#Photo-Africa with Victor Adewale: The small town boy with big dreams
I meet the amazing young boy in this photo on my recent visit to Oshogbo in Osun state.
His name is “Imole,” he says, which when translated to English means “light.” He is playing beside the rail track, his smile erupting into laughter, his hands flying gracefully by his sides.
When I ask him what he would love to be in future-and to my utmost surprise- he says, “I want to be a Yoruba teacher” with a certain conviction that startles me.
We talk till the sun is about setting, I tell him I leave for Lagos the day after and for a brief second I think I see a flicker of sadness on his face at the thought of me leaving and I marvel at the devotion of this boy whom I have just met.
Then I take his silhouette. His face beams with excitement when I show him and he stutters as he says;
“S-s-é èmi ni yen? Is that me?” and I nod.
I will find Imole and he will be a Yoruba teacher, he will be light.
Photo-Africa is a First Culture series with popular photographer, Victor Adewale geared at redefining Africa through the lenses