Meet Anuoluwapo Adedeji one of the wonders of Lagos

30 May 2021

Hi Folks,

Lagos is the city of wonders and there couldn’t have been a better time to meet one of the beautiful characters that makes Lagos so.

Anuoluwapo Adedeji

Our meeting was at the LCCI building for Ify Onuegbule birthday bash and book launch.

Among the press crew was the little girl of about 6, she had a camera slung around her neck, hands akimbo, like one posing for a shoot.

Suddenly she pulled the camera to her face like an officer in combat. I waited and observed for a while and decided to chat her up.

I asked for her manager, giving her that sense of recognition and she signaled Lekan Adedeji, her dad over.

I asked him a few questions and she resumed shooting.

Anuoluwapo captured me while we chatted

Her adventure started at barely 2 months old during a tour to Badagry, she visited The Badagry Slave Route, Trade Point, and The Baracoon Barracks and then joined a boat to Point of No Return.

Anuoluwapo’s earlier days with the camera

She was taken on a trek by her mum through the route, from the water side to the pillar that signifies the departure route of slaves from Nigeria.

Her attempt at snapping with her father’s camera at age 3 led her father to give her all the support.

Anu’s trajectory has seen her join the Beach Samaritans, a social body that engages in the cleaning of Public beaches, as the Youngest Volunteer/ambassador till 2018.

Anu was featured on Saturday Independent Newspaper on the story of World Photography Day 2018 at the age of 4.

She participated in the 2019 edition of irep as a photographer and beach Samaritan as a photographer.

On the 17th April, 2019 Anu held her first solo exhibition to celebrate her 5th year birthday.

She was featured in Guardian Newspaper’s Kidprenuer series on 4th August, 2019.

Anu was the youngest tourist and photographer to have hiked Ado Awaye, one of the two hanging lakes in the world.

She had photo exhibitions to promote tourism during the Lagos book and art festival ( Labaf 2019) at freedom park and was featured in the Vanguard Newspaper for tourism promotion.

She had an online photo exhibition on Covid19 tagged “Precaution on social media” in 2020 to create safety awareness for people.

She was among the 100 selected photographers that documented the #endsars protest in 2020.

She was the Nigeria representative featured by Unicef for her youtube series Learn with me in 2020, she was also the youngest enterpreneur mentioned during the 2021 International Womens day.

Anuoluwapo snapping the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi

Only 7 years old, Anuoluwapo has so many credits under her belt that I can’t mention them all.

She comes across with all the innocence of a child but loaded with so much positivity.

Anuoluwapo with Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka

If you happen to be in Lagos sometime and want to experience Anuoluwapo real time, contact her via her Instagram account here @anufotogirl.

 

Have any young talent you’d like Letter from Lagos to feature, feel free to shoot me a mail at [email protected]

Remember to make someone smile today with your acts of kindness.

Yours,

Ilupeju B