President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with ace photographer, media entrepreneur and author, Sunmi Smart-Cole, who will be celebrating his 75th birthday on Sunday.
The president’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
Buhari, in the statement, commended the versatile and multi-talented artiste for the beauty, glamour and depth he brought into the chronicling of Nigerian history through hard work and perseverance, starting out early as a photo-journalist.
According to the president, Smart-Cole’s place in Nigeria’s history is assured as early in his career“ he was a story teller but later as he progressed he became part of the story with his signature creative and innovative style.”
“ Looking into his background as a barber, jazz drummer, environmentalist and a multiple award winning photographer, Smart-Cole succeeded in almost all his endeavours because of his passion, integrity and commitment to making life better for others through his art,’’ he said.
The president urged younger photographers and mentees to also emulate Smart-Cole’s life style of magnanimity and contentment in addition to learning his art.
As one of the pacesetters of professional photography in the country, the president prayed that God would grant the media entrepreneur “ longer life, good health and more inspiration to serve his country.’’