Topazine Eye: Five Photographs | Martins Deep

Boy in Picture: Peniel Manai Yakubu.

Photo Title: Manai.

Date of Creation: February 17, 2020.

Location: Ungwan Boro, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

From the stables of Shotstoryz Photography, this photo was shot with a reimagination of a poet in the body of a black boy. It’s one driven by a bittersweet nostalgia that never stops to hover. It portrays the sacrifices of a typical African surviving the strains of an educational curriculum that doesn’t hold as much strategies in facing the harsh realities of life as it should.  It portrays a struggle of the African in the mastery of wielding the pen whose manual isn’t with his/her mother tongue. “Manai” is the a reflection/representation of the African in their quest to attain what they’ve been taught is key, & power.

In Picture: Treasure Mudiakevwe Oyiboghare.

Photo Title: Starving Grief.

Date of Creation: May 18, 2020.

Location: Ekehuan Barracks, Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.

This digital visual art promotes the pursuit of inner peace amidst chaos, & uncertainties of life. It also portrays joy, hope, & rest in a world always thirsty for tears. This picture is starving the god of grief it’s libation. It’s a reflection the photographer’s mood after making a steadfast commitment to never let his lamplight dim in the storm.

In Picture: Rejoice Yakubu

Name of Photo: ‘Soulitaire’

Date of Creation: November 20, 2019.

Location: Ungwan Boro, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

This digital visual art is dedicated to girls caged behind chocolate bars with rape stories buried underneath motionless tongues; those suffering from rejection; those whose voices have been suppressed with a shameful excuse of their gender; casualties of oppression, hate speech, & many others that choke their existence in the dark. “Soulitaire” is a protest against gender stereotypes that seeks to lock up in solitary confinement, promising girls with purpose/vision burning in their hearts.

In Picture: Peniel Manai Yakubu.

Name of Photo: Topazine Eye.

Date of Creation: April 8, 2020.

Location: Ungwan Boro, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

“Topazine Eye” seeks the need for research, & awareness for those living with the genetic condition of sickle cell anemia. It seeks to echo the heart cry of those neglected, & portrayed as weak.  It calls for society to join hands to strengthen health agencies involved with this condition, & also those in their painful crisis fighting for survival.

In Picture: Mendos Philip.

Title of Picture: Bars & the Boy.

Date of Creation:  May 8, 2020.

Location: Ungwan Boro, Sabon Tasha, Kadu a State, Nigeria.

This photo is a cry in the ears of justice, & society. It seeks to protest against unfair jail terms, & other sentences for crime. Its for all those put in prison for no just reason, & are left to rot away in confinement. “Bars & the Boy”  is call to the boy child to turn his back against violence, & every beast that mounts his mind to be inhumane. It also cautions him about the consequence of his actions towards keeping, or breaking the law.


Martins Deep is a Nigerian poet, photographer, & currently a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. His works have appeared, or are forthcoming on Writers Space Africa, Agbowo Magazine, Coffee, The Ducor Review, The Peace Exhibit, IconTowers Studios UK, & elsewhere. He is deeply passionate about telling the boy child stories in his poems, & photos. His photos are richly themed with true, relatable African condition. He is the brain behind Shotstoryz Photography. You can reach him via email:    

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