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Tribute to Tam Fiofori: A pioneering visionary storyteller

  • June 27, 2024
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Tribute to Tam Fiofori: A pioneering visionary storyteller

* Zinno Orara also paints last canvass

By Editor

LEGENDARY photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer, Mr. Tam Fiofori has died. He died yesterday, June 25, 2024. A statement signed on behalf of the Directorate and Board of the iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival Lagos by Mr. Femi Odugbemi said, “It is with deep sorrow and profound respect that we at the IREPRESENT Documentary Film Festival acknowledge the passing of Tam Fiofori, a legendary Nigerian photographer, filmmaker, and author. Fiofori, who departed this world on June 25, 2024, was a monumental figure in the documentary ecosystem of Nigeria. His enduring influence and unwavering support for the IREP docufilm festival have left an indelible mark on our community.”

Born in 1942, Fiofori’s illustrious career spanned over several decades, during which he profoundly shaped the narrative of Nigerian and African stories through his lens and words. His contributions to documentary filmmaking and photography were not just artistic expressions but powerful commentaries on society, culture, and history.

According to Odugbemi, “Fiofori’s dedication to the iREPRESENT Documentary Film Festival was nothing short of inspirational. His presence at nearly every single edition of our festival was a testament to his commitment and passion for the craft. Even in his later years, he continued to submit new work, demonstrating his relentless creativity and his desire to capture the ever-evolving stories of our times.

“Fiofori’s legacy is one of brilliance, innovation, and an unyielding spirit. He not only chronicled history but also inspired a new generation of filmmakers and photographers to pursue truth and authenticity in their work. His absence will be deeply felt, but his influence will continue to guide and inspire us. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his life and work. We are eternally grateful for the time, talent, and wisdom he shared with us.”

ALSO, popular Nigerian visual artist Zinno Orara has passed on at the age 60. Orara attended Government College, Ughelli, Delta State and Auchi Polytechnique, Edo State. He was a quiet but visionary painter and respected in the art community. While mourning him, fellow artist and founder of Omolayo Art Gallery, Biodun Omotayo described Orara as a ‘gem’ and ‘painter of philosophy’, adding, “Zinno Orara, thank you for adding colours to the lives of others even when you were going through your own silent pains! Who would have imagined that your DIALOGUE at the National Museum, Lagos, this year was going to be yoru last major outing! Hmmm, lifeis so ephemeral. Zinno, we love you but the Lord loves you more!”

Gab Awusa and Sam Ovraiti also paid tribute to the departed artist.

May their souls rest in perfect peace, and may their legacy continue to illuminate the path for future storytellers and visualiser!

Rest in peace, ‘Uncle Tam’ and Zinno Orara! You will be dearly missed, but never forgotten!

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