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Olusimi Vijay Afun-Ogidan | Brooklyn, United States

Thompkins avenue in Bedstuy, Brooklyn is home to beautiful historic brownstones and a cocktail of businesses. Part of the cocktail of businesses is a handful of black female entrepreneurs. I take a look into the lives of three of these proud ladies in their stores on Thompkins, as they maneuver the obstacles of gentrification, global protests against racism, gender inequalities, the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, and how the communities they live in, come to participate and support these resilient women entrepreneurs.

Simi Vijay is a portrait, editorial & documentary photographer based in New York.  

He is of Nigerian and Indian parentage. After He Studied Electronic engineering in ATBU, Nigeria, He moved to New York to study Photography at the International Center of Photography. 
He enjoys using his lens to explores topics around manifestations of human resilience and dignity, immigration, culture and identity.
He has worked on several photo and video documentary projects for different International Organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNFPA, UNHCR, Wateraid, USAID MARKETS II, Marie Stopes, DFID-PERL-ARC, EU-ECES, GIZ-GIAE-RPPP, and has had his photos and videos published on different international social change organizations media platforms.
His selected work has been exhibited in group exhibitions, listed below. International Center of Photography Student Exhibit (New York, USA), Retro Africa Art exhibition (Abuja, Nigeria), Portrait of America EyeEm (San Francisco, California), SCOPIO (New York, USA). His work has also been published in The Year Time Stopped - The Global Pandemic in Photos.



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