52nd Nigerian Independence Press release

From the desk of Femo, written with my digital Biro.

My fellow countrymen at home & in the diaspora, today I write to you as a concerned citizen of our ‘great’ nation as part of what we’ve come to know and accept as ‘Independence day’.

For over thirty odd years of my solemn and severally sober existence, my humble eyes have seen lofty things displayed in flagrant colors severally in the Nigerian entity.

I am not a Nigerian optimist… Hope is never a strategy!! I believe in our ever so long & unending Nigerian prayers but faith also without common sense works is akin to a God not interested in our complete exodus from Egypt.

I am not a Nigerian Patriot. God bless the lousy Americans or the bullish English but I don’t go about everywhere singing praises of my nation. I only try to be a good citizen of the world & hopefully if someone notices, Nigeria gets some credit.

I do not understand the idea of Nigerian independence and fifty two anniversaries even makes it harder to comprehend. Like most of our African brothers are we truly independent of some big brothers? Are we self sustaining, self regenerating and self developing?

Many things have refused to change & every October 1st I’ve known reminds me of New year resolutions long forgotten barely 10days into the new year. Again do i hope and pray it’s a different year? You be the judge!!

I am not a Nigerian fan who will get himself drunk, excited & ethereal about a date or event yet tomorrow morning will be back to the saddening realities of everyday Nigerian life.

Today is not one to be gregariously inobjective or actively seeking debaucheries of any kind all in the cloak of patriotism.

It is one of reflection.. Casting your mind back to when you first learned to recite the Nigerian pledge or when you were constantly told as a child ‘you are the leaders of tomorrow’

Remember the joy that filled your heart, the sparkle in your eyes, the ambition in your voice?

Maybe im alone on that but whatever the case may be, today we all across the nations of the Earth (and maybe Mars, you never know where Nigerians go) should ask ourselves what we would do for Nigeria

As cliched as that might sound, the first step to changing a nation is changing their culture; To change the culture, change the people; To change the people, change their thinking; To change the their thinking is up to you to do for you!

So again what would I do for Nigeria today? 160million voices and minds orchestrated in multivaried selfless ventures of change can begin to heal our bitter waters, restore our national glory & ‘build a nation where peace & justice shall reign’

Forget those who sold us to the British; The British that gave us many complexities to deal with; our internal and tribal differences; Lack of sustained vision and maintainance; Our curse of electing leaders exactly like us all; our corrupt fabric and honesty and integrity bereft core….

These are things we’ve known. What we can know from this point is what matters more!!

‘To serve Nigeria’ was once for me NOT BY FORCE. It still is!! Its BY CHOICE

SERVING HER WITH ALL MY HEART, DEFENDING HER UNITY & UPHOLDING HER HONOR & GLORY is truly not by force… It is a choice we can make.

The labours of our heroes past (albeit how shady it might be sometimes) truly looks increasingly to be in vain. What would our children’s children say about us?

Enough of being so much of a godly nation but flawed with several godless vices & inhumane attributes. The 7 deadly sins are almost becoming a Nigerian brand… Wait did we invent those sins?!

30 years is way too long not to have STABLE electricity, good roads, peace & security, sound education, a commoners rest of mind and national well being… All things I can’t remember ever being things Any Nigerian can boast Nigeria has given to them or they’ve given Nigeria through just or uncorrupt means.

This is our Independence anniversary but when will we truly be independent? How long more do we have to wait?

Ok, can the stone wielding idiots, sorry patriots now cast deluded stones in this direction?

(and with sanctimonious caution I close by saying) God bless the winds going in all 8 cardinal points, the Nigerian hustle, those who can talk & those who will act, those stealing & those catching, the big men in Aso Rock, everyone in our many states & the indestructibly contagious Nigerian spirit.

God bless Nigeria!!

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Moving ahead

Sometimes its important to know and understand the rules…

but if you really want to move ahead its pretty important that you are willing to break the rules you know and re-create new ones….

Nuff said…get into breaking the rules you’ve always known!

