25th September, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent warm greetings to professional photographer, Sunmi Smart-Cole, who joins the octogenarian club today.
He lauded the veteran photo-journalist and talented jazz music instrumentalist for capturing history in frames for about half a century.
The President rejoiced with family, friends and professional colleagues of Smart-Cole, whose fingers and lenses document and project many turning points in the history of Nigeria and the world.
These, he said, are evinced in his gallery which tells the story of presidents and citizens, palaces, streets and markets, nature and technology, famous and anonymous.
President Buhari lauded the legendary photographer’s ability of adapting to the dynamic world of photography over many years, largely driven by new technology, and mentoring many to see their craft as both an art and business.
The President said that the multiple awards winning photographer deserves recognitions and elevations, judging by his string of firsts.
Sunmi Smart Cole masterminded the first jazz festival in Nigeria in 1964.
He also started the first elite barber’s shop in Lagos.
He was the first photo editor of the Guardian newspaper in 1983 and published his photo experiences.
He had also organized over 30 exhibitions in five continents.
President Buhari congratulated Smart-Cole as he turns an octogenarian, praying that the almighty God will grant him longer life, good health and reward his sacrifices for the country.