I am a pro or genius or anything close. With time I’ve come to realize that growth is a process. The child is the father of a man, is an expression by William Wordsworth which indicates that childhood traits and experiences impact the life of a man. So also as a beginner photographer, with years comes experience and improvement. I know so much more now than I ever did when I first started photography.

Three little bridesmaids

Believe in yourself

From phone photography to using a camera, it’s wonderful to see that I can chart a map from my early beginnings as a photographer to now. The journey has not always been easy like I said, sometimes excruciating. What stood out for me is how much believing in myself goes a long way. Not that getting support from people around me doesn’t count (it does), but I stand a better chance of accomplishing my best when I believe in myself. As a beginner photographer that’s like your super power.

Beach front with rocks photographed with a phone

Try new things

Don’t be scared to do shake things up. Move out of your comfort zone; pack your bags. You’ll find opportunities to explore your creativity as a photographer. Sure you may not take those images that will make people want to lick their screen as a beginner but you’ll learn a thing or two. Use the internet to find prompts or just walk around the house and look for something to shoot.

Street photography of a bustling street as the sunset

Keep Practicing

That’s the golden rule in my opinion. All the books, online classes, YouTube videos etcetera, won’t make a lot of sense if you don’t practice as a beginner photographer. I mean even the professionals do a lot of practice. Whether you are using a camera or a phone, don’t skip on practicing. It can be anywhere; on the bus, at a park, inside the house, at the mall, and so on.

Engagement shoot for couples

Have fun

What’s the point if you are feeling sad and awful all the time. You should be having fun even though as a beginner it won’t be easy. I know, I know, you are saying, ‘what if I miss the moment.’ Well, you missed it. Now focus on having fun, and keep an eye out for the next moment. Easy peasy😌😁. I’m still hoping from one place to the other looking for a niche, but I’m having a ton of fun and you should too.

My sister smiling and looking lovely

My biggest challenge so far

I find myself battling imposter syndrome often.

My greatest achievement

I’m able to celebrate small wins, no matter how insignificant it may seem. This has helped me come a long way.

Awesome Resources

Practice, Practice and Finding the Time For Photography

Get Better At Photography With Practice (Photo Tips, Tricks, and Your Questions Answered)

9 Photography Techniques That Every Beginner Should Practice

Thursday Talk Series | Deep Conversations With Jiya

Rigozo

This is for anybody out there who is struggling to meet deadlines and is feeling overwhelmed by life in general. It’s not easy to work on so many projects at the same time without running the risk of neglecting one or two and then feeling like a total loser because of it. I have a lot going on right now guys and I am cutting really close to my deadlines and losing sleep. I have found that if not properly managed it affects my ability to focus and be creative. I try to tell myself that this too shall pass, and I’m working towards creating a more productive space for myself🤞🏾 I’ll share tips/tools that I’m currently utilizing to help step up my working game, but that will be another day.

Let me introduce Jiya, it’s really great to have him here. So Jiya gives off the first impression that he can be easily read but really he’s a lot like Rubik’s Cube, cool and complex. One moment you think you have him all figured out, and then wham! he reveals another side of himself that is totally unexpected. Jiya is also the one person to call if you need to keep the place alive with humor and terrific/deep conversations (obsessed with his voice and for a good reason; he sounds like raw honey and spice😌). He personal exudes self-awareness, and he’s introspective, intense, and very passionate


Q. Can you introduce yourself and what you do?

A. Sure! I’m Daniel Jiya Majin, but I mostly go by Jiya. I’m a Podcaster, Story Writer, and Singer. I love Anime, deep discussions, music, and women.

Daniel Jiya Majin

Q. Why do you do your job, and would you rather do something else?

A. I do my job because it’s what I can do with the least amount of stress for money. I don’t know if it’s fair to say I’d rather do something else. It’s more like I’d rather do a more polished and complete version of what I currently do, that makes more money.

Q. What’s your idea of real success and how can it be achieved?

A. Success to me is being able to live and thrive off doing the things you want to do. The things you really want to do. I want to have interesting and deep conversations with people. I want to write compelling and heart-felt stories that touch people. I want to stir hearts with my voice, If I can ever make a living from doing these things, I win. That’s a success.

