Deji Elumoye in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated renowned photographer Mr. Sunmi Smart-Cole on his 80th birthday yesterday.
The president, in a statement released by his media adviser, Femi Adesina, praised the veteran photojournalist and talented jazz musician for capturing history in frames for around half a century.
The President rejoiced with family, friends and professional colleagues at Smart-Cole, whose fingers and lenses document and project many turning points in Nigerian and world history, highlighted in his gallery which tells the story of presidents and citizens, of palaces, streets and markets, nature and technology, famous and anonymous.
President Buhari noted the legendary photographer’s ability to adapt to the dynamic world of photography for many years to come, largely thanks to new technologies, and to guide many people to see their craft at once as an art and a business.
The president asserted that the multi-award winning photographer deserves recognition and elevation, given his track record of promoting music in the country, with the first jazz festival in Nigeria in 1964, establishing the first ever fair of elite hairstyle, working as the first photo editor of The Guardian newspaper. in 1983, publishing his photographic experiences and organizing more than 30 exhibitions on five continents.
President Buhari rejoiced with Smart-Cole as he turned his eighties, praying that Almighty God would grant him longer life, good health and reward his sacrifices for the country.