The Governor of Ekiti State, South West Nigeria, Dr, Kayode Fayemi has described photography as noble profession that enriches the process historical documentation and celebrates human memory.
Governor Fayemi made the assertion while speaking at the maiden edition of â€˜Ekiti Photo Dayâ€™ organized by the Nigeria Professional Photographers and Videographers Association (NPPVA), Ekiti State Chapter on September 23, 2020, at Little by Little Plaza Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti.
The Governor who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Mobilization, Prince Tunji Ogunlola said the importance of photography in any society cannot be over-emphasized. He congratulated members of NPPVA on the occasion of Ekiti Photo Day and commended them for picking a day to celebrate one of the oldest professions in the world.
According to him, â€œPhotography is an essential part of our efforts at archiving history and capturing significant personal moments for future references and commemoration. Our memorial events would be bland and ineffectual without iconic photographs that help tell our stories, and beyond its social functions, its educational values are evident in the fact that it has become part of the curriculum of higher institutions of learning and most books are incomplete without photographic illustrations. I therefore commend the initiative of â€˜Ekiti Photo Dayâ€™ and I urge you not to relent in your advocacy drive to make the society appreciate the values of photography.â€
He further urged them to use their creativity as professionals to project the beauty of Ekiti State and promote government projects and programmes, assuring that his administration would continue to create enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
Earlier in his address, the governor of NPPVA in Ekiti State, Mr. Alex Osasuyi thanked the state government for the letter of recognition recently given to the association and promised that they will continue to support the current administration in order to move the state forward. He also drew the attention of government to some of their needs which included a bus to facilitate their activities and palliatives to members to cushion the adverse effects of Covid-19 on their business.
The National President of NPPVA, Chief Adegoke Ajayi in his speech recalled how Governor Fayemi honoured him with a State Merit Award in 2012, as an indication that Dr. Fayemi recognized the importance of photographers in the society. He commended the governor for prompt payment of workersâ€™ salaries saying it has boosted the patronage of photography in the State.
In his paper titled â€˜Repositioning Photography and Videography in Governance and Developmentâ€™ the guest lecturer, Mr. Femi Adagunodo who is also a Special Assistant to Governor Fayemi on Photography, said that photography is an integral part of human activity recognized as a sub-sector of the creative industries and protected by intellectual property laws. The importance of photography, according to him, is further underscored by the observance of a Word Photography Day annually on August 19. He said Governor Fayemi attaches high premium to its development, reflecting in his appointment of 3 Special Assistants on Photography. He remarked that a world without photography and videography would be socially boring and educationally deficient due to a quantum loss of historic memories.
Mr. Adagunodo charged members of NPPVA to play critical roles in the monitoring and evaluation processes of governance by documenting government projects in their localities in photographic contexts.
The Association presented the governor with a roll-up banner of his picture in recognition of his visionary leadership in the State, and also presented photo frames to the Chief of Staff, Hon. Biodun Omoleye and the SSA on Mobilization, Prince Tunji Ogunlola
Top government functionaries, entertainment celebrities and captains of the business community were present at the event.