Olamide Falobi is an aspiring young photographer who wants to use her passion to impact her world. She is also a 100-level student of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. In this interview with Hamton Media, she reveals her journey into the world of photography, how she believes entrepreneurship is a key to end unemployment in Nigeria and where she sees herself in the nearest future.
What’s behind the personality Lade Falobi?
Olamide Falobi is just a girl trying to make an impact on the world.
I attended Ifako International Nursery and Primary School. I skipped Primary 5/6 and went to J.S.S1. I attended Home Science Association Secondary School and graduated in 2015. I’m currently studying Communication and Language Arts at the University of Ibadan. My dad died when I was 6 and after his death, I, along with my siblings were placed on a scholarship by BlackAIDS institute. So, it’s just me, my mum and my two sibling.
You are into photography, how did you discover it?
Okay. I stayed at home for a year before getting into school. During that time, I decided to take a course. I’m too restless for sewing or hairdressing and the like. So, I went with photography and I fell in love with it
What made you fall in love with photography?
I fell in love with photography after watching some YouTube videos that changed my perspective on it. Those videos showed me new techniques and photography hacks.
What kind of photography do you based on?
How long have you been into the field?
A year this month
As a student, how do you balance your photography with educational career?
Hmmm! It’s not so easy, especially when you have photoshoots and classes back to back. But the key is to know and manage your priorities. I also try to give myself time to rest. I sometimes have turn down photoshoots when I realize it clashes with classes.
How does it feel to turn down shoots?
To be honest, most times it feels like I’m missing out on opportunities when I turn down shoots. But school is the priority at the moment so I just shake it off.
Talking about photography as a whole, who is your role model and why?
Adrian McDonald. His works are basically what I aspire for my works to be. He tells visual stories through his pictures.
Who would you like to work with in the nearest future?
As a conceptual photographer, what makes you unique among all?
Well, conceptual photography is not so common. But I think what makes me unique are my photo drama.
So, who is your source of inspiration?
My source of inspiration is God.
Who are those you can attribute your success to so far in life?
First would be my mum. She is the one who pushed me to take the course in the first place and she supports me and wears my badge to the office. Then, there would be Anu. He is awesome really. He is the number1 fan and supporter of ‘Lade Falobi. He’s also my model. Basically, my family and friend.
So far, how can you describe your challenges?
So far, the most challenging thing is balancing school and photography. Sometimes, I get called for jobs in Lagos and environs but I can’t go because of classes.
If not photography what would it be?
Writing(though I still do that) and poetry.
As a writer, how do you combine the writing, academics and photography and doesn’t affect one?
Well, my writing isn’t so serious. I only write about issues that affect me. Like I said before, knowing my priorities is what helps me.
What is that thing can make you stop photography?
Hmm, I have actually thought of that before and I think blindness is the only thing that can make me quit photography.
Looking at the future, where would you like to be in the next 5 years as a conceptual photographer?
Conceptual photographers mainly work in advertising. So, in the next 5 years, I hope to have done work for at least two major companies or worked on a project with a major advertising firm.
What can you say about clients when dealing with them?
The best I can say is that patience is needed. A client once kept me waiting for 2 hours after telling me she was already at the venue.
What’s your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is Abula(Amala and Ewedu with gbegiri), especially when taken with ogunfe shaki.
I’m a simple person so I like jeans and a shirt(I like big tops). I also like simple gowns.
What about your status?
I am Single
What kind of guy would you like to hook up with?
Most important thing would be for him to be Godly and supportive of my ideologies.
As a young girl, what can you say about girls that says “if you don’t have money, I cant agree for you”?
I don’t believe in poverty being a virtue. However, I believe women should have their own money and not expect men to provide their every need. What is my business if my guy is rich? I’ll use the one I have to support him till he gets rich. SIMPLE. You should be supportive of your partner I think. So, if you’re dating a guy with vision but no money, there’s nothing wrong with you using your own money to support his vision till he gets rich.
Entrepreneurship, what can you say about it and how pivotal it is in Nigeria?
Sometimes, I hear friends talk about how they still have to hustle to find a job after school and I realize I don’t NEED to find a job – I already have a job. With the issue of unemployment becoming worse in Nigeria, there is a need for youths to stop relying on the government for job creation and create their own jobs. Entrepreneurship basically solves(or at least reduces) the problem of unemployment.
In a simple way, what’s your advise for young talents like you especially females?
My advice would be not to give up on your passion and try to learn new techniques in your field. Don’t limit yourself. (Perseverance)