Q. What do you appreciate about yourself and what would you like to change?

A. I appreciate that I’m not afraid to look inward to see what’s wrong. I appreciate that I have a kind heart even though I feel like it makes me weak. I appreciate that I’m somewhat intelligent. I appreciate my fantastic physical frame. I wish I could change my work ethic. I wish I could change my inability to handle failure properly. I wish I could change my emotional insecurities. I wish I was more driven and motivated.

Q. If you could, what’s the one thing you’d change about the world?

A. The lack of understanding between people. It’s crazy how many misunderstandings and a lack of connection set us back as a people.

Q. What do you perceive your biggest losses are, financially or people?

A. I actually think they’re more personal, but I’ll put down my desire to flog myself. Definitely financial. I’m actually blessed to still be surrounded by so many wonderful people.

Q. What kind of people do you allow into your circle?

A. People who show an interest in me, people who listen and think, and most importantly, people I like.

Q. If money was not relevant, what would you do all day?

A. Sing, play competitive video games, exercise, smoke weed with my friends, and talk about our experiences.

Q. What superpowers would you like to have and why?

A. Reading minds. Cuz control over the heart and mind is the ultimate power.

Jiya

Success to me is being able to live and thrive off doing the things you want to do. The things you really want to do….have interesting and deep conversations…write heart felt stories that touch people…stir hearts with my voice, If I can ever make a life from doing these things, I win. That’s success.

Q. What’s the one thing you think that should be taught in school about choosing a career that isn’t?

A. That it’s okay to figure out what you want as you go along. A lot of the time we get put in boxes yeah? Then we’re constantly told “think out of the box”. But they never teach you how.


Thank you Jiya for the interview and to everyone reading, hope you have a fabulous Thursday.

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Thursday Talk Series| Why I Love The Things I Do By Muyiwa

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Yesterday I met two old friends and I really can’t describe the feeling. The first person I met gave me the feel warm like I get when I’m wearing my favorite hoody. The second person felt a lot like coming home after a very long trip. I rushed down the road for a hug and almost knocked down both of us in my excitement. I can truly say with my full chest that yesterday was a lovely day. They both made me realize that I’ve not just been existing. Over the years I’ve lived my life experiencing a myriad of wonderful and amazing people. Quite a number of them were featured on Thursday Talk Series, and it has been a pleasure. Even when the world presents itself as a terrible place, and the struggle is unending, just having good people in your life can make the difference between living and existing.

Glad to have Muyiwa here today🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 and I need to let y’all know that he’s got the personality to make you want to never part with him. You’ll probably be daunted by his 6ft + height when you first meet (I’m 5.9 but I feel like a troll beside him) but he’s the proper gentleman and soon he’ll have you putty in his palms. Plus he gives the best hugs (like a human-size teddy bear). And his mind is a beautiful place, with a unique style of storytelling. What’s striking about Muyi is that he doesn’t put up appearances, and he takes you as you come and impresses on you that you are more than enough. He’s eager to learn as well as teach, talk and listen, laugh and cry, whatever it takes to make you feel appreciated – Mr Nice Guy has nothing on him.


Q. Can you introduce yourself and what you do?

A. My name is Are Victor Olumuyiwa, a perfect description of Christ’s love to man (I didn’t even have to cook this up sef) but that’s it sha. I’m a Nigerian, lol😄 I feel like I should stress that I’m proudly Nigerian. I love my country although her matter dey tire me sometimes, but I really love her. What do I do? I serve God for a living! Like that’s the most important thing that I do, and I get paid for it (you want to know how? You’re welcome to find out, it’s not that deep but it is😁). I’m also a freelance content writer, give me any topic Nwanne’m and I will serve you hot-hot. I’m also just starting to build a life from photography, so yeah I think we’re fine here.

Are Muyiwa wearing Traditional attire
Are Victor Olumuyiwa

Q. Why do you do your job? And would you rather do something else?

A. Mehn, I’ve tried a lot of stuff, I’ve done things but I’ve not felt this measure of peace, joy, and fulfillment that comes from these (the things I do). The fact that it has an impact on men is humbling and a joy to behold( KJV things). I’ve had people read my stuff and just love me, pure love please 😊 it’s beautiful. Would I rather do something else? I don’t know, something like what abeg?

