Asiyami Gold’s Career and Lifestyle is Instagram Worthy

Model, designer, photographer and creative director, Asiyami Gold, is a real Renaissance woman. The Nigerian-born multi-faceted creator has a passion for design, photography, and travel, as is well documented in her envy-inducing Instagram page.

Her creative agency, ASIYAMI GOLD, launched in 2013, has a distinctive aesthetic that has been sought after by giants like GAP, J. Crew, PANTENE, VOGUE, and more.

“I strongly believe that we are all born artists, and some are blessed to have parents who recognize these gifts at a tender age and so begin to foster their children’s gifts,” said the artist in an interview with Create & Cultivate.

“I, unfortunately, did not have that growing up. In the 5th grade, I painted my first canvas that was recognized by my school and awarded for being the best painting by a student at the time. My parent’s response to my award was contrary to my expectation. I grew up in a country where art was respected but not revered which then led me to treat the arts as it had been painted: ‘Art is a hobby; it doesn’t put food on the table.’”

Thankfully, she didn’t listen to the negative responses she received. “I picked up a camera when I turned 15 and never looked back,” she recalled. “I enjoyed documenting life and the beauty that I saw in things that others didn’t deem as beautiful.”

“As time progressed, I fine-tuned my work, studied what I liked about photography, and executed my vision. I didn’t start out paying attention to my ‘niche,’ and if I’m being completely transparent I wouldn’t say I have even found my niche. What I can say confidently is that I love documenting beautiful things and giving life to things that are often taken for granted. Through my work, I’m able to offer a different perspective on how people may perceive their everyday ‘norm’ and that to me is what really makes it all magical.”

Take a look at her magical experiences and photographs, portrayed on her Instagram page.

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My father was the son of a cocoa farmer in Dighriga, Otapha. When he became of age, he quickly left the small town in pursuit of his dreams. He had an incessant desire to be educated, nothing about the farm life appealed to him. He saw the value in education and till this day has been diligent in acquiring as many degrees as he possibly can. Formal education was the currency he needed to create a life for himself that was foreign to those he grew up with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A man like this would expect that his daughter would go on to excel more than he did academically; I therefore became my father’s worst nightmare years ago when I dropped out of nursing school. How could the daughter of someone who loves degrees so much not have one degree? But we can also ask what could make the son of a farmer not love farming? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I guess it’s safe to say that we all possess the autonomy to curate our lives and future. Years ago when I temporarily moved to NYC in pursuit of my dreams, I recall being so ecstatic. Broke AF, but happy to take a risk and dive into the unfamiliar. Today I have the freedom to live a life that I never fathomed would be possible. I briefly shared my story with some ladies I met at a workshop Nne and I hosted last week. They candidly expressed how they felt when they see my images pop up on their feeds. They said, “everytime we see your picture on our feeds we just say to ourselves, the girl has good luck… her own better sha” I laughed and shared snippets of my life BTS. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I reflect on the past 5yrs I would say luck has only been 3% of the reason why I made it this far. Faith, Courage, perseverance and resilience has been what got me this far. “My own better” because I have been relentless. So today I am thankful for my resilience, I am thankful for the story that is still being written. I am thankful for all of you and your support throughout the years. #latethanksgivingpost @seeingafricadifferently

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After showers my grandmother would massage us in palm kernel oil (ibiolo) to enrich the radiance of our skin. I remember the fragrant scent of this particular oil, an aroma so potent that it had me licking my skin after she had applied it and sometimes she would give me a teaspoon full to savor. Ibiolo was pure magic. It was wonderful for the skin and cured most ailments. Ruth’s skin looked like she was bathed in palm kernel oil. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ruth had just finished getting her physical from the #ajuonumafoundation. As she gathered her belongings to leave I kindly asked her for a portrait. She looked at me slightly bemused but also amazed that I had asked her for a portrait. We walked down the untarred road to position ourselves by the plantain tree which served as our backdrop. On the way she had asked me if my camera would be able to recognize and translate the pigment of her skin. As I began to document Ruth I couldn’t help but marvel over how her velvety black skin contrasted so beautifully against the terracotta soil of the land. Skin so incandescent, that it made everything around it appear so rich. While I watched through my lens in awe of her beauty, Ruth asked again, “you dey sure say this camera see me as I black like this?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With more women on the continent looking more like Vybz Kartel and less like their true selves, it is important to celebrate the nuance of beauty in its raw and purest form. Here is to this beauty, Ruth. 🖤 #seeingafricadifferently

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How ludicrous would it be to live in real time and not share online? This platform is a tool we should all use as we deem fit. I truly appreciate all the check-ins 🙏🏾 You guys are amazing!!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not posting on the gram doesn’t always have to be construed as “something being wrong”. I do appreciate the genuine care and feel the love but I have been chilling sipping on mango lassi in the hills of Jaipur, exchanging stories with strangers, documenting things that lift up my spirit, and building new meaningful connections offline. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Over the past month I celebrated my birthday— here’s to 27! Spent time with people who make my life even sweeter than it is portrayed online, I have emptied my cup and seeked experiences that allow me to pour back into myself in a real way.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year has been far more fulfilling than the previous years….but I have felt like a machine of some sort and really needed to just do something good for my soul. As life continues to exceed my wildest imaginations, it’s morally imperative that I stay grounded and go after experiences that allow me to preserve the momentum and vigor I had when I started this journey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thus far my time in India has fostered my zest for life. I have been overwhelmed by the vibrancy and the allure of this country. Besides my aching back and fragile knees from walking up and down the bazaars and vegetable market life has been quite pleasant. #welive

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