Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated ace photographer, media
entrepreneur and author, Sunmi Smart-Cole, as he turns 75 on September
Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media ad
Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, commended the versatile and multi-talented
artiste for the beauty, glamour and depth he brought to the
chronicling of Nigerian history through hard work and perseverance,
starting out early as a phot0-journalist.
The statement reads: “As one of the pacesetters of professional
photography in the country, the president believes Smart-Cole’s place
in Nigeria’s history is assured as early in his career he was a story
teller but later as he progressed he became part of the story with his
signature creative and innovative style.
“Looking into his background as a barber, jazz drummer,
environmentalist and a multiple award winning photographer, Buhari
affirms that Smart-Cole succeeded in almost all his endeavors because
of his passion, integrity and commitment to making life better for
others through his art.
“Apart from learning his art, the president urges younger
photographers and mentees to also emulate his life style of
magnanimity and contentment.”