Q. What is the best thing about what you do?

A. Its influence on people, a writer’s pen is such a powerful tool..look at famous writers from Chimamanda Adichie to John Grisham, Francine Rivers to Peter Abrahams, Myles Munroe to Brian Tracy.

Are Victor Olumuyiwa

Q. What do you feel you take for granted and how does it affect you?

A. In the past it used to be good health. I almost lost my life in 2019, and that experience shaped a lot of things for me. If you have noticed with men, na when you escape death once, you go just wise anyhow😄. You start to see things differently. Now it has to be rest. I think a lot of people take this for granted. When I don’t have enough rest, some part of my face starts to twitch, like my eyes, nose, and lips start to move involuntarily. It’s important to rest when you need to, if you don’t have enough rest when you should, one day you’ll be lying down on a hospital bed.

Q. Can you describe the person that knows you best?

A. I know myself best abeg😄😄. My family (it’s a large family), I think everyone is pretty much on the same level.

Are Victor Olumuyiwa

Q. What two things do you think of the most each day and why?

A. Easy something 😋 Number 1 (in Ghanian English), God’s love for me. I really like to dwell there for many reasons, one of which is that it fills me with so much love and grace to extend to the next person. Number two is God’s word. I love to meditate on the scriptures a lot. They get me excited, they have me saying ‘Glory to God’ one minute and ‘Woosh, praise God’ the next minute. They keep my mind sane, healthy, and with the right vibes. I’m very loud about my faith (with my full chest), as I am not a secret service agent for Christ.

Q. What do you appreciate about yourself and what would you like to change?

A. Well…I appreciate that there’s no end to what I’m capable of, lol. It’s hard to see me finish, laye. You think this is it, something new pops up. What would I like to change? My shoe size😭😍😭😭. I have a pair of black shoes, size 50. I’ve started wearing 49/48 though, but I get to pull it off sometimes so that blood can flow through the veins in my leg or else I’d have to go to the toilet to stretch my legs (no jokes) People with big legs don’t usually have fine shoes😓. Please join me in prayers – size 45 is the prayer request.

Are Victor Olumuyiwa

Q. Do you consider that people are basically bad or basically good?

A. I came into a world filled with complexes. I’d have loved to have the world in a monochrome filter though, because it’s peaceful, and life would have been easier to live I think. You are either white or black.

Q. Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert and why?

A. I’m a mix of both really, but more introverted. Okay, let’s just pick one. I love my space, and I enjoy it. I love my room a lot! And my room loves me too. I know how to have fun alone. Bored? How? But if the occasion demands that I be an extrovert, why not? I will play the role well. My brothers; Chyke and Sojay have done an exceptional job in getting that part of me out.

Mehn, I’ve tried alot of stuff, I’ve done things but I’ve not felt this measure of peace, joy and fulfillment that come from these (the things I do). The fact that it has impact on men is humbling and a joy to behold (KJV things). I’ve had people read my stuff and just love me, pure love please 😊 it’s beautiful.

Are Victor Olumuyiwa on Thursday Talk Series

Q. What would top your list as the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love?

A. Mehn..craziest…hmm (thinking). Well, would you call writing an original poem – never before seen, not on the internet – every Saturday of the year, and 30 extra poems (originals too) on her birth month, crazy? If it is, then that has to be my craziest😁


Thank you so much Muyi for being here. You have been amazing all through the years and I wish you more grace❤️ And thanks to everyone for reading.

A picture I took last week
Burke Uzzle, ”Photography is a love affair with life.”
Love this quote

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    The apparition introduced himself as Mo.
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Our Shared Experience Through Photographs |World Photography Day

I’m used to staying back and running things behind the scene but when I was asked to become the Team Leader for my online photography class on our presentation for World Photography Day, I’m glad to say that my team did a great job.

