Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Jones Odagwe, I'm from Delta state in Nigeria and I'm a professional photographer.
What was growing up like?
Growing up in a place like Sapele in Delta state isn't as easy as most people think, it comes with lots of challenges on your personality and mindset but I thank God and my wonderful parents(Engr and Mrs Odagwe) that never gave up on me. Now I can say it was fun…lol
Tell us a little about your educational background?
I attended NEPA Staff Junior School now PHCN(Power Holding Company of Nigeria) Staff School and International High School both in Sapele Delta State and then University of Abuja where I graduated with a Bsc in Economics.
So what is Jones Graphe all about? What does it mean?
Jones Graphe is all about photography and Artistry Business in general. On ground we cover events and on the internet we are working on the biggest photography and art presence ever seen in Africa. Jones Graphe will be launching a new product on the internet before the end of 2012. We are going to be showcasing excellence and showcasing Africa. (Watch this space for more info on that)
Jones is my name like you know already. Graphe is a Greek word meaning ‘Representation by means of lines’ or drawing’.
How did you get into it?
All thanks to my dad who gave me a camera on my birthday while in junior school as a kid and since then the passion has been there. When I was at the University I began taking photography classes outside school and studied under a professional photographer Mr Afilaka Olaniran Abidemi.
What is your typical day like?
Like right now I have a meeting after this interview and then a model shoot by evening, so my typical day is always so busy.
What do you love most about you what you do?
Meeting new people excites me, working in a new and challenging locations motivates me and then Editing brings out the creativity in me, not forgetting my canon camera…lol I love my job
What’s been your best work ever?
A wedding between two excited young couple “Thom and Frances” and also a meeting at Transcorp Hilton Nigeria on oil and gas earlier in the year.
What are the difficulties involved?
Lots of unskilled photographers giving the skilled photographers a bad image.
If you weren't doing this, what would you have been doing?
I never really thought of that part but probably I would be working in a bank.
Have you ever felt like giving up on Jones Graphe?
No, I have never felt like giving up, because I love what I do.
Who or what inspires you?
God and the right folks around me.
Considering the level of success you have attained, youths out there would be itching to know how old you are.
Lol… I'm in my twenties.
Asides work, what do you do for fun?
I study a lot, I write, go swimming, ride my bicycle, hang out with very close friends and travel to new and exiting places.
Advice to youths that wish to follow in your footsteps.
My advice to the youths out there, is to always put God first in anything they do, think positively and be creative. They should love whatever they do and be passionate about it. Lastly, they should always have the right folks around them.
Jones was nominated in August 2012 at the Music Save Me Awards for the most Outstanding Performance in Photography (who says hard work doesn't pay?)
Pictures speak a thousand words, I would let them speak to you about this talented young man.
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I hope you all had a lovely time getting to know Jones like I did.