Cover image: NAYARA OLIVEIRA CAPTURED BY MAR+VIN FOR HELENA PONTES
Editor's Musings Artwork by MariaLaura Fedi “You cannot create anything you want from life if you cannot see it as a possibility. Period. It’s never going to happen. In order for your dreams to manifest into reality, you must have a distinct vision to help you navigate through life. Having a vision is also critically important to substantiating the meaning of your life and validating the reason you are here. Every single one of us has a vision. We may each call it by a different name—a dream, a wish, or a hope.” — Linton Bergsen (Purposeful Vision - See Your Vision, Know Your Purpose)
Vision is described as that image or idea that we picture in our mind for our lives; what we want to do, who we want to become, the careers we want to have, the businesses we would like to start and own etc. Having a vision helps and enables the pursuit of goals, dreams and ambitions a lot clearer and indeed does have the ability to open our minds to the endless pool of possibilities the future avails to us.
Our 4th volume and second print issue ‘VISION’ is a celebration of the people within this issue whose vision have been laid one brick at a time amidst the worst possible storms and weathers of life but still forged on regardless, the concept of vision in its entirety and appreciating the creative visuals and writings of our contributors.
This volume is a special edition dedicated to a formidable and super talented young man, PAPA OPPONG who’s VISION is beyond what we could ever imagine. Volume 4 is packed with well over 400 pages of amazing content, celebrating the voices of some unique and talented individuals who have not only been on my radar for years but have inspired me daily in my lowest moments as I watch and learn from their journeys, snippets of which they share on social media to let us know that it is not easy but they have the vision and the fight within them to face each day as it comes and make sure that the vision is laid one step at a time regardless of the struggles that come with it.
Through this issue, I have also had the greatest opportunity to connect with the featured, utterly talented and creative artists from photography, set design (Beast & Burden), to writers, stylists, hair and makeup, illustrators and more whose amazing work are all included within. Without these amazing individuals, this issue would not have been as amazing and beautiful as it is and I just want to say a huge thank you to each and every single one of you. We made magic and vision happen and I am so proud and happy to have connected with you all both on a professional and business/artistic level. I hope you love and are as proud of this issue as I am because truly it takes VISION to make this happen.
I will like to take this opportunity to say thank you and show my appreciation to all my interviewees and contributing writers. Gosh the list is endless (hides face), but I had to have you all in this issue (greedy as it may seem). Thanks to Mimi Plange, Papa Oppong, Moshoodat Sanni, Samata, Asiko Artist, Oye Diran, Jennifer Ewah, Natasha Nyanin, Helena Pontes, Camelia Skikos, Kate Zambrano, Isabelle Feliu, Keta Gutmane, Kanyinsola Onalaja, and Hiroshi Goto. Thank you all so much for indulging me, for dedicating time to my intensive, lengthy and painfully comprehensive interviews (hides face again). I am so grateful and completely blessed and moved by your show of patience, kindness and understanding towards my vision.
Thanks also to all our contributors for this issue. I was truly overwhelmed by your responses when I came calling and to those who emailed me to be part of this issue, thanks for believing in my vision and trusting VMM to be the best platform to showcase your amazing and brilliant work both written and visual. I hope you all enjoy this issue and to anyone interested in collaborating with us please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org I am always excited to receive and read your emails.