#TGIF: Meet Rotimi Okungbaye, your Nigerian Tech meet-up Photographer

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Recently, the tech scene in Nigeria has been going off with Meet-ups (especially in Lagos) and recognitions home and abroad. On the 15th of May, Developer and Speaker, Wes Bos asked:

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Coincidentally, this came in at a time when the First Laravel Meet-up in Nigeria got recognition from the Global Laravel community, a story about the meet-up was featured in Laravel News.

Overview of the First Laravel Meetup shot by Rotimi Okungbaye

As shown above, pictures are needed to preserve memories and tell stories. But who takes these interesting photographs? A photographer (Sigh, we have finally gotten to the essence of this piece). Several photographers work behind the scenes to document events. Today, I will be shining my torch on a photographer-cum-tech evangelist, Rotimi Okungbaye. Blending his dexterity in the use of a camera, his evolving interest in tech (SW development, to be precise) and growing media personality (photographer of one of the viral Twitter NG memes), it is a no-brainer that he got hired as a Media Intern for a high-profile startup involved in evangelising software development, Andela.

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Let’s Meet Rotimi Okungbaye

Rotimi Okungbaye is a Biochemistry graduate of Covenant University, Nigeria, who took interest in photography while looking for a job pre-NYSC. And since then, he hasn’t stopped disturbing my timeline with viral memes and hype about events (for which he tweets a Google Drive link to the pictures he took at the event). His hashtag, #rotimishotit contains some interesting piece of work, you might want to check it out.

Interestingly, rather than just making money from hustling, he got hired by Andela as a Media Intern (another opportunity to do what he does best, HYPE and take good pictures). Also, he is the SF Ali, (the guy who broke Medium by recommending large volumes of articles) of Twitter. And if you are anywhere near conversant with the way the Social Media sphere works, likes and RTs are validations and literally brightens many users day. In Rotimi’s case, he helps with free publicity for events and RTs and likes an enormous amount of tweets (he has 30.9K likes, sigh).

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To learn more about Rotimi and his work, read his interview with TheFisayo.

On a final note, I will like to make this a weekly series, so, if you find someone who has hitherto been working in the backgrounds to improve the lives of those around them. Please mention me on Twitter.

And yes he has a humorous side!

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