Last week, in our previous article titled Why did I become a Photographer, we discussed how lack of passion and creativity by some Nigerian photographers are part of the challenges affecting the development of photography in Nigeria. Today’s article, however, is being motivated by some of the response we got from our readers after digesting the content of our previous article. We got numerous questions which includes: What is the future prospect of photography in Nigeria? Therefore, our focus today will be giving a credible and honest response to this question. Also, we will like to make other clarifications on our stand as regards photography profession and business at large.
It will be preposterous to say that photography has not achieved some grounds and remarkable height in Nigeria. By this, we mean that over the years, the profession has indeed become significant. This is evident in the works and notable success of some top Nigerian photographers- Kelechi Amadi Obi, TY Bello etc. just to mention a few. Nigerian photographers are indeed making statements with their images. This has however attracted lots of attention from fellow Nigerians and even the world at large. Gone are those days when people(Nigerians) were not willing to pay huge some of money for photographers to cover their events. In fact, the quality of the pictures taken in an event sometimes suggests the quality of the event itself. What all these suggest is that there is indeed a future and a bright one for photography in Nigeria.
In years to come, photography will no longer be looked down upon and photographers treated with ignominy. Nigerians will respect the decisions of many individuals to become professional and competent photographers. The world will embrace our works and continue to appreciate the uniqueness of what they represent. We see a future where images taken by Nigerian photographers are placed side by side with images taken by westerners. As stated earlier, more people in the world will have their attention focused on our arts (images) and will stop at nothing to procure them. Truth be told, this is happening already and is evident in the recent success of Nigerian photographers in diaspora.
The world as it is known has become a global community and change as we know is the only inevitable thing in life. So, Nigerian photographers should get ready and be part of this change because the future has already begun. Failure is no longer an option and inexperience will not be taken as an excuse. Let us continue to be more diligent in our work as the world is waiting to be convince that photography as a profession and not just a mere hobby-in Nigeria, is here to stay. So, photographers should keep taking amazing images and use the powerful medium known as the internet to push for the accomplishment of this dream.
In sum, this piece is a beckon call to all photographers in Nigeria to become aware that they all are charged with the responsibility of taken Nigerian photography to this desired height. It is high time we distinguished our works from unprofessionals, who have forcefully taken the title photographers but whose works don’t suggest this name. Nevertheless, let us also be on the look out to render necessary assistance to our fellow colleagues and with this, it’s a wrap.