August 21, 2013

Shooting a movie premiere.

Gem of the Rainforest costars Kae Shakir and Perez Egbi
The perks for a photographer like me (besides the photographing) would be visiting different places, meeting new people and becoming an integral part of the event.  I had the priviledge of photographing a Nollywood movie premiere—Gem of the Rainforest, starring Ramsey Nouah.  This crossover Nollywood movie is directed by Don Okolo (Material Witness, Blood and Destiny) and produced by Nkem DenChukwu—Author - Tribal Echoes.

July 17, 2013

Are you Nigerian?

Just like the hurricane, Nigerian Reunion 2013 has come and gone.  We are now left with fond memories of the brotherhood and camaraderie.  It always feels like home where two or more Nigerians are gathered, even if you never met them before.  The usual colloquialisms only known to us, the familiarity is always there.  I definitely met lots of folks from Houston, out of town; the movers and shakers in the diaspora.  It's always good to watch these folks to see your potential, to see where you could possibly end up in your life if you put in the time and effort.  Hearing the accomplishments of some of the image award nominees and recipients, I know I can absolutely do anything and excel, give back and bring about change.

July 8, 2013

NRC 2013 — Day 5

Comedians from left to right: MC PC, Seyi Brown, Wamilele, and "Mr Houston"the voice of local 311
By this day, I was spent.  It has been a whirlwind.  One thing I realized: passion drives creativity and productivity.  I would do this work over and over again.  By this time, they call me "Paparazzi"—it's hilarious!  I'm the girl with the camera, everyone knows to adjust their positions as I walk by because I might sneak in a shot.  So far, my work is appreciated, everyone wants me to photograph them, some have pulled me aside to find out how I got into this and commend my passion and dedication.

NRC 2013 — Day 4

You know your day is made when you meet a legend.

So, it is now the fourth day; started with YAP talk show with a panel discussion.  Raising a family with the couple in two different religions, the challenges of dating, gay rights in Nigeria were hot topics discussed.  What do you think about throwing homosexuals in jail for fourteen years?  Do women need to make themselves more available and accessible to men, or is it the other way around?  Are single men threatened by independent women?

July 6, 2013

NRC 2013 — Day 3

The reunion has gained momentum.  Today I had the pleasure of observing models in their natural habitat—primping, priming; It was certainly fun to watch.

July 5, 2013

NRC 2013 — Day 2

B.A.S.K.E.E.E.T.T.T

He put on quite a show last night, had the audience rolling from their seats.  If you missed this show, you missed a lot.  He didn't disappoint with his usual raunchy jokes too grown for children; usual misgivings of a common Nigerian citizen.  He has certainly honed his craft over the years; from a Youtube sensation to a international fan base.

Bo bo... e day try.

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More on NRC 2013.

Thanks for reading.
I appreciate you.
Love,
Msada.

July 4, 2013

NRC 2013 — Day 1


Nigerian reunion 2013 is now in full swing.  First day started and ended with a bang, busy day.   There's four more days of fun and meet and greet.  Today's itinerary is fully loaded; starts off with the reunion festival in Cullen park.  Live performances by Prince "Afolabi “Oba Ara nla”, Afrique Dance Troupe  Rhythms Productions, Mateo Vic, Adewale Mr Biggs & his fuji Laredo, The Harmony maker, Temi Oshomoji, FaRaw, Flame, 2jay, PSmooth, Tmoney & Many more."

July 3, 2013

Nigerian Reunion 2013

I'm honored to be part of this year's Nigerian Reunion taking place July 3rd-7th 2013 in Houston, Texas.

Each year, this event attracts Nigerians from all over the American continent and abroad.  On this occasion, you'd probably run into folks from London, Dubai, Australia.  Nigerians who can afford the trip will make it all the way here to attend this event.  The NRC organization have been working together to unite Nigerians all over the globe, with the goal of enlightenment and strengthening of the Nigeria and it's Diaspora.  Although this is a Nigerian cultural event, everyone is welcome.

June 25, 2012

The (DRUM)circle

This past Sunday I went back to Meridian Hill Park to observe a long standing community tradition - the Drum Circle. I was quite intrigued when I was there the first time. Having parents of African decent and after living in Nigeria for many years, I'm quite familiar with Nigerian culture. Nigeria has about 250 ethnic groups and about 510 different languages (about 3 major languages with multiple dialects that filter through the regions). I speak Ibo, my parents are from the South, and I can tell you that certain Ibo dialects are hard to understand let alone speak. With the variety in languages, you also have different cultural groups. Each group adopts a different type of dance. Ultimate show in true cultural form are the many festivals when all these groups come together in a parade, usually quite elaborate. Notable holidays are Nigerian Independence day and the Calabar carnival. During these events there are colorful displays of tradition, culture and dance.

March 28, 2012

New York, L.A, London, Paris, Milan and now...Lagos?


That's right!  The trailblazers in the motherland, Nigeria in particular, are making strides to put themselves on the map.  This might be a third-world country, but it's hard to know that when great, talented and ever so creative individuals are breaking the mold.
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