Presumably, tens, if not hundreds of images would have been taken at a meeting of South-east leaders, which had opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in attendance on November 14, 2018.
But only one of those photos elicited a fascinating ripple and set the Nigerian social media alight for its surreal depiction.
The image shows Ben Nwabueze, an eminent constitutional lawyer and one of Nigeria’s renowned elder statesmen, resting his head on the left shoulder of Mr Abubakar, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.
Mr Nwabueze, fitting his signature red cap, clenched his right hand around Mr Abubakar — his eyes soaked.
Mr Abubakar, Nigeria’s vice president between 1999 and 2007, returned the gesture with his left hand, an iconic embrace that lasted several seconds, per those present. Ben Obi, a former senator, had a place-able gaze from the right side of the photo, and to his left was Chinwike Ejike, deputy chairman of Igbo Leaders of Thought.
The picture, which was sent out by his campaign, was taken at the event in Enugu by Udim Effiong, his official photographer.
The rallying cry
The most influential photos always come with a backstory, and the iconic image of Mr Nwabueze — an Octogenarian of Igbo extraction — projecting his expectations on Mr Abubakar like a Rorschach test, was not different.
The story began last year in Lagos, when Mr Abubakar was invited to observe a meeting of Southern Leaders of Thought (SLT).