I watched Fisayo click away on his camera between flashes of light. It was at an event about promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).
I checked some boxes after our interaction. He is industrious, a supporter of social good and very efficient. Call me a stalker of amazing young people and you won't be far from the truth.
Olufisayo Giwa popularly known as African Jaguar and Shot On Target is currently an elite footballer at The Future Academy in Lagos and also a photographer. He is the Creative Director and creative mind behind Shot On Target Pictures. He practically takes shots on the field and off the field as a photographer.
He identifies as an ardent lover of God with a knack for providing solutions and creating a support system towards developing our country, Nigeria.
"As a kid, one of my favourite toys was a round plastic ball, I grew up having passion for football,.I played it everywhere and was nicknamed after football legend 'Jay-Jay Okocha' for my skills. I chose football because it's my passion and it gives me Joy,' he lets me into his world amidst smiles.
"Photography is another passion that enables my love for creativity, storytelling, documentation of events and the opportunity to express myself. So, it's no surprise that I took to it like a fish would to water," he continues.
His biggest motivation lies in God and his mother.
"God is priority towards achieving success. I am from a polygamous family, regardless of the troubles that come with it, my mother gave everything to nurture, protect and provide me quality education despite the challenges faced," he revealed.
Owing to the quest of young people wanting to make it big and quick.
He says "It's important that we as young people work hard, be disciplined, focused, practice every now and then. In order to develop, pick a mentor who is doing what you like to do and learn from them. I will advise anyone to put God first according to Matthew 6:33 'seek ye first the kingdom of God and it's righteousness and every other thing will be added unto you".
He is quite knowledgeable about the fact that success does not come easy.
"The road is never smooth, there would be times you just want to quit, you just have to take a pause, assess your progress, tell yourself the truth and go hard again, because you can only win if you don't give up."
Fisayo is one young man that loves to be candid. Running a photography business and playing professional football requires time due to long hours of practice.
"My biggest challenges are poor economic conditions that have greatly affected my business in times past, the sudden increase of exchange rates, poor time management Most clients don't keep to contracted time for events, I think its a general thing in Nigeria, it affects productivity and also disrupts planned schedules. Lack of adequate power supply which causes delay in post-production of digital images is a big one too"
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