I’ve learnt that the best time to create something, for me, is at the exact moment when that thing fills my senses.
I’ve just finished watching Kemi Adetiba’s King Women interview with TY Bello. I don’t know what spirit possessed Kemi to come up with this King Women series but it has to be from God. I usually would save the videos to watch offline, thereby conserving tens of megabytes. Imagine my shock when I couldn’t save this particular one. Apparently, the save option had been deactivated. I was distraught. But there was no way I could miss an interview with TY, so I damned the megabytes that would be consumed and tapped the play button.
From the very beginning, I was captivated. One could say it was because of TY’s smile or the movement of her hands or the way she just kept saying “you understand” so convincingly that I couldn’t help but nod my head in assertion a time or two. In less than one hour, Miss Adetiba took me through TY Bello’s entire life! I felt like I was watching everything from a vantage point. TY’s interview was spiritual, but then isn’t everything about her so? TY’s images are spiritual. Her songs are spiritual. Her smile is spiritual. As far as I’m concerned she might as well be wearing a Tee shirt that says ‘God lives here’.
I gained a new understanding of “man, know thyself” today. How can one understand every part, every bone, every trembling of one’s skin and not be shocked, dismayed or scared? This woman knows her strengths, her capabilities and harnesses them to the fullest. She has been a hair stylist, a make-up artist (before the days of instagram), a musician and a photographer. She understands times and seasons and has used them amply to her benefit. We see this in the manner in which she has transitioned from one craft to the next and all the way back. Imagine my surprise when I found out that how she became that had not always wanted to be a photographer.
TY’s interview told a story, not of strength but of total dependence on God. In so many ways, TY brought my attention to myself, to the little things about me that I haven’t recognised as the gifts that they are and it has made me sober; to the many things I’ve held back from God because I wouldn’t trust Him enough as much as to handle them for me. There are dreams I’ve refused to make him a part of, desires I’ve kept to myself, out of fear that He may want something different.
I learnt through this interview, the importance of knowing one’s purpose. That not everyone is meant to be a master of one trade. As much as has been put in our hands, we’ve been given the capability to multiply. That passion is never overemphasized. If you’ve seen TY Bello’s works you’ll understand this. You’d feel like she was in love with the subject all through the shoot. See, TY Bello made me like Davido. For a whole 48 hours! Anybody that can sell me Davido is a legend as far as I’m concerned. This whole month I’ve been waiting Thursday after Thursday to watch her recorded studio sessions where she just sings whatever is laid in her spirit and…I’ve never seen anything like it. So here’s to today’s inspirational person, Toyin Bello née Sokefun. Cheers!
P.S: If you can spare the data, find the video on YouTube. In fact, watch all the King Women videos. There are lessons to learn and many of these lessons are not gender-specific.