How I Got Started

by | September 23, 2020

September 25, 2020 4:00 pm

Register Below

Hey Creatives, 

This Friday, we’ll be hosting the 5th edition of our ‘How I got started’ series with amazingly talented photographers; Yagazie Emezi and Ngadi Smart. Our co-hosts will be sharing their creative journeys, major milestones, their pain points and opportunities. 

The Event

The purpose of the event is to inspire and empower African startups in the creative industry with insights into the process of exceptional brand owners in starting up and running successful brands. 

Meet the Co-Hosts


Ngadi Smart is a Sierra Leonean photographer based in London, who focuses on documenting cultures, subcultures and intimacy. Her work looks at how people self-identify and choose to present themselves in front of the lens. Recently, she has been interested in documenting Black sensuality and culture from an African point of view. She aims to show as many representations of African people, and what it means to be African as she can. Her work has been published on CNN, I.D Mag, British Journal of Photography, Atmos Magazine, and Design Indaba.


Yagazie Emezi is a Nigerian artist and self-taught photojournalist focused on stories surrounding African women and their health, sexuality, education and human rights. Having worked extensively across Africa, Yagazie also covers stories on identity and culture, social justice, climate change and migration. 

She began her journey in 2015 and has since worked with Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Inc. Magazine, TIME, The Guardian, Washington Post, National Geographic, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Weather Channel, New York Times Magazine and several not-for-profit organizations. 

Yagazie is a recipient of the 2018 inaugural Creative Bursary Award from Getty Images. A participant for the 2018 New York Portfolio Review, she has also been featured by British Journal of Photography, Huffington Post, i-D, Nieman Reports, Paper Magazine, Vogue, CNN and The Washington Post. In November of 2018, she received a grant from the U.S Consulate General in Lagos for her photo-series addressing the reality of sexual violence against women and the vulnerable young in Nigeria. In 2019, she became the first black African woman to photograph for National Geographic Magazine and is a National Geographic Explorer Grantee. Yagazie was among the 2019 inaugural artists selected for Kehinde Wiley’s art residency at Black Rock, Senegal and is a  2019 nominee to the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is a contributor to Everyday Africa and a member of its advisory board.

Who is this event for?
If you are interested in photography, visual storytelling, photojournalism, photo documentary, artistic portraits or looking to translate your unique perspective into creative visual expression; mark your calendar!

What to Expect
Gist and ideas that can transform your brand and improve how you use visuals to tell stories that matter to you.

Platform: INSTAGRAM LIVE – @assemblyofficial

Date: Friday 25th September, 2020

Time: 4pm WAT | 3pm GMT | 5pm CAT 




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