TY is one of the most inspiring role-models in Africa today. Her story, from a little unknown girl to a successful singer and then a professional photographer is filled with great efforts and an undying passion for social change.
Today on CEO Faces, we present to you, Multi talented TY Bello….
TY Bello born in Ogun State is a graduate of Economics from University of Lagos. After her studies, she changed track and worked as a journalist for a while. Her passion for photography developed over the years and she began exploring her career as a photographer. She has also toured the world of Nigerian Music and collaborated with many acclaimed singers. After 9 years of fruitful marriage with Kashetu Bello, in October 2014, she became a proud mother of twin .
Her two boys were named Christian and Christopher. The date of release of her album, The Morning Songbook coincided with their date of birth. Her father, Remi Sokefun was a dedicated TV producer who often hosted top musicians in his home, including the late Fela Kuti.
Her evocative portraits never fail to arouse strong emotions and have made her one of the most applauded and keenly sought after portrait photographers in the country.
Indeed she has the unique distinction of having photographed three sitting Nigerian Presidents. She was appointed as an official photographer to the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan. Through her photographs, she explored the highways and byways of her country’s vast social fabric. She has also photographed celebrities, including British rapper Tinie Tempah. She was instrumental in discovering the rare beauty, Olajumoke Orisaguna who later became a successful Nigerian model. She currently works for ThisDay fashion magazine.
TY deploys the same creative gift to produce engaging yet timeless music. She launched her debut solo album Greenland in 2005. It’s title track–Greenland and Ekundayo became instant hits and are now widely accepted household favorites which earned her two prestigious awards, the Nigeria Music Award and a Sound City Award. The Future–her Nigerian jubilee tribute, was released on the eve of the April 2011 general elections. It became the awakening song for Nigerians as they Steered the fate of the nation with their votes.
The video of the song “The Future” has appearances from by Chude Jideonwo, Banky W, Sound Sultan and Tara Fela-Durotoye. Infused with patriotic lines, her deep baritone voice and charming melodious music made this song an instant success.
TY’s songs and her photography which has been exhibited in Nigeria and around the world have earned awards both at home and abroad.