Perhaps, exceptional is the best word to describe Kolapo Samuel Orowole, a dynamic young man making great strides in the Nigerian music and arts industry, all within a relatively short time.
Currently, serving his fatherland as a Naval personnel based in Lagos, Nigeria, he has put smiles on the faces of art lovers through his music and beautiful shots of street photography that is “wowing” many. In the eyes of Lagosians, the streets of Lagos have never been more beautifully captured than what he has done through the lens of his camera.
To further show his versatility in the different arts genres, Kola has just released a new gospel Afro beats single PRAY. Pray is his 8th official release and the 5th release of the year 2017. The song (which you can listen to on Continental Radio Station) is attracting positive reviews already nationwide and even beyond.
Really, he is exceptional. Kola is not just about music and photography. He is also a selfless humanitarian whose passion for the less privileged is one of the reasons he continues to accolades and has been trending on Nigeria’s social media space.
How did we know this? Ask Emmanuel Oyediran; a beggar and sick patient, who was saved by Kola from a mob that accused him of being a Ritualist. Since Kola posted Emmanuel’s story on his Facebook page, he and other well meaning Nigerians have taken over the rehabilitation of Emmanuel through a gofundme account.
In this interview with CRS’s Josh Moses, Kola takes us on a journey into the world of street photography. He wonders why his photography is getting more attention than his music.
Please tell us about Kola
Kola: My name is Orowale Samuel Kolapo, I hail from Okeigbo, Ondo State in Nigeria.
I am 25 years old, a Naval Personnel, music Artiste and also a photographer. I fit into all my talents as I multi-task, if I am not in the studio doing music, I am on the streets shooting photos and I also perform my military duties very well…
JM:How and when did you find yourself doing photography, and it appears you favour it above your other talents.
Kola: My kind of photography is mainly the streets, capturing the expressions on people’s faces on a daily on the streets.
I want to create this awareness for street photos, your photos must not be in a box or studio all of the time, your natural environment should be explored too. I started professionally in April this year and I don’t favor photography above my music, I am surprised it is getting more attention than I expected.
Street photography is popular already, even events photographers peep into the streets once in a while. But I just want to be the best at it.
JM: What are the challenges of street photography?
Kola: The challenges I face as a street photographer is still on the street when you try to take a picture of a stranger, Nigerians are paranoid and angry. It takes a lot of guts to shoot on the streets.
The process for me is not that long for personal Street shots, sometimes I take my time and sometimes it takes me just 5mins to upload my newly taken Street photo.
And trying to buy a new camera is also a big challenge, those stuffs are expensive..
Reactions to your work
Kola: My shots gets good reactions, I show Nigeria in a way people don’t expect, all they’ve been seeing is the slums. We have beautiful places too, and they appreciate my photos. Nigerian landscapes are amazing, sometimes they look like New York because they actually look like new York. You should come to the island…
JM: What are your sources of inspirations
Kola: Nobody inspired me at first, I picked interest myself, but reading Thomas Leuthard’s e-book about photography gave me enough inspiration that I needed.
I look up to guys like Neec, Victor Adewale, Toluade and Co.
MY BEST THREE SHOTS.
This is one hard thing to choose.
1. The Obalende photo.
2. The canoes at Mobolaji bank, Anthony way.
3. Sunset at sea.
The Continental Radio Station (CRS) is an online radio station run by African media savvies targeting the African and world audience.