I learnt a lot from this experience and realized that I am capable of doing more than I can even imagine. This is a moment I’ll look back on and be inspired by how intentional I was about achieving success and how this was possible with the help of amazing people. I’m sharing what we did because I’m very intentional about celebrating small wins and they set the path towards achieving bigger goals.

Topic: Our Shared Experience Through Photographs

Title slide for our shared experience through photographs

From the world’s earliest captured photograph to posting pictures of selfies, pets and food, photography has come a long way and has become a very important part of our lives.

Around the world in 60seconds

VO: Why do I say this? Because when it comes to photographs, anything is possible.
For instance, are you aware that from where you’re seated you could travel around the world in 60 seconds? Get ready!

As you can see, through photographs we are able to experience life outside of our society and engage with diverse communities all around the world. This is why we celebrate world photography day, to make this shared experience possible by transcending time and space, culture and traditions, to unite the world through photographs.

History Is Made Through Photographs – Photographers as Revolutionaries

History is made through photographs

“Photographers are one of those who can turn a single moment into an unbreakable memory” – Vatsal Nathwani


It simply means that Photographs can never go out of style. The history of photography is such that we have had revolutionary photographers that set the stage for photography as we know it all over the world and even in Nigeria. The historical style and works of these photographers inspire us even in this present day, and informs the art, craft, and science of photography.

Jonathan Adagogo Green was Nigeria’s first Indigenous Professional photographer and a pioneer of photography in Nigeria. He’s known for his documentation of the colonial power and culture.

Solomon Osagie Alonge was a self-taught photographer and pioneer of Nigerian Photography.
He was the first official photographer of the royal court of Benin City, Nigeria. Solomon also had the ability to tell the story of his people from a personal and detailed perspective.

Works of Regina Relang and Solomon Osagie Alonge
Revolutionary pictures

Regina Relang was a German Fashion photographer and Photojournalist during the 50s and 60s. She began working for Vogue in 1938 and she photographed fashion shoots at haute couture presentations, as well as models in glamorous locations. Not only did Regina document the changing fashions but her photographs also presented a more modern portrayal of women.

John Szarkowski was an American Photographer, curator, historian and critic. He was the director of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art from 1962-1991. He went against all odds and elevated Street Photography to an original state in the world.

Dorothea Lange was an American Documentary Photographer and Photojournalist. Her photographs clearly documented the NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THE DEPRESSION on the rural poor and migrant farmworkers. These photographs also served as a political tool for they helped the nation to see the negative effect of depression on an individual level also.

The works of Dorothy Lange, John Szarkowski and Yousuf Karsh
Timeless photographs

Yousuf Karsh was an Armenian Canadian Photographer known for his portraits of important and famous men and women of politics. He was notorious for using carefully arranged lighting to model his subject’s faces, thereby obtaining a monumental and idealized presentation that helped promote their public image.

Every photographer today is a shutter away from making history and shaping the the minds of future generations to come. People will always enjoy the pleasure of creating and documenting memories because photographs are stories at a glance.

Inspiring Hope: Surviving a Pandemic

Tragedy struck and the world was devastated by the effects of the coronavirus, again photographs helped people around the world to have shared experience. When the lockdown isolated us, photographs helped us stay connected. People shared pictures with their loved ones, friends and colleagues on social media, and it was a way to keep informed of events unfolding worldwide.
The theme for World Photography Day 2020 was “Pandemic Through The Lens.” This was a thoughtful way to help people express their feelings and it passed a powerful message of hope that we were all together fighting for our survival.

Coronavirus isolate the world

Photographs shape the world as we know it and serves as a tool for social change both nationally and globally. As the ideals of the world changes and people become empowered to pursue development both as individuals and as members of the society, photographs have become symbolic to inspire people to take charge of securing a better future for them.

End Sars Protests to stop police brutality in Nigeria

Conclusion

Burk Uzzle said, “Photography is a love affair with life.”

If photographs lets us experience exotic places in the comfort of our homes, start revolutions and make history, and allows us to connect with our loved ones whether it’s during the holidays or when facing a pandemic, will you now be able to imagine living in a world where photography does not exist?


That’s the gist🥰. If you’d like to watch the presentation click on the video below👇🏽 or you can check it out on Instagram