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Need to Excel Pushes Me On – Asma’u



Asma’u Mamman Zubairu is the last child of a family of six. She was born 20 years ago in Maiduguri, Borno State. The young Asma’u had both her nursery and primary school education at the Namu Model Schools, Maiduguri, Borno State after which she proceeded to Namu Model Secondary School for her junior and senior secondary school education. She later gained admission into the Department of Medical Radiography, University of Maiduguri where she is currently a final year student. Asma’u is a photographer.



My name is Asma’u Mamman Zubairu. I am the last child of a family of six and I am 20 years old. I was born and brought up in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. I had both my nursery and primary school education at the Namu Model Schools, Maiduguri, Borno State. After that I proceeded to Namu Model Secondary School for my junior and senior secondary education. At the completion, I gained admission into the Department of Medical Radiography, University of Maiduguri where I am currently a final year student.


Honestly, it all started as a joke. I never took photography serious in the beginning. Like I said it started like a joke for me. I always admired holding a camera and taking great photos but it never occurred to me that it would soon be my second profession.

One day, my sisters and I were reviewing the photographs of the session I had with one of them and they were all shouting praises and calling on me to start photography. I didn’t take them so seriously then. But after a few thoughts and support from other members of the family I decided to do it. Thus, I started.

The first few shoots I took were challenging because I wasn’t so confident and felt it wasn’t a lady thing. But Alhamdulillah, I’m happy with the decision I made to venture into photography and I pray it brings blessings upon me and my family.


Most of the time, I get inspired by the power and the desire to do something different and unique; the desire to excel in what I’ve put my mind to do. It is the thought of this that keeps me moving.


So far, it has been fair. However, it comes with its own challenges though just a bit. Since I started photography, I’ve never had any in-between shoots clashing with my lectures or any of my school activities because of the nature of my photography genre I guess.


Sad but I can’t think of any right now. I am counting on the future though.


At this stage of my career it’s difficult for me to pick just one person as a mentor. Every photographer I meet is a mentor to me because I believe there’s a lot to learn from each and every one.


I am still exploring different skills and methods, so I’m yet to figure that out.


The most memorable moment I have had so far in photography was the photo exhibition organised by the North-East Regional Initiative in collaboration with the photo community.


Basically, I like hanging out with friends. I also love travelling.


So far, I have none; no regrets at all.


Through hard work, dedication and will power, my dream is to be recognised as one of the best female photographers in Nigeria and the world at large.


Most of my memorable childhood memories were those of my nursery and early primary school days. Then, I was fond of visiting my grandmother and I won’t miss that for anything in the world. Whenever my mom planned on visiting, I would rather skip school to travel with her. This affected my performance a bit in school but I just loved the road trips.


My advice is that the youth should chase their dreams and they should be encouraged to do the things they love. They should believe in themselves and be sure to do the things that make them happy. If you are a youth, learn to believe in yourself and be sure to do the things that make you happy.

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