An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital: A Visual Print Project created by Two Nigerian Entrepreneurs and their Multi-talented Team in Canada - Paul Ukpabio's Blog


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Saturday, 18 March 2017

An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital: A Visual Print Project created by Two Nigerian Entrepreneurs and their Multi-talented Team in Canada

Written by the Co-founders of Wingd, Zainab N-Muse & David Ebere

The intention of our company, Wingd has always been to squash negative perceptions of millennials as uncreative and unmotivated people. We launched Wingd in order to provide opportunities for people to communicate relevant content in a world where superficial information often makes the rounds. 

Oftentimes, media platforms put a spotlight on people and things that don’t directly affect our lives intrinsically. So, Wingd was created to refocus people’s attention on to things that do matter, like extraordinary people living in seemingly ordinary times. Gradually, as Wingd took shape, we created a digital multimedia platform that comprises of several independent ventures. Some of these ventures include an award-winning blogging platform that promotes positive journalism, our millennial entrepreneur-centered podcast, documentary style videos highlighting global innovation and a nonprofit branch that facilitates global campaigns that promote youth collaboration to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. Once the digital platform was established, we decided to shift into print with our first book. Our next print project is a magazine series.

Our first book is a guidebook on Canada’s National Capital Region (NCR) with a hyper focus on Ottawa. It aims to explore the microcosm in which the Wingd team was formed. We are currently a team of more than two dozen people and the assembly of this book required all of our members, as well as some additional freelancers. Our team consists of amazingly talented writers, photographers, graphic designers and videographers.

The book is divided into two parts with the first part highlighting several travel styles to experience the NCR, some of which include exploring historical spots & monuments, participating in adventurous activities, embracing natural landscapes, and exploring the city through its food and cultural scene. On the other hand, the second part focuses on meeting a subset of people that live in Ottawa, by showcasing them through photographs and short interviews/narratives. In addition, the book opens with a foreword from the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, and concludes with an afterword by the Minister of Small Business & Tourism, Honorable Bardish Chagger. Featured in the book is also a plan for the future of the Capital provided by the National Capital Commission / Commission de la capitale nationale (NCC/CCN).

This guidebook was an incredible accomplishment that took us two years to complete and we couldn’t be more proud to share part of the product of our hard work with everyone. We once heard that Ottawa is a city that lacks creativity, and it was this casual observation that fuelled our ambition to create our book. Although, we are both originally from Nigeria, we quickly started to call Ottawa, ‘home’. Go buy a copy of our book on our online website, and share in our perspective of our beloved city; you’ll never think of Ottawa as boring again.

For more information, visit our website, the official page for our book, and the video trailer for our book.

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