June 7, 2018

GTBank engages female youths in photography workshop

GTBank engages female youths in photography workshop

* A group photograph of participants

By Chris Onuoha

Not fewer than 25 youths were engaged in a week- long photography workshop organised by the Corporate Affairs Department of GTBank Plc held at the YouREAD Center Yaba, Lagos with theme: The Days of Dorcas.

* A group photograph of participants

Just last Saturday at the center in Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos, the participants comprising only female youths, had a ball celebrating what they termed the finest moment of their time usage in the creative space as the event came to a close with a ceremony.

Days of Dorcas photography workshop is an all-female affair outing hinged on empowering the youths to utilise their talents and harness opportunities in the society. With seasoned photographers as workshop facilitators that included Benedicte Kurzen, TY Bello, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Jumoke Sanwo and Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko, the participants had a great experience learning documentary photo shooting and other things about professional photography as a business. They were put through theory and practical classes while at the end of the workshop, two outstanding participants were selected as winner and runner-up. Grace Ekpu emerged as winner and Favour Ogundimu as first runner-up.

Speaking with the Head, Communications and External Affairs, GT Bank Plc, Oyinade Adegbite, she stated: “The Days of Dorcas photography workshop is just providing a platform for young people, female folks precisely, for a start, to empower them, encourage their creative space and it is just finding that connection for the young photographers in the country to leverage on.

“We had about 213 applications for the workshop. The judges (facilitators) shortlisted 25 of them that were found suitably qualified for it. They had a six-day intensive workshop that included theoretical and practical classes and at the end of the day, we selected two winners. Beyond the winning, the people who participated have something to show for the intensive coaching they went through. It is about finding a connection that will really help them progress their career.

“The two winners will have a 12 months internship programme with the facilitators. During the period, they will have full access to the facilitators and the bank as well. The bank will put in more training and things that will help boost their career and exposure. With this initiative, the idea is to let them stand on their own as professionals if they are willing to and let’s see more in the creative space pertaining to   photography.

“The essence of this is one of our Corporate Social Responsibilities, CSR, to communicate the vision of the bank which is partnership with people in the creative space,” Adegbite said.

It was an all-important outing for Grace Ekpu, the winner. “I was excited about the outcome of the workshop,” she said.

Other participants equally showed enthusiasm having participated in the workshop. Some are already contemplating on picking full-time photography as a career.