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Celebrating Olusegun Obasanjo at 80! Check out the Former President’s New Photos as he Covers ThisDay Style



TY Bello shot former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, for his ThisDay Style cover as he marks his 80th birthday and we love how candid and real the portraits are.

TY Bello also had quite an interesting story to share about the backdrop that was used for the shoot.

She posted on her page:

About 13 years ago I asked an assistant to help me source a gold velvet fabric for backdrop for my portraits .It was meant to be large and in the tone of gold …rich.. like the highlight on a very dark persons skin…He didn’t nearly find what I wanted.
He however came back with a small sized unimpressed ash colored fabric that looked really old.. I was disappointed .
It didn’t occur to me that he just handed me gold .. real gold.. that boring piece of fabric became my favorite backdrop . I went on to photograph 3 Nigerian presidents against it. It was also the best shade for post production . It was light enough to compliment most skin tones ., yet dark enough to be augmented in post production.
In this portrait my ash colored backdrop was brushed to a rich gold to compliment Baba’s aso oke.
Sometimes we don’t find exactly what we are looking for. .. but we must learn to appreciate what we have been handed … it may just be golden #tybellophotography #photostories #obasanjo at 80 for @thisdaystyle”

See more photos below.

Photo Credit: Instagram – @tybello


  1. Carina

    March 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Baba is looking handsome. Hehehe

  2. Ottawa Queen

    March 13, 2017 at 7:41 am

    ?? No be only magazine cover! Even with make-up he still looks “obasanjoish”

    • MadamYe...

      March 13, 2017 at 10:25 am

      LMAO…It is Monday morning guys..let us behave. HAHAHA… ‘Obasanjoish’

  3. Soft

    March 13, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Go TY!! Living your life like it’s golden!!

    Happy Birthday Baba!! May God bless your new age!! Amen!

  4. Fabulous

    March 13, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful pics. Fine Baba.

  5. bb

    March 13, 2017 at 8:49 am

    you love how candid and real the portraits are or you love it cause Tybello shot it?

  6. Lis

    March 13, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Forget…. baba na 90 years

  7. Ebora owu

    March 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Love him or loathe him,He has done his best. Telecommunications for all, paid our foreign debt, balanced representation of all tribes, madam due process,madam Nafdac, madam world Bank, professor Soludo to mention but a few.

    The best president​ till date.May your days be long.

    • tee

      March 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Exactly Right! Best President with Great Support. his very diligent Vice President also did a great job giving fantastic recommendations and work. Government was inspiring to watch in their time.

    • nene

      March 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      i agree

    • j

      March 14, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Yes, I agree. Call him 90 or monkey, it doesn’t take away that Obasanjo is a legend. You better hope to be this strong at 90. Did you see all the people who came to celebrate with him, all ethnic groups, local and foreign. Give respect where it’s due. Good job Ty Bello, one of the best photographers

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