Born in Oxford, he Studied Literature in Ibadan, Lancaster and Heidelberg before taking up photography in 1974. In 1987 he was awarded the Stern Reportage scholarship, which enabled him to continue his long-term project on the mega-cities of Lagos, Cairo, Johannesburg and Kinshasa. Founding member of the UMZANSI cultural centre in Durban. He is a photographer, curator and writer based in Berlin and working on mega-cities, especially those on the African continent: Cairo, Lagos, Kinshasa, Johannesburg. The city as a space of personal involvement, personal striving to come to terms with the everyday.
Recent group exhibitions: “Afropolis” in Cologne and Bayreuth, 2010; “Pret-a-partager” in Dakar, Capetown, Lagos, Douala, Berlin and Stuttgart, 2009 – 2012. Akinbiyi has curated shows in Germany on DakArt 2008 in Berlin and Stuttgart; on the Bamako Rencontres, also in Germany and has co-curated shows at the Bamako Rencontres on Nigerian photohgraphy, 2001, and on German photography, 2003. He has also led workshops in various countries and says of himself that he is passionate about photography and the arts. He now lives in Berlin. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions.