Laolu Senbanjo: Behind The Scenes for Guardian Life cover
By Guardian Life BTS
13 January 2018 | 6:24 am
Laolu Senbanjo, also known as "Laolu NYC", born October 19, 1980 is a Nigerian visual artist, musician, singer/songwriter, and former human rights, attorney.
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