Participants

AMAIZE OJEIKERE (b. 1966)

Amaize was born on the 7th of June 1966 in Lagos. After he graduated from higher school in1991and working for about 3years, I decided to pursue a photographic career.

His photographic career has spanned a little over 16years. This has been under the tutelage of his father, J. D ‘Okhai Ojeikere (one of Nigeria’s foremost photographer). In the course of his career, at different times, he has participated in various photographic workshops organized by MR SUNMI SMART—COLE The Goethe Institute, The French Cultural Centre and The British Council (Lagos, Nigeria), Mon. Giles Perrin and Philippe Salaun in Paris, France in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2003 respectively.

He has also exhibited his works in various photography festival and exhibitions such as Lagos STATandSICHTEN, Berlin and Stuttgart (Ifa gallery),The Unhomely: Seville, Spain; Snap Judgment, New positions in Contemporary African Photography: International Centre for Photography, New York; Depth of field: south London gallery London.  Transferts (Brussels, Belgium) Ports de Afrique in 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 respectively and most recently, the Idea of Africa (re-invented), Bern Switzerland 2011. He is a founding member and secretary of Invisible Borders.

ALA KHIER (b. 1985)

Ala Kheir (Ala Eldin Abdalla) was born in Born in Nyala, West of Sudan on April 1st 1985 and is currently living and working in Khartoum. He actively began photographing in 2005 and also purchased his first SLR the same year. He says of his work: “I find joy and fun at all types and styles of photography, I do not limit myself to a certain kind of subjects but instead I work in several categories according to how it appeals my creative senses”

He has had exhibitions such as50+1 Malaysia, Kuala lumpor 2007” (group project), “Feel the color”, Khartoum, 2009. And his works have featured as cover photos of local and international magazines. He was the Winner of the UN education photograph 2010. He has other projects in the pipeline and continues to broaden his scope of perception.

CHIDINMA NNOROM (b. 1985)

Nnorom Chidinma N. is a Visual Artist, born on the 14th of September, 1985 in Lagos State, Nigeria. She holds a Higher National Diploma in Graphics Design from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria, in 2009. Chidinma started photography as a student when she participated in the “Paris-Lagos” Photo exchange project, which brought together students from the Fine Art School of Paris and a selected counterpart from the Yaba College of Arts of which she was one of.

She relates with issues dealing with the everyday life of people- politics, culture, colours, symbols, and even to the most insignificant things. She plays around with the non-figurative in a bid to approach humanity indirectly through objects which have undergone human contacts and displacement, photographing her subjects in such away as it adds a question mark to an already existing statement.  She has participated in workshops and exhibitions in Nigeria, and abroad, in Paris and Bern. She was a participant in 2nd edition of Invisible Borders Road Trip from Lagos to Dakar, and as such is a member.

EMEKA OKEREKE (b. 1980)

Emeka Okereke born in 1980 is a Nigerian photographer who currently lives and works between Nigeria and The Netherlands. He came in contact with photography in 2001. Over the past years, he has worked strictly in black & white, but currently, employs other media (graphics, video, sound, and literature), which makes his artistic practices seem more and more active and dynamic by the day. His works deal mostly with subjects and issues that involve the society and the emotions dissipated through cosmic coexistence of human beings alongside the non-humans. In the past, he has explored versatile ways of communicating his own particular vision – in poetry, in video works, in multi-layered exhibitions in the public space as opposed to the gallery, in power point and video presentations of the various projects he was involved in.

He is a project coordinator and has initiated projects such as the Lagos – Paris exchange (2008/2009). He is the founder and artistic director of Invisible Borders.  His photographic works have been exhibited in most of the Major cities in the continents of Africa, Europe and USA and has won several awards and grants for his projects. He has a masters degree from the Fine Art School of Paris.

EMMANUEL IDUMA (b. 1989)

Emmanuel Iduma was born in 1989 in Akure, Nigeria. He studied Law in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and has been called to the Nigerian Bar. He is the co-founder and Managing Editor of Saraba Magazine, and the Editor of 3bute, an online mashable anthology of African modernity.

Iduma’s first book, a short novel, is titled Farad, and published by Parresia Books, Nigeria.

He blogs for Black Looks, Mantle Thought, and KTravula. He is the Initiator of Gambit, a conversation series with emerging African writers, published on Mantle Thought.

