TrueMen Thursday: Tunji Sangoleye

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This TrueMen Thursday is dedicated to one of our favorite photographers: Tunji Sangoleye. A talented photojournalist, Tunji is the head of "Dare2Dream Photography",  a succesfull business that offers digital photography for events, weddings, family portraits and business headshots.

Tunji specializes in natural shots and can customize a package to meet your photography needs and here at IJORERE we can tell you his shots are GRAND!

You should give him a call, and have your next event at our Atelier photographed by this faboulos photographer.

 

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

 

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TrueMen Thursdays: Gentlemen’s Dinner at IJORERE Atelier

 

This Truemen Thursday we want to feature one GRAND reason to reserve IJORERE's marvelous Atelier: hosting a Gentlemen's dinner. Our gorgeous purlieu is the ideal setting for a distinguished celebration; catered perfectly for today's modern gentleman. Whether it's a classy bachelor's party, a business meeting, a retirement party or guys night out, IJORERE Atelier will provide a suitable sophisticated backdrop for your event.

Let's take a look at this magnificent space!

 

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Give us a call and reserve a date today!

 

Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!
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TrueMen Thursdays: Denzel Washington

 

We all know the amazingly talented Denzel Washington, the actor that incarnated transcendental men such as Malcolm X or Pvt. Trip on Glory. But besides his powerful performances, here at IJORERE we are thoroughly impressed with Denzel's philanthropic resume. 

Washington has served as the national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993. As such, he has been featured in several public service announcements and awareness campaigns for the organization. 

In mid-2004, Washington visited Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston, where he participated in a Purple Heart ceremony, presenting medals to three Army soldiers recovering in the hospital from wounds they received while stationed in Iraq. He also visited the Fisher House facilities that are also part of Fort Sam Houston, and after learning that additional Fisher House facilities were needed due to exceeded capacities, made a substantial donation to the Fisher House Foundation. Washington's other charity work includes donating $1 million to the Children's Fund of South Africa. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Let's take a look at this handsome, timeless, talented and kind-hearted man.

 

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!
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TrueMen Thursdays: Carlos Arredondo

 

In the light of devastating events such as the Boston Marathon Bombing, I like to think of a quote by Mr. Rogers that always brings me a little peace:

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”  To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."

One of these caring people is, without a doubt, Costa Rican-American Carlos Arredondo. The Arredondo family was hit by tragedy when Marine Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo, was killed in Iraq. Shortly after, Carlos' other son, Brian, committed suicide due to the grief of losing his brother. Fazed with such tragedy, Carlos and his wife Mélida became activists for peace and have had speaking engagements all around the country. Once an illegal immigrant, Arredondo became a U.S. citizen in 2006 and continued on his journey of advocating for peace.

 

 

This Monday, Carlos was at the Boston Marathon to cheer on runners from organizations that were honoring his dead sons, and was handing out American flags. When the two bombs were detonated, instead of running to safety, Carlos fled to the aid of the injured, risking his own life. He was photographed helping various victims who were severely injured, including Jeff Bauman, who suffered extensive damage to his legs. Carlos, unfazed by the magnitude of the injury, was determined to save the man's live. Thanks to his courage, he was able to save not only Jeff Bauman, but several other victim's lives as well. 

This heart wrenching display of human solidarity inspires not only me, but the whole Ijorere team. Our hearts go to the victims of this tragedy, but also to the people who shine a ray of hope in such dark times. 

 

 

Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

 

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TrueMen Thursdays: Angel de Armas

 

An important part of planning your IJORERE, is picking a great videographer. Although pictures are great for immortalizing moments and can make gorgeous albums; only video can capture the essence of your GRAND DAY. 

This TrueMen Thursday we are SWOONING over the award winning work of Angel de Armas. His innovative and quiet approach to wedding cinematography along with his natural story-telling ability, has led him to be one of the most sought after professionals in the industry.

Let's take a look at some of his exquisite work. We suggest you visit his site, because these "photos in motion" obviously does NO JUSTICE  to the beauty of his cinematography.

 

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Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!
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TrueMen Thursdays: Segungele International

 

Segun Olaleye, popularly known as segun-gele; started as a young inquisitive man always wanting to help his mother look good. Like every other women she would always struggle and fight with her headties, which Segun could put together in no time. Gele tying as a means of lively hood started April of 2003 where a bet lead him to do his first "paid" tie. A prosperous career emerged from this anecdote and now Segun is one of the most sought after make up artists and headtie couturiers in America.

Let's see some of his wonderful work below.

 

 

 

 

Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

 

 

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TrueMen Thursdays: Bombino

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My husband is an avid music collector. As a guitarist himself, he's always looking for innovative and fresh talent from all around the world. His new favorite, Bombino, has not only fascinated me with his music, but touched me with his story. Omara "Bombino" Moctar, whose given name is Goumar Almoctar, was born in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs located about 80 kilometers to the northeast of Agadez.

