Jide Alakija

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photoblog image Children of Rwanda #2 : Protection
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Children of Rwanda #2 : Protection

I really don't have much to say about these images. I'm at a point in my life where I'm constantly asking myself things like "What's the point? What is the point in working so hard only to end up realising that you are not getting anywhere?", "Why do we all have egos?" "Why are we so self centred?", "Why are we constantly trying to outdo one another? Especially when there is always someone better out there?"


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  • :)
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Oct 2007, 00:27
the point is to give love.
When others work so hard just to survive, what we call work sometimes seems pointless.
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Oct 2007, 01:04
how did you get her attention?
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Oct 2007, 01:19
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” By Marriaane Williamson.
  • mama
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Oct 2007, 01:31
I would say fantastic shot because of the image is so good & touching as well but i don't think that is the point of this shot at all...

The point is not to take for granted the time we have here on this earth but instead we should start to appreciate what we have rather than bother about insignificant things like like our reputation/egos and once we can see clearly passed our nose, we can start to help people who are really in need.

We should live for every moment but also make our lives worth while because each one of us has a purpose and I believe that what we should be willing to give generously; be it materialistic (money) or talent (gift), these should be used to bless others.

Bless xxx
  • àsìkò
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Oct 2007, 06:51
Gosh ur dramatic sha, nice tocuhing shot
I can`t answer your question, at least not in a way that would do it justice. I can comment on this beautiful photograph, though. Regardless of what you were thinking when to took it, or your reason for posting it with this particular commentary, I think it is a beautiful and moving image. This child protecting a child moves me greatly.
welcome back
powerful series
compelling shot

no answer to your questions sad
Powerful image. Another Alakija classic. What made you decide to shoot at such a high ISO though? What determines the ISO you use?
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 30 Oct 2007, 13:15
Powerful portrait.

I think the point is we are here for a reason, all of us and everything has a point. Sometimes we just don't get it sometimes we do, but to give up trying figure it out would be a great tragedy.

To me the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" speaks that message that no matter what we all have a purpose and a point.

As tough as their life may be, it would be worse one without the other right? With each other they have love and where there is love there is always hope.
I do not know as it is the point, Alakija. But I can say to you that this image moves to me. An image to think! Great photo!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Oct 2007, 15:14
Something I picked up:
'We are here to procreate just like everything else. We just complicate things and distract ourselves by fighting with each other. We are a bloodthirsty ruthless species.'

The point can only become clear in non-existence (this is now my own thoughts). Can atheism have a meaning or point if there was no Christianity? If there was no affluence what would poverty mean? Who would assist the poor?

Working hard - can it have a point of its own. I believe not. Working hard for something can have meaning.

Can you feel good if others around you suffer? I know there are those who try to feel good, but they end up fearing what they see to the extent that don't feel good.

So what will be the point of your death? General speaking - nothing at all. There may be a point in your living. That point cannot be found in yourself but in others. Your living can only have a point if it means something to others.

It is not the process that has a point - it is the product.

BTW exellent picture - you did get me going here.
  • mora.b
  • USA
  • 30 Oct 2007, 16:27
wow. This picture is priceless
  • truth
  • United States
  • 30 Oct 2007, 21:42
What is the point?....wish I knew. Nice pic.
  • Urv
  • United States
  • 30 Oct 2007, 23:26
Stunning shot. And powerful as well as beautiful. And your comments regarding it remind me of the quote, "The meaning of life is to live a life of meaning."
Nice warm photo..
  • Simon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Nov 2007, 10:41
It's hard to believe we were in the same place, your photos capture more than my eyes did at the time.

Looking forward to seeing the rest.
  • Chinwe Ozobia
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Nov 2007, 11:54
I cried....and then I said a prayer
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Nov 2007, 17:06
Very classic, very good.
  • sinem
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Nov 2007, 11:20
The point is to give this life our best shot, find the purpose of our existence in this world and pursue happiness for ourselves and show kindness to fellow humans as we do so.
The point is that you've generated a beautiful discussion... one that points to the sacredness and goodness in each of us despite our circumstances. Jide, your light shines far, as it should!
  • olayinka fadairo
  • Dallas,Tx
  • 12 Dec 2007, 07:09
This is my favorite as it speaks words without measure,as a mother of a beautiful baby girl,i would have loved to take them and give them care,comfort,and all the love in this world that i can give.God bless you Jide.
  • Watch
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jan 2008, 12:10
In my opinion this is your most powerful shot ever... Very moving.
  • Robert
  • Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 8 Feb 2008, 01:43
I'm trying to think of something profound to say about this wonderful photograph. The only word that comes to mind is outstanding.

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