His writings have been published severally including in Saraba, Itch, Sentinel Nigeria, New Black Magazine, Story Time, African Roar, Daughters of Eve and Other New Short Stories from Nigeria, Hackwriters, Nigerians Talk, Wakabout, and so forth.

Emmanuel was the blogger for the 2011 Invisible Borders Trans-African Road Trip Project.

He lives in Lagos.

JUMOKE ASANWO (b. 1977)

Jumoke is a female Lifestyle Photographer out of Lagos. She is a graduate of English Studies from the Obafemi Awolowo University and also trained as a Cabin Attendant at both Lufthansa Training Centre in Frankfurt Germany and The Swiss Training Institute in Zurich Switzerland.

She was in the aviation Industry for 4 years and her sojourn here took her to various parts of the world. In the last 2 years she has been managing a Lifestyle store and she rekindled her affection for Photography while there.

This stemmed out of her need to document events and activities within her work space photographically. She is an avid reader and very adventurous by nature. Her photography stems out of her passion for images and travelling.  She believes strongly in capturing the essence of each subject and that to her is key. She recently participated in X-Perspective Exhibition at the Goethe Institute.

KEMI AKIN-NIBOSUN (b. 1991)

Kemi Akin-Nibosun was born on the 2nd of March 1991 in Lagos State, Nigeria. She holds an advanced level diploma in photography and art form Barking Abbey Sixth Form, London England. She has developed a style with tasteful relations between conceptual art and photography, critiquing the anaglyphic effects of 3D cinematography to create depth and form.

Since leaving school she has been mentored by people in various fields of music and art, starting with an independent fashion designer Samia Malik (ihtgw label), Tomorrow’s warriors Jazz Orchestra and Central Saint Martin’s summer tutors. Courtesy of The Invisible-Borders project she has presented her works at the Peace ground in Khartoum, Sudan and the Gebre Kristos Destre Centre in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, as well as the group exhibition at The New Museum of New York.

Currently working at the National Gallery of Art, Abuja she maintains a blog on her ideas and inspirations at pokart.wordpress.com

NANA OFORIATTA – AYIM (b. 1977)

Nana is a Ghanaian/ German cultural historian, film maker and writer. Her works on cultural history have appeared in publications such as The National Geographic, The Statesman, The Dubliner and Time Out. She has given lectures and explained her work to students at a number of universities such as Cambridge, Kumasi, London and Oxford. She has been the curator of exhibitions and events for institutions like The British Council, The British Museum, The Liverpool Biennial, The Royal Festival Hall and The Victoria and Albert Museum. Her films have been nominated for prizes at a number of festivals, including the Festival of de African Film in Milan, screened at The Museum of African Diaspora, among other places, and also used in academic study programmes. Her first work of fiction, ‘The Tightrope Walker’, was launched at the Hay Literature Festival in May 2010 when she was author-in-residence at Triangle France in Marseille.

She is the director and co-founder of ANO, a non-profit-making organisation that devotes its attention to the points of contact between culture and development in Africa and its diaspora. She recently completed research work with architect David Adjaye and curator Koyo Kouoh on cultural institutions in Africa, and she is working freelance for frieze magazine and on book projects.

RAY-DANIELS OKEUGO (b. 1980)

Ray-Daniels is a photographer who debuted in the creative industry as an actor in the popular film industry of Nigeria known as Nollywood and has appeared various feature-length movies. He combines his practice as a photographer with his passion for acting. His photographic works tend to take off from documentary photography while retaining the attributes of photo-journalism whose strength lies on the keenness of observation of the unobserved and contribute to the relentless effort to record a swiftly and constantly rewritable space and history as suggested by his immediate surroundings.

He has participated in photographic projects such as: Paris-Lagos 2008/2009 a photographic exchange project, which took place in Lagos and Paris respectively and was coordinated by Emeka Okereke. His work won a prize at the Tarifa 2009 Photo Festival in Spain. He is equally a founding member of Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Initiative.

