It feels like only a while ago that TY Bello
), Lara George
) and Emem Ema
were part of the gospel group KUSH
. Today, one of the trio Emem turned 40 years old.
Ace photographer TY took a moment to share stunning images of her friend, along with an appreciative post of their three-decade friendship.
"One way to know when a friend is good for you? Watch out for what they do when your dream is still a whisper.. when your next idea hasn’t crystallized.. 20 years ago .. I ‘whispered’ about ‘maybe ‘ wanting to be a photographer.. @vzhun did the first big thing anyone ever did for my photography .. she gave me a photography book. Her late dad was the famous artist Iyang Ema.. madam went into his library and found me a book on photography. Now you have to understand how big a deal this is .. I didn’t have access to the internet at the time .. this book was the only dream seed .. I saw the word ‘aperture ‘ for the first time .. I didn’t understand what that was ... didn’t understand the book but I read it cover to cover countless times .. Emem ema helped me get started in photography before anyone did."
See the photos here.