These days, photographers are a dime a dozen in Nigeria. It is quite easy to find a good photographer in almost any town. A great photographer might be a bit more tricky. This list though, is about exceptional photographers; young Nigerian photographers that are raising the bar on what great pictures should look and feel like. In keeping with the current trend of celebrating the power of Nigerian creatives, here are five amazing young Nigerian photographers you should definitely keep on your radar!
1. Obi Somto
Obi Somto is one of the top ranked photographers in Nigeria. Photography for Somto started as a hobby but today it is both a passion and a profession. He has taken pictures of celebrities that include Terry G, Simi, Stephanie Koker and they have been spectacular. Obi Somto is an inspiration to many young photographers that are still trying to find their place. He has grown tremendously over the years.
This kind love! – Our friends @mimzbee and @emmanueloyeleke are getting married! We had the most amazing time photographing them and cannot contain ourselves. . . Tux by @kinghakbal Her Dress by @knanfe Make up by @leylarhcadne Planned by @theweddingcompanyng #Mimanuel2017 #Dec2 #obisomto #obisomtophoto
Shola Animashaun is a multi-award winning professional Nigerian photographer specializing in editorial and commercial Photography. He is also into wedding, fashion, travel and sport photography which has equally brought in prominence. He has worked with and photographed top Nigerian acts like Tuface Idibia ,P-Square, Don Jazzy ,Femi Kuti, 9ice , Ice Prince ,Banky W, Omawumi , Waje , Davido ,Chindima, Weird Mc , Wizkid , Burna Boi, Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay, Eldee D Don, Funke Akindele, Rita Dominic, Saheed Balogun , Mode Nine, Rugged Man, Julius Agwu, Iyanya, Basket Mouth, Bovi, Olamide, Sound Sultan, Lynxx, Chidinma, Vector in his studio and he has had the privilege of shooting international acts like Akon, Jay-Z, Beyonce , Rick Ross, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, The Game, Llyod Banks, T-Pain, Sean Paul, Missy Elliot, Sisquo, Idris Elba, Tinnie Tempah , Busta Rhymes ,SUV, Brick and Lace, Ciara etc.
Ayo Nì O. @ayo_olla . Actor/Singer/Speaker Styled: @tsignaturebespoke 📸: @sholaanimashaun I recall Ayo giving the brief of his folklore songs and I told him to let's find a place that says so much about the Yoruba tradition. We travelled more than 48km to Ifo , found a beautiful location and nailed it. #Ayo #AyoNiO #AyoOlla #AsoOke #SholaAnimashaun #SAPhotoAnimashaunPhotography
3. Kureng Dapel
Kureng Dapel is an award winning photographer based in Jos. He manipulates his pictures in a way that gives them life leaving us. In 2017, he was announced the overall winner of the African Rising Photo contest, which took him to Arusha, Tanzania for the AiR Project. Some of his other awards include the 2017 best photographer on the Plateau the WHOISWHO Award. Kureng is famous for his underwater photography. Recently, Kureng worked on a breast awareness campaign with is team.
This passion project is unique for just one reason. It's not just an art meant to display our expertise in what we do, or to garner followership. Rather, it's an art with a message to help save lives. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is meant to invite everyone and anyone to partner and help spread the message. Your support is thus to share and literally remind every female around you to go check her breast. It's an anti-breast cancer campaign. Together we can fight breast cancer Together, we can save just one life. Makeup by: @cheryls.fx Model: @megfierce TEAM @cine_boi @georgiee_official @mfonabigail @creatorpro5 @asten @ariasharondapel
We hope that one woman will make sure she checks her breast today because an early detection can save that breast. We hope that one man will remind his woman to check herself today too We hope that just one woman will not take any symptom despite its seemingly irrelevant nuisance, symptom, sign or appearance for granted. We hope that one woman suffering this may find hope and somehow happiness in her very existence. We hope that just one woman may learn to live life normally despite the tragedy of the loss of one breast. We hope that this year’s February 4th counts for every cancer patient around the globe. Makeup by: @cheryls.fx Model: @megfierce TEAM @cine_boi @georgiee_official @mfonabigail @creatorpro5 @asten @ariasharondapel @bukky_style @paulpam_photography @_walisz_ #cancersucks #cancerday #campagne #anti_cancer_team
The world has always seen the Maasai people as backward, unflinchingly terrified of technological advancements. They have been called ‘Technophobic’. As the winner of the 2017 African Rising Photography Competition, I let my curiosity lead me to explore both the Maasai people and the name tag of external gaze given them. I found out that the Maasai had a reverse memory of all that ensued between their community and their people during the colonial era. They believe that westerners invaded and disrupted their space and deconstructed their sovereignty thereby bringing division amongst them. The presence of the colonizers also instigated the death of countless Maasai people. The damage is so fresh in their minds that they make a silent creed, unknown to the world. The inherent Maasai gaze has thus become these: to be aware, learn and utilize all that comes as time progresses and all that there is about technological advancements, but, to never get entangled with it to the point that the core of the Maasai culture is lost or termed as irrelevant. To this people, their culture is priceless so they would never be drawn in! • This has become my own gaze at them and this unique perspective as it concerns culture is what I offer the world. The Maasai have gained the ability to sustain culture in the face of evolving technology conveniently. Thus, despite the invasion into our African territories, we must cease to see western culture as ultimate and superior. And, we must rise above the mental slavery as the Maasai people have. #photooftheday #creative #maasaitribe #maasaipeople #tanzania #kenya #blackpanther #blackpanthers @checkoutafrica
4. Tope Adenola
Tope is a portrait and lifestyle photographer and the founder of Horploadworks. Tope takes amazing portraits of people and uses them to tell a story that’s both captivating and inspirational.
5. Musa Tukura
Musa Tukura is a phenomenal story teller. He uses his pictures/portraits to tell stories that capture the heart. Apart from his great manipulation of words, Musa Tukura’s unique style of editing sets him apart from other photographers.
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They pretend to care so they can get a better seat to watch you struggle. Every helping hand isn't always there to help. ____________________________ Male Model @_theblaccman Hands model @realest_mag Assistant @osnongeorge ____________________________ . #portraitmood #portraiture #model #themysterypr0ject #pr0ject_soul #sombrebeings #artistic #inspirationalartist #fineartphg #fineart #bleachmyfilm #themanpr0ject #instahub #instagood #postmoreportraits #bodylanguage_bnc #bodylanguage #abstractart #josphotographer #nigerianphotographer #ourmoodydays #spiritual #spiritualawakening #awakening #humanedge #workofart