iShoot by Obi Somto: These Little Ones

by Obi Somto

We believe that art is life, and that there’s an art lover in everyone. That’s why YNaija is pushing the envelope yet again to bring you a striking new photography column named ‘iShoot’ by talented photographer/retoucher, Obi Somto. In this weekly column, we present an album of brilliant photographs from Somto’s collection, each linked by a theme.

In our first edition, themed ‘These Little Ones’, we commemorate Nigerian children – tomorrow’s leaders and the future of our dear country, by bringing you touching photos of children from all over the nation.

Photo captions by YNaija Editor

'Wood & Smoke'
Peekabo, I see you!
A bright smile
School sucks!
Waiting to grow up...
Don't shoot me
Before the baptism
Her sister's keeper
Black and white stare
See, I can touch heaven!
Summer Cowgirl
'Words are ghosts that haunt me'
I spy, with my little eye
Our magic carpet
Till we Light Up Nigeria, you can have my little light
Football for Life!


About the artist:

For Obi Somto, photography is more than an art, it’s an obsession – a whole new world.  He is an artist who sees the world through a lens. He has a knack for making meaningful connections with the people and objects he photographs. Whether it’s in color or black and white, Somto tells a story with every photograph that will captivate and connect with you.

Born on August 1, 1988, in Lagos, Nigeria, Somto has always been art inclined – to draw, paint, mould and carve. After he discovered Photoshop and Fireworks, he launched his career as a graphic designer and illustrator, and has been shooting professionally for 2 years.

He brings a unique blend of experience, vision and distinction to his style of photography.  In his 2 year career in photography, he has been commissioned by the African Council of Optometry and The Sight and Hope Foundation among others. He has photographed several Nigerian celebrities and dignitaries, with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the top of the list.

He holds a degree in Banking and Finance from Babcock University.

See more of his work at

Comments (4)

  1. like yr photos howeva the tag on don't shoot me sounds a bit awkward its more like a hungry child saying plz give me food…lol

  2. Obi is a gaddamn photo goddess! #thatisall

  3. Gunner's for Lyfe for a guy wearing AIG /Man Utd/ former sponsor? LOL

    Awesome photography collection. Looking for the works other photographers on subsequent editions of iShoot.

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