So there I was, standing by at 6 am in the morning pretending to be waiting for the Social Media Week shuttle. But the truth was, I was more into waiting for Anu to show up. Who is this 5 years old keeping me waiting? Suddenly there she was, on time and with her signature cap on. I adjusted my fedora hat quickly, stood upright as this little majesty waltz into our midst (photographers) unafraid. After exchanging pleasantries with her, I started thinking. What significant thing did I do with myself at age five outside planting a boiled egg and hoping it would grow so that I could selfishly have more than one egg to eat. (Still waiting for my harvest over 50 years after).
Well, this is not about me so let’s go back to Anu. She gisted with a few photographers and settled down to enjoy the shuttle bus taking us all to Landmark. Immediately we got there, the real Anu emerged. Everyone knew her. The security people didn’t dare to ask “her majesty” for her gate pass/tag. It was given to her on personal recognition whilst others were waiting in the queue. Off she went slapping high fives and taking her shots.
I caught up with her later and wanted to see what type of shots she was taking. “Anu let me see your shots,” I asked expecting to see cut off heads and legs. She disappointed me. Her shots were perfect. These were not pictures taken by a 5-year-old. These are adult professional shots. Her Dad said she started at two. I wonder what I was doing with my life as a 2-year-old?
Later in the day, I saw her draw her dad to one side having indicated to all that this conversation was supposed to be private. He returns back and says to me “Anu has a present for you”. This child made me almost weep. She gave me a framed photo of some rocks at a beach.
And here I was, overwhelmed by this child’s gesture. I didn’t even bring a present for her. (Lesson learned from a baby girl) .
I could say more but let me stop here.
Thanks, Anu. It was a privilege shooting side by side with you. I wish you the best in life. I pray, in someday not far from now you will be at Aso Rock taking pictures of Mr. President and from there to the USA to shoot Donald Trump too, etc.
God bless you real good in Jesus Glorified name. Amen.
Let’s now enjoy the Prose/poem I wrote concerning ANU.
How do I write about Anufotogirl
What exactly do I say about her
She is an ever-flowing river of youth, energy and creative wisdom
I have to do something to mask my ignorance.
Should I hide her in my phrases expecting them to speak about her
Or put her in the deep waters of the stanzas
Maybe blend this cute beauty in the mystery of metaphors
Believing the discerning will understand and find her there.
So I tried and it became a hit and miss activity
For every minute she unveiled another side of her charming personality
A few seconds back she is a baby needing candy
Next minute she is a professional applying the rule of the thirds.
An adorable wonder at 5
Innocently cute, direct and cuddly
Bold beauty, our “Mufasa” in the jungle of photography
Mention who is who, she has shot them and would still do.
Tiny hands manipulating the humongous DSLR
Sporting the prey she zooms into action with her feet
Click after click as she meanders through the forest of lenses and leggy adults
Prey in focus, this is easier than playing with legos and crayons.
Rat tat tat tat goes the shutter goes again
The young “huntress” spots a lonely “prey”
How many has she shot today
Explore digital spaces and archival papers for updates.
“Let’s go shoot the barbecue”
Who was I to disobey her orders
“Carry me up” the next instruction
Click click click, these are not single shots.
Anu, the oxygen of the entire social media week
Hi-fiving and fist-bumping with Media Moguls her game
Don’t ever dare her by turning your camera towards her
Except you are ready for a duel, a camera shoot out, which you would never win.
To read another Poem Call her girl, lady, she, her, Woman
What do you think about this post? What advice would you give her and her parents? Let me have your comments.
Benedicta Saroh · March 7, 2020 at 5:57 am
Very cute girl
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 6:41 am
Thanks Benee 🙏🙏
KG · March 7, 2020 at 6:19 am
She’s definitely going places.👍👍
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 6:41 am
Kay · March 7, 2020 at 6:44 am
Wow!!! The sky is definitely her starting point. You’re going places darling Anu.
Thank you so much sir, for this pictoral description of this special breed.