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I moved

Hey guys

How are things? I haven’t blogged here in a while and it has been for certain reasons beyond the usual laziness…anyways, its actually the technicalities

I ran out of wordpress space in terms of memory and I had two options

1. Delete posts to accommodate new pictures OR

2. I buy more space from WordPress Or

3. (I forgot there was a third option for a long time) Move somewhere else with unlimited memory space or the illusion of that before I have to start paying for it.

So I have moved my pictures to the least obvious place …..Tumblr

Of course, I will carry the wordpress family along but you will just have to check the photos to whatever I blog out here on Tumblr as I don’t have space again to upload additional images.

Hopefully this should be fun

In the meanwhile, enjoy my newest post

http://shotbyfemo.tumblr.com/post/7016130812/centerpacs-resorts-sherwood-forest-sherwood-a

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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON – The Decisive Moment

One of my heroes of streetphotography and photojournalism is the French Photographter Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Its something to observe and understudy the legends of photography but its a different experience all together to sit with them in a room just to hear them speak from their wealth of experience.

Well, He’s long gone and dead but you can learn a thing or two (in his own words) from this documentary.

Have fun

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F**K you – Pay Me

Hey guys,

How’s it going today? I was watching this earlier and felt I should share with you.

You are probably a creative person or someone that renders one form of service(s) or the other and you have to deal with people making payments – The question is how do you protect yourself from a loss for your efforts should the client decide not to pay after the service(s) have been rendered?

I hope this video gives you one or two helpful advice.

Have fun

PS – It’s about 38mins long!!

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The Power……

I am no animator or cinematographer but every photographer, I believe, is a budding one.

We only capture images in stills yet in our minds we see the world in a continuous stream of still images. Every now and then I run into something that blows my ‘minds’ wider apart from the point where it is now and the point where it had never imagined it could attain to.

The power of the human mind is a vast endless energy of treasures that might not be completely understood or mined albeit the amount of resources or efforts we put into it. Of course, we can leave it to rot or waste away or we might not fully maximize its potential.

This video that I ran into today is yet proof again that the Human mind is more powerful than androids!!

For the most part, The fear of living can easily be replaced with the joy of just existing!! Make the most of your mind my friend!

BeDazzled!!

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Playing without Light

The absence of light is called?????? 

Okay, while you think of an for answer that, I would like to point your attention to something else…Shadows! Some dictionaries define Shadow as ‘A dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface‘ or ‘ Partial or complete darkness, especially as produced in this way‘ or ‘ A person secretly following and observing another

I think the last definition doesn’t apply here except it describes most of us reading this – in short you are shadowing my blog – hehehehehe

Jokes aside. I didn’t think of shadows as being an inference of light for a while. I thought more of it in terms of darkness or being without light. Small wonder I couldn’t be bothered about it when taking pictures as light and the quality of light you have is all that makes most aspects of photography work. Of course in post production, it is also a vital tool to enhance images or something to be removed completely to suit your needs.

I must admit that my thinking was partly wrong. I noticed also that the first definition of shadows (which I quoted earlier) works universally when you are under the sun – of course we are all under the sun.

The sun is a huge light source and by coming between its rays and another surface, I create shadows! Wow! Physics is magic…but why don’t many photographers make more out of it? Who knows, maybe we just can’t be bothered!!

Some weeks back, I was coming back from somewhere (it was still a little cold weather wise) and as I walked out of a shopping mall, I saw my shadow on the pavement ahead of me.

I don’t think anyone’s shadow excites them again as long as they are over three years old but it was like I met my own shadow again. To even add more character to my shadow, I had a big duffle jacket on and a hat and my shadow created unique shapes.

Of course, by now I couldn’t help myself. I had to take pictures of it and here are the images of me playing without light (okay that doesn’t make sense but you get the gist)

In the future, I might commission an assignment for myself where all I am capturing is shadows from everyday works and walks of life – who knows?

Can you guess in which of the pictures I was frowning? Just kidding!

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