By: Yussuf Anka
The dexterity of Fatima Muhammad, a 23-year-old native of Katsina State, Nigeria, has continued to spread across social media like wildfire in harmattan.
A graduate of China Medical University in Liaoning, China, Fatima combines medical practice with photography. She currently works at a hospital in Abuja but also has a deft ability to capture nature and other serene sites through her lens.
Explaining how she started photography, the talented Medi-Photographer told the BBC Hausa in an interview that, “I started taking pictures in 2014; now it is 5 years since I started.”
She stated that till date many people have been offering to buy some of her pictures. Specifically, her picture of the National Mosque, Abuja, seems to be the most viral picture online; trending on most social media platforms. According to Fatima, she used a camera drone in taking the mosque.
In an exclusive chat with The Transverse, when asked what informed her decision of such combination, Fatima replied: “Nothing really. Just a passion for both. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor since childhood, and photography is something I developed interest for a year after I joined medical school.”
Ability to multi-task could be challenging. More so, there are perceptual inclinations in northern Nigeria which limit areas the women folks could explore in their career aspirations. However, Fatima seems to have a wonderful family as she enjoys the full support of her family. “The only challenge is trying to balance the two even though not very possible. But I try to work hard for that. I have my family’s full support most importantly. And nowadays, most parents are supporting their daughters who have interest in any form of photography,” she stated.
Fatima who hopes to become a celebrity someday whereby her pictures will be known across the world, encouraged the youths to work tirelessly towards achieving their goals. She encouraged others not to limit themselves to their professional training alone. “You can be anything outside medical, engineering, law, etc. profession and still be very good at it. Don’t limit your possibilities and talents. Whatever it is you’re passionate about, it only requires a daily doze of zeal and hard work to achieve it. And so long as it doesn’t contradict the teachings of your religion you should work hard for it,” she advised.