 

 

In 1984, a drought hit Niger and Mali, forcing people to leave the countryside and move into the cities or migrate to Algeria and Libya. Eventually, Tuareg communities in those countries organized a rebellion to defend their rights, as they felt overlooked and underrepresented by local governments. Before the fighting began, rebels started teaching the community about the goals of the rebellion through song and the recently adopted guitar. One day, some relatives arrived at Bombino's home from the front lines of the rebellion, carrying with them two guitars that they left behind for a few months. Bombino began to teach himself to play the guitars, plucking out notes in imitation of the songs he had heard. Eventually, after the fights were over, Bombino decided to return to Niger, where he played with a number of local bands. As his legend grew, a Spanish documentary film crew helped Bombino record his first album, which became a local hit on Agadez radio. The success of the album validated Bombino's choice to make a career out of music.

 

 

 

Although just thirty years old, Bombino's life and travels have exposed him to the problems facing his people. He has taken on the mission of helping the Tuareg community achieve equal rights, peace, maintain their rich cultural heritage and promote education. He is an advocate for teaching children the Tuareg language of Tamasheq, the local Haoussa language as well as French and Arabic, all of which he speaks fluently. "We fought for our rights," remarks Bombino, "But we have seen that guns are not the solution. We need to change our system. Our children must go to school…"

 

 

Listen to Bombino's new album (which is marvelous!) and read a little more about his story here!

 

Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!
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TrueMen Thursdays: Mario Testino

 

One of the most important decisions you will make when planning your IJORERE, will be the photographer. Pictures and video are crucial to that special occasion, because they will carry the memories and help you relive those precious moments over and over. When choosing a photographer, there are several things to keep in mind: quality, personality, price, etc. But, what if you have no clue what good is? Well, IJORERE's got your back! This True Men Thursday we decided to feature one of the most famed and exciting photographers in the world: Mario Testino.

 

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Testino has had many exhibitions of his photography in museums and galleries around the world. In 2002 The National Portrait Gallery in London opened his exhibition, Portraits by Mario Testino, which is still their highest attended exhibit on record. In 2010, Testino was also invited by the renowned Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid to exhibit his work, one of the few living artists to have done so. In 2012 he was invited by the prestigious Museum of Fine Art in Boston, USA, to exhibit in a new show which opened in October 2012; his first museum show in the United States of America. 2012 saw the opening of MATE, Asociación Mario Testino, a cultural institution in Lima, Peru, that carries his name with a mission to promote culture to both local and international audiences through artistic programs. In this distinguished location, Testino will be debuting a new exhibition this April labeled "Alta Moda". 

As a portrait photographer he captures the actors, beauties and worldwide celebrities of the moment, as well as receiving royal commissions from The Prince of Wales, Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Diana Princess of Wales, and Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan.

 

 

 

 

Testino, who was born in Lima, Peru, was awarded his country’s highest honour in 2010, the Grand Cross Order of Merit, presented to him by the President of Peru. More recently, 2011 marked his 30 years as a photographer. In that year his career was highlighted with a number of honours, including the Gold Medal from the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, which is presented to individuals from Spain, the United States and Latin America who have played a significant role in strengthening the relationship between the Spanish-speaking world and the United States.

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the images and got some cool ideas for the photography for your GRAND DAY!

 

Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

 

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TrueMen Thursdays: DJ Diesel

 

Born and Raised in Nigeria, this Chicago based DJ can bring the roof down with an eclectic and fun melting-pot of sounds. Exposed to different kinds of music while growing up, DJ Diesel is a master of his craft, while still working towards greatness. Often referred to as the real definition of diversity, when planning your very important IJORERE, don’t doubt giving him a call, from some of the online reviews I found, your guests won’t even want to leave the dance floor!!!

 

Check out his Tumblr and Facebook pages too!

 

Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!

 

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TrueMen Thursdays: àsìkò, Capturing the Moment

He calls himself àsìkò, which means ‘the moment’ in his native Yorùbá. He picked up his first camera seven years ago and hasn't stopped since. Àsìkò's passion for photography is a direct reflection of who he is and what he feels. Inspired by mystery, romance, fantasy and his African heritage, he constantly experiments with different ideas and groundbreaking concepts. He currently lives between London, Belgium and Nigeria with his wife and children.

 

 

Àsìkò's photography inspires us here at IJORERE; not only by the use of his rich heritage, but also by the bravery and honesty that emanates from his powerful portraits.

Don't forget to also check out Àsìkò's social media sites: Instagram asiko_artist, Twitter asiko_artist, Tumblr the asiko and Facebook asiko

 

 

 
Carmen E.  – IJORERE Memoirs 
May your day be IJORERE, a day that is GRAND!
 

 

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