His name is Fortunate Umurname Peter. But he is better known as Fortune. He was born and bred in Bariga, Lagos but hails from Owerri. Although he started life from a very humble beginning, today, through every dint of hard work, Fortune is Davido’s official photographer. The young man went through a lot in life. At some point, he even had to drop out of school against his father’s wish. For several years, he was on his own, trying to make ends meet. At first, he started off as a graphics designer and later went on to photography after his aunt, Dr Harriet, got him his first camera which he used to push his hustle after he came back to Lagos from Owerri. He recently paid City people Magazine a visit and was interviewed by City people entertainment reporter PRECIOUS POMAA and City People Senior Editor, WALE LAWAL. In this exclusive interview, he talked about his tough and humble beginning and how Davido changed his life for good.
Take us through your family and educational background?
My name is Fortunate Umurname Peter. I was born in Bariga, July 10, 1997 from a poor family. I am the 3rd from seven children. We spent 10 years in Bariga before we moved to Ikotun. I happen to be a very creative child. I started secondary school then left Lagos for Owerri when I got admission into the university but I couldn’t cope so I left school after my 100 level because of finance and some other personal issues. Though my father was really not happy but I just had to take that decision.I joined a print media and worked in the graphics department where I learnt graphic designs. I was an intern for a year and I kept working with them.
How did you get into photography?
I wanted something that could add to my hustle because I was not really earning big from graphics. One day, a guy came to our office with a camera and that was the first time I saw a camera in my life. Then, I asked the guy if I could make use of it. He asked me if I was able to handle a camera and I confidently said yes, is it not to snap? He let me take the camera and I couldn’t hold it well. He then laughed and said I didn’t even know how to hold a camera. His remark made a deep impression on me and it was a challenge to me. That day when I got home, I took my phone and I googled the word photography, so many things popped up and photography became passion and life, for me. I kept reading online for 6 months then I decided I was going to get a Camera. I called my aunt,
How was the experience like?
It was mind blowing because I met a lot of people and I was exposed. I also made sure I shot a lot of artistes and I was sending them DM and Emily said all the contents I gathered were all for me. I got so many artistes numbers.She told me how to go about it and my life was going on well. Then,Emily introduced me to Moses who happens to be Reminisce’s manager. I sent him pictures of him I took and from there we started talking and he was getting me all access tags to cover other events. I took a picture of Ehiz de Dada boi and from there we became close and he was also supporting and taking me for shows. I was covering events, exchanging contacts, sending artiste their jobs, they would post and give me credit. I was doing all these without getting any money. I was just happy, as far as my brand was going to be exposed, I really didn’t mind. Sometimes I tell upcoming photographers that money shouldn’t come first because you might get a job and get paid but no exposure,but at the same time, you can do a free job and your brand is heard everywhere.Though you need money but money is not everything sometimes. The main aim of doing all this was just to push my brand forward. Sometimes, I had events to attend but I had no money to pay my way to the venue. I can remember the day I trekked from Ajao Estate to Ikotun because I had nothing on me.
How did you come in contact with DMW?
It was through my friend Yola who used to manage Dj Olu. I knew him when I did back to back free jobs. I told him I wanted to give something to Davido and he said I had to go through DMW president who happens to be BANKO
How has working with Davido changed your life?
It has really changed my life because I came from nothing to something. He takes me out, gives me jobs, introduces me to people, get me stuffs and assists me. I am proud to say that I have won David’s heart.
So who are the people you’ve worked with?
I got portfolio for Davido ,Pogba, Popcaan, Lilbaby , Cassanova, Mayorkun, Wizkid , Jidenna, Tiwa Savage , Burna boy , Patoranking , Akon, DMW and many more .
What has been your parents’ reaction after you left school and all?
My father was angry with me.He said I needed to plan my life and go back to school. I got angry with everyone because I knew what I wanted and I didn’t want anyone stopping me from that but right now my father is proud of me. Everyone is proud of me.