Nigerians Asked To Be Simple By Amuka
Mr Sam Amuka, publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, made the call in Lagos, weekend, at the 70th birthday celebration of musician, photojournalist, author and barber, Mr Sunmi Smart-Cole.
The event attended by who is who in the society also saw the public presentation of his book, entitled Sunmi’s Lens — A medium Between Man and Nature and a photography exhibition of his works spanning 36 years, at Harbour Point, Lagos.
Speaking in his capacity as chairman of the occasion, Amuka lamented that in pursuit of material things, Nigerians had lost many things that are essential to good life.
Amuka said: “In the pursuit of material things, we have lost so much which is very essential to us. As a nation or country, we need to look back and speak to ourselves and ask ourselves the question: the way the country is going, are we better or happier with it? The answer is no.”
He counselled Nigerians to pay attention to pictures and art works which, according to him, make for a happier nation.
Describing the celebrant as a man who lived a very fulfilled life, he said he was successful in everything he did, and expressed his joy for the involvement of FirstBank Nigeria Plc in promoting his great artistic accomplishments.
Amb. Emeka Anyaoku in his comment, described the celebrant as a versatile individual, noting that by virtue of what he has done in many fields, he is qualified to be called a man of all seasons. He thanked him for the great works he has done, especially the historic pictures he captured with his lens, adding that he is truly a man who belongs to all social status of the society.
Yemi Ogunbiyi of Tanus Communications also described Smart-Cole as “a special breed that you don’t see often.” Recounting his days with Smart-Cole at Lagos Life, he recalled some of the spectacular jobs he did that nearly put them in trouble but was later resolved.
In his contribution, Oge Odueda of FirstBank, sponsors of the event, said the bank was very happy to partner with the brand, Sunmi Smart-Cole, because both of them are in the business of promoting culture.
He said: “We are glad about the partnership because it is a partnership that is going to grow. The bank has a very robust policy of promoting the art especially theatre arts and photography and in future the public will see more of FirstBank as they continue to sponsor anything that will promote our cultural heritage.”
The event was attended by many dignitaries, among them Gen. Ebitu Ukiwe, Akintola Williams, Paschal Dozie, Prof. David Araden, Prof. Yusuf Grillo, Mr Tunji Braithwait, Chief Philip Asiodu, Gen. Moaji Johnson, Oge Odueda, Odein Ajumogobia, Sarah Sosan, Abike Dabire-Erewa, Sammy Olagbanju.
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