Hello, my name is Olubusola Ajayi. I am a Nigerian-American filmmaker and media educator who recently relocated back to Lagos. Now, I was a really fortunate kid growing up because both of my parents totally supported my dreams. I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit at the age of eight and I was hooked. I was going to make movies. In my culture, most Nigerian children are not given the opportunity to dream of being some big time moviemaker, at least not for long. We are encouraged to be doctors and accountants, lawyers, and engineers. Fortunately for me my parents supported me the whole way from my interests in animation, to studying photography in college and then film production in graduate school. My parents always saw the bigger picture. They believed that by investing in my dreams that I would pay it forward to my own children someday and most especially my country.
In addition to being a filmmaker and media educator, I am the Co-founder of The UR4Africa Project, a grassroots organization that strives for the empowerment of youth and women through media making in Africa. Our newest initiative, The Public Art Program (PAP) is an art education and exchange program for youth and local artists but it also seeks to engage local Nigerian communities. PAP’s primary objectives are inspiration, the development of new ideas and engaging our local communities. In addition to teaching art and media skills, we are promoting equal collaboration between people of different social classes and encouraging care and responsibility for community.
PAP is for young Nigerians because we understand that the young people we work with will become adults and be different. They will grow to care for one another no matter their social class, they will grow to feel responsible for their communities no matter their tribe, they will grow to be self sufficient because the skills they acquire will help them think outside of the box. These youths are our future leaders, people who believe in integrity over corruption, society over self. PAP’s young creators will grow to be leaders who understand that no nation has promise if they are not lead by someone with a vision or dream. PAP will help to usher in a generation of socially conscious and creative citizens and this is only the beginning.
This message is a call to action to support our cause. We are in the process of piloting our first program at the end of September and we are so close. Any monetary support would be a great help but even supporting us in our efforts to cut our costs for things such as food, transportation, and/or supplies will ensure our first year is successful. As a media educator I have seen first hand what programs such as PAP can do in the lives of young people and their communities. Join us! And please share and support our cause with others!
We have been receiving art supplies (sketchbooks, pens, pencils, erasers, markers, paint, etc.) at:
The UR4Africa Project
7105 3rd Avenue #227
Brooklyn, NY 11209
To support us monetarily please go to our Go Fund Me campaign, link here.
Thank you so much for your support! I look forward to introducing you to the talented young creators and artists we are working with this year.
Olubusola ‘Shola’ Ajayi
Co-Founder, The UR4Africa Project