Name | OluFela Raymond Tusin (Fella) is what everybody calls me. Some call me OluFella
Tell us a random fact about yourself | I LOVE TO COOK
What is your current occupation? | I am Currently a product advisor for Microsoft and a Freelance Photographer
Would you class yourself as an ambitious man? | Yes I would. I am very passionate person about everything that I get involved in. its either all or nothing for me. I don’t believe in “halfassin” Life.
Have you always been ambitious? If not what was the turning point for you? |Yes I have always been an ambitious person. But I also believe there have been moments in my life where I push myself to be more ambitious about my endeavours. One of those moments was when I left college to pursue my dreams as a photographer. With so many self-titled photographers these days I believe what separates me from others is my passions and love for capturing people, my ambition to always keep growing learning and inspiring others to do greater things.
What is your biggest achievement to date? | My biggest achievement to date is raising over $7000 towards Livingstone International University (LIU); a privately funded University in Uganda Africa. I achieved this by volunteering 2 weeks of my personal time and skills to document LIU’s first graduation class ever. I spent 95 percent of my time on the university’s temporary campus documenting the students, professors, deans and other employees surrounding the campus. I also took advantage of my surroundings and shot and documented as much of the locals as possible.
This wouldn’t have been possible to achieve if it wasn’t for the amazing company I work for (Microsoft) pushing each and every one of its employees to volunteer in their communities. For every hour I volunteered, the company matched my time with $25 per hour donation to a charity of my choice. As I was born in Lagos, Nigeria; I figured what better place to give my time than a country in Africa.
While in Uganda it really took me back to growing up as a kid in Nigeria. I remember hoping; praying and wishing that one day I would have the opportunity to better my family’s lives by getting a better education and a great job. But I also prayed I would have the opportunity to leave Nigeria and see what else the world had to offer me. Fortunately for my family and I, we won a visa lottery and I was presented with everything I ever dreamt of. As I documented the students and people of Uganda, I could see that same hope for a better future and opportunity in every kid’s eye. That’s what pushes me every day to keep raising awareness for the kids/people in Uganda.
Through my photographs from Uganda and other works, I continue to raise funds for a second trip back to Uganda and also help fund more resources for the kids and people in need in Uganda.
What is your long term vision for yourself?| My long term vision for myself is to be one of the people that educates and encourages young minorities in America and all over the world to invest their time and money back into Africa and also help educate the youth in Africa. To achieve these goals, I would have to move to a country in Africa and start a base for young entrepreneurs and educators to come. I don’t have an exact written plan for this yet, but everyday God leads me closer to building it together.
What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision? | I am willing to sacrifice anything to achieve my vision because my goals won’t just benefit me but it will benefit future generations to come. I have sacrificed a lot. But I would say the biggest thing that I have noticed sacrificing day in and day out is my own personal money. I invest a lot of money into my work. Most people I know have grants and other resources that help them fund their work. But all the money I have comes from either selling art or from my 9-5 job at Microsoft [Thank you Microsoft].
I have also lost a lot of people in my life because of the changes I had to go through mentally and emotionally to become my true self.
What advice can you give to other ambitious men that want to pursue their dreams but are afraid to do so? | Take it a day at a time. God didn’t create the world in one day. Be patient. Don’t just accept the knowledge giving to you, seek it out yourself.
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