This week’s cover, “Good Night Ojukwu: The Legend Goes Home In Style” is the third (two have been consecutive) we have done on the departed Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the Ezeigbo Gburugburu. Why? Given what the man stood for among Igbos and Nigerians, Ojukwu, in life and death, deserves the honour. This particular honour, in its most dramatic and literal sense is what we sought to project in our cover design for the week.
Ojukwu’s body was flown from London to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria. Our photo journalists and reporters from across the country were fully on ground to cover the event. As our usual practice, we got cracking by sorting out the best photographs (that best ‘tells the story’) sent by our photo journalists. We came up with quite a handful that we used. But then, as usual, just one was approved.
This cover concept was premised on the idea of evoking some form of emotions as it had Bianca Ojukwu, the wife of the late Ojukwu in the background and also projecting the honourable way proceedings took in the final burial ceremony of Ojukwu. It’s no doubt that the photograph did all the work we intended. The power of photography you’ll say.
We did not do much work on the photograph, obviously because even in its original state, it was good. It had a high resolution with proper detailing; a good contrast and a strategic positioning (picking Bianca on black in the background). The only manipulation we required when the file was opened in Adobe Photoshop was to clean off areas distorting the rider. With the clone stamp tool, we carefully cleaned and blended (remember to always work with a copy of the original) off some areas contesting with the rider. We then placed the image in Coreldraw where we finalized the design by placing other graphic elements in their positions.