In February 2016, I made the decision to pursue graphic design professionally. Although, prior to that, I had a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop and had gotten a few bucks from helping friends with that knowledge. Today, I stumbled on Søren Kierkegaard’s famous quote “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”. This prompted me to look back and reflect on this journey, the lessons, the successes and also share the valuable lessons learnt along the way. Hopefully, someone who’s about delving into this career path would find something valuable in these words.

  1. Graphic design is…

In the thirty months preceding the Covid-19 lockdown, I spent most of my time in transit. My only source of entertainment being mostly the melody of the road, the sounds of cities left behind.

In that time, I had the privilege of conversing with people across various tribes and classes of society; priests, politicians, call-girls and urchins. One thing stands out, Nigerians are daring and resilient. Undefeated by their circumstances and blooming with immense potential. The Nigerian spirit is one that never gets broken.

I tried to document my experiences, but the noise and discomfort of public transportation in Nigeria…

Eze Ossai

Multidisciplinary Designer | Writer | Art Enthusiast

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