By Ifeoluwapo Ojo
My expertise is in 'Organisational Communications' and my journey began with a keen interest in photography. My experiences have given me a unique perspective on the power of visual communication. I understand how images can tell stories, evoke emotions, and convey messages in ways that words cannot.
My ability to capture candid images telling stories through visuals will be an asset to the Mercy Corps, helping me stand out as a candidate. Additionally, my experience in the field will give a practical understanding to identify the goal, the challenges, and the opportunities that exists within the scope of the assignment..
I am convinced that my expertise will be invaluable for the assignment where I will prove strategies to use a variety of mediums to create compelling visual content that will impact reporting and engagement outcomes.
Interrelating skills within the Mercy Corps community will go a long way to harness a collective responsibility that will foster visual communicating elements aiding storytelling
My early years as a photographer are marked by my interest in shooting weddings. This stage laid the foundation for me honing my skills to become a driving force along my career path. Through this experience, I developed a keen eye for details, using great compositions, lights and colours to tells stories that convey emotions.
Shooting weddings was a learning curve that nurtured creativity, the concept around innovation and service, having these experiences drive my career path.
As I researched and explored different areas of photography, I discovered my desire to create long-term impactful content that can communicate messages and ideas to a wider audience. My journey gradually began to transition from shooting weddings to a distinguished role.
3. Organizational Communications
From shooting weddings into a swift transition documenting and communicating the activities and values of institutions, highlighting the role they play in their engagements. This role waxed my expertise around 'organizational communications', capturing the essence and impact of these institutions. In course of the career path, I have shown flexibility and versatility in adjusting to different opportunities and contexts, and proven my passion and proficiency in documenting and communicating their values and activities.
The interesting part of the expertise is the commitment to service and the capacity to develop contents for communications to any extent.
4. COVID-19 'Social Development' Project
At the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), I documented the Nigerian Government efforts to prevent and respond to COVID-19, creating content that encouraged positive behaviour change in Nigeria to lower infection rates.
A mobile phone production in the isolation centre to urge Nigerians at the time to get tested and also go into isolation when tested positive to COVID-19.
This role enhanced my expertise in organisational communications as I documented the NCDC's activities for archival and communication purposes, and supported the communications unit with social media content.
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5. Facilitated Workshop
Training the agency's top management and rapid response teams on mobile phone photography tips was a milestone that proved I am passionate for great storytelling through making a positive impact as a tutor. The purpose of the workshop was to refine the skills to create and share content that would showcase their activities satisfactorily.
The workshop engagement exceeded expectations, leaving a lasting impact that was clearly measurable over time.
6. Staff Spotlight Series
I created a production series that featured staff members sharing their diverse roles and experiences in the organization. The series consisted of short videos that showed staff members at work and interviewed them about their perspectives and insights.
The series was very popular, with staff members eager to participate and tell their stories.