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President Buhari Official Photographer Listed Among “100 Most Influential People In Nigeria Politics”

President Muhammadu Buhari’s official Photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo has been named among “The 100 Most Influential People In Nigeria Politics” by YNaija.

In what seemed to an unusual inclusion to the list, Omoboriowo, who merely capture the activities of the president through the lens of his camera, made the list amongst the likes of Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Aisha Buhari, and other big names in the Nigeria politics.

Omoboriowo studied pure and applied chemistry from the University of Lagos. He grew up in Mushin area of Lagos State.

This is what the editor of YNaija’s ‘The 100 Most Influential Men In Nigeria Politics’ has to say about the Photographer.

It has not been easy knowing the mind of the 76-year old, ex-military dictator, now reformed-democrat Nigerians voted in 2015 as president. Press-shy or press-loathing, Buhari prefers that his thoughts be perceived in released statements than from engagement with his constituents. But thanks to Bayo Omoboriowo, the presidential photographer, Nigerians are able to form mental maps of Buhari’s thought process.

Pictures evoke emotion and the gifted Omoboriowo has a specific task: getting people to see Buhari, the human. In the fast-paced world of Aso Rock politics, Omoboriowo’s refined serendipity has provided portraits from curious angles and in enigmatic moods that gets one to admit to the challenging nature of the top job. Through the infamous 104 days of Buhari’s 2017 leave, it fell to the 32-year old from Ekiti state to provide regular evidence of life. Skeptics scanned every image for signs of digitally affixed body parts. Posture analysis was more than just a pastime. Unlike the last episode of indefinite absence involving a Nigerian president, Omoboriowo’s shots provided relevant material to debaters for and against motions to declare Buhari incapacitated.

Beyond covering his principal muse, Omoboriowo has been a national correspondent helping Nigerians assess power play in Abuja.  Among his best works are shots revealing subtle details from Federal Executive Council sessions such as a feisty face-off featuring chief of staff Abba Kyari, National Security Adviser Babagan Monguno and Head of Service of the Federation Winifred Oyo-Ita. These figures appear in bits in news but Omoboriowo reminds us of their omnipresence in our daily reality as Nigerians. And it would seem, judging by the portrayal of state house visits, that whoever meets the President leaves full of laughter regardless of the prevailing political affiliation.

With a second term secured following a season in which campaign crowd photo comparisons took a life of its own like never before, Omoboriowo – a University of Lagos graduate of pure and applied chemistry – will remain an important source for evaluating chemistry between Buhari and members of his circle.

Bayo Omoboriowo is no doubted one of the young persons on the list. In reaction to this recognition, the Documentary photographer created a thread of reaction on his twitter handle.

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Joshua Oyenigbehin is an introvert who is passionate about Storytelling, writing, and teaching. He sees his imagination as an unsearchable world, more magical than a fairyland. He has written a novel and working on another

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