God help us to harness the unimaginable potentials embedded in our children early, in Jesus glorified name.
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 6:57 am
Amen o my beloved Sis
Victoria · March 7, 2020 at 4:32 pm
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 4:54 pm
Olumide Ajala · March 9, 2020 at 4:49 am
Wow!, she’s going places.
Ovyay · March 9, 2020 at 6:01 am
Melodious · March 7, 2020 at 6:46 am
Beautiful piece! Pretty girl!!
Superb hobby. A great inspiration to the “GIRL CHILD”. God bless her with more wisdom. Thanks my Bishop for showcasing her skills to the world.
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 6:57 am
Documentary Photography · March 7, 2020 at 6:52 am
She is the most sweetest little cutie have ever met. She is going places. Am proud of her.
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 6:58 am
Me too 😂😂. Thanks for commenting
agina emeka · March 7, 2020 at 8:06 am
Wow, may Almighty God bless and protect her in Jesus name Glorified…
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 8:19 am
Amen o. Thanks Bro Emeka
Femi Adebesin-Kuti · March 7, 2020 at 9:07 am
I learn from Anu…yes that’s the truth of the matter. At the 2017-18 editions of SMWL, her parents participated as volunteers, her father who has been a long time friend and colleague introduced Anu’s mother then the young Anu said “Big Daddy wait let me snap you and my Dad”. Initially I don’t allow my Children to touch my camera… since that day two of my boys has become a photographer thanks to Anu ‘fotogirl’ Adedeji…
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 9:09 am
Wow Sir, I like this your comment. It’s helpful to parents. Thanks. It was a honor meeting you.
Obehioye · March 7, 2020 at 11:26 am
Rare beauty with great talents. God bless and take you to greater heights In Jesus Glorified name Amen.
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 1:52 pm
Tinu · March 7, 2020 at 9:23 am
Beautiful girl, may she continue to stand before kings and not mere men.
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 9:24 am
Tunde Akinseye · March 7, 2020 at 11:33 am
She’s awesome and this is the beginning. She’ll definitely go places. Found her gift and maybe calling early in life. I wish her all the best.
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 1:53 pm
Ovis · March 7, 2020 at 5:26 pm
Awwwn This Is Cute 😊
Ovyay · March 7, 2020 at 8:08 pm
Femare · March 7, 2020 at 8:21 pm
The future is bright for her ..nice one, thanks for sharing sir.
Lordside · March 7, 2020 at 10:11 pm
It takes the Grace of God for one to decide on something and come to pass. Little did I know that A Man of God will consider me to be my speaker in an event I have volunteer for 6 years and end his speaking visit to celebrate a gift that God bestow on human and create time to celebrate her which now turn to eye opening to other parents to nurture the God giving talent of every child. Sir God will celebrate you here on Earth and when you return home. Peace
Ovyay · March 8, 2020 at 4:24 am
God takes the praise my beloved. Amen. We thank God for everything.
Promise Uche · March 8, 2020 at 2:34 pm
A great child, going to higher places.
Ovyay · March 8, 2020 at 2:56 pm
ifeanyi anselem · March 9, 2020 at 2:52 pm
Power of discovery, we parent have to learn from Anu and allow our children some space to learn we must not be afraid of the mistakes and damage they may course us, but bear in mind they are on the path of discovery,
Ovyay · March 9, 2020 at 4:05 pm
True talk 👍👍
Lordside · March 10, 2020 at 12:41 am
Anu is brand that will change parenting style to the one that discover and nuture God given talent of every child.
Ovyay · March 10, 2020 at 4:19 am
Bunmi · March 14, 2020 at 10:08 am
I ‘m in short words, but I know by God’s grace nations will hear about you and feel your impact. Anu you are a star keep shining now and always, remain blessed in Jesus glorified name Amen.
Ovyay · March 14, 2020 at 10:15 am
Victor · February 14, 2022 at 7:20 pm
Wow! this is so inspiring
Ovyay · February 14, 2022 at 7:32 pm
Thanks so much 🙏