Nigerian artist, self-taught photojournalist and Canon Ambassador Yagazie Emezi's passion for her home inspired her to first pick up a camera. "When I started taking pictures, I actually didn't have any interest in photography itself, I was more interested in sharing visuals of home," says Yagazie, who finished high school and university in Albuquerque, New Mexico after studying Cultural Anthropology and African Studies.
"I left Nigeria when I was 16 years old and remember most of the images on my first camera [a Canon EOS Rebel T2i, now succeeded by the Canon EOS 850D] were taken when I returned after eight years. I just wanted to record these memories of my childhood home," she explains. "I remember going through my parents' old suitcases, wearing these old clothes, taking these self-portraits and visiting Lagos for the first time, just wanting to take pictures of everything and share Nigeria with people."