The infamous Nokia ring tone sounded in my purse. “Mum” flashed on the caller ID.
“Hello, Titilayo, where are you? There is someone at the house who I want you to meet.”
My host mom knows me well and wouldn’t go out of her way to introduce me to just anyone. I knew this mystery person must be interesting. Nawow–I was correct.
I walked into my parlor to find a young man, maybe in his late 20’s–there’s no telling with a Nigerian man–sitting at the table looking suave in a trendy newsboy cap and button down shirt. I sat down next to him and extended my hand, “Hi, I’m Titilayo.” He chuckled in disbelief the way most people do when they meet me for the first time and hear my name is Titilayo. “I’m Andrew,” he said.
Andrew (I found out later, it’s Andrew Esiebo) is an emerging photographer/film maker and overall multimedia enthusiast based in Nigeria. His work takes him all over the world–South Africa, Italy. France, Brazil– to name a few countries, but he has a base in Lagos and Ibadan. He is from the Urhobo tribe of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and speaks mad Pidgin. He takes stunning pictures and you will be doing yourselves a favor by spending some time on his site: http://www.lightstalkers.org/andrew-. Click on any of the galleries, particularly Travel Nigeria. In my opinion, (and I happen to be the daughter of a professional photographer myself) Andrew has exquisite perspective and a real desire to tell stories through photos. He covered the World Cup in South Africa. Governments in Nigeria commission him for all sorts of things and he is currently elbows deep in different film projects. He is focusing mostly on video now, sporadically incorporating stills for emphasis. His photos are just stunning.
I think the world will be seeing more and more beautiful things from Andrew Esiebo very soon.