UCHE OKPA-IROHA (b. 1972)

Uche Okpa – Iroha was born on the 2nd of January, 1972 in Enugu, Enugu State in Nigeria. Uche holds a Bachelors of Technology degree in Food Science and Technology.  Uche started photography in 2005 after seeing a photography exhibition by the Nigerian collective, the Depth of Field (DOF) at the South London Gallery, Peckham.  His main interest is based purely on humanity and he likes to report the essence of human living and conditions in pictures that will inform the mind of the on looker.  Uche is primarily influenced by his environment and communal surrounding. He does a lot of portraits in open spaces and usually places his subjects in their habitual space. Uche goes close to his subjects, always trying to initiate some kind of dialogue and to be involved in the situations he finds himself thereby having a sense of social responsibility. Uche is a founding member of the Nigerian photography collective known as BLACKBOX Photography Collective with a major group exhibition titled Lagos: Nocturnal Vibrations, 2007, to their credit.

He is also a member of the Invisible Borders Trans African Photography travel group and a member of the new collective, Under the Table.Uche has tken part in various workshops and exhibitions such as The Paris-Lagos 2008/2009, Tarifa Photo Fesitival 2008 Spain. His works have won awards such as the Jean Paul Blachere Fondation Prize and  Seydou Keita Prize for the best photography creation at the 8th Bamako Encounters.  He is currently a fellow at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

UNOMA GIESE (b. 1963)

Unoma is a Nigerian/German photographer and writer. A repressed artist whose parents believed in ‘real’ professions, she went into banking to please them while always maintaining artistic activities and ventures in her life, more as a lifeline to sanity than anything else.

She gave this up and embarked fulltime on a career as an artist with an emphasis on social change. Feeling the need to enhance the intellectual basis for her musings, in 2000 she enrolled for the BA Hons program at the Westminster University in Photography and Multimedia. She is a mid-career photographer who on the one hand feels the cynicism of having seen a lot all over the world, but whose passion burns as brightly as when she first set out. She seeks to reconcile this paradox in such a way as to bring meaning to the dizzy momentum of change that is underway on the African continent.

In 2009, having been in diaspora for 25 years, she returned home to Nigeria and have since been involved in several art-based projects. The quest is for social change that impacts philosophies and values. The vision is to leave a meaningful legacy.

LUCY AZUBUIKE

Lucy Azubuike obtained a bachelors degree in Fine and Applied arts from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1999. In 2004, she developed interest in photography and had photography lessons with Prof. El Anatsui.

She has had several art exhibitions and workshops both in and outside Nigeria amongst which are ‘LIKE A VIRGIN’ a duo (Lucy Azubuike and Zanele Muholi) photography exhibition at Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Lagos 2009, Multipist project in South Africa 2008. Paris Lagos- photography project, Nigeria/France. She is currently with the ‘Invisible Borders ‘ Trans-African Photo Initiative  as one of the photographers and a video artist. She is responsible for the compilation of all video documents for the Intiative

Lucy Azubuike’s conceptual approach question the way in which we view our everyday environment and women issues. Trees often play the central role in her work.

CHARLES OKEREKE (b. 1966)

Charles Okereke is a Nigerian Multi-disciplinary artist currently living and working in Lagos. He had his primary education from 1972 to 1978 at Bishop King Primary school Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria and my secondary education, from 1979 to 1984, at secondary commercial school, Oku-Iboku, Itu Nigeria.

After secondary school, he enrolled in an apprenticeship scheme with a commercial arts outfit, in the commercial city of Aba, Nigeria and trained in Screen process printing, black and white, color, and lithographic films processing. Also, sign writing, neon sign manufacture from 1986 to 1990.

In 1991 at the age of 25, he decided to further his education, and got admission into the University of Port-Harcourt to read Visual Arts, and graduated in 1996 with B.A in Visual Arts, majored in Sculpture.

After graduation from the University, he enrolled in a part time training in carpentry, from a master craftsman in the city of Aba, thereafter he set up a studio/workshop in the city, designing and making customized furniture in wood, and in metal.

In 2003, he moved his studio to the more vibrant artistic city of Lagos, to challenge his potentials, branching into other genres of the Arts.

In 2006, he took part in a photographic workshop called, ‘Football World’, organized by the Goethe Institut, Lagos. Under the curatorship of Nigerian/ Berlin based photographer, Akinbode Akinbiyi. The aftermath of the workshop formed the photographers’ collective, BLACK BOX, which he is a member.

In 2009, he became a member of a Trans-African photographic road trips called, INVISIBLE BORDERS, travelling through the West African sub region, with anchor in Bamako, Mali, for the photo biennale. Similarly repeated in 2010 to Dakar, Senegal, for the DAK’ART FESTIVAL, personally working and researching on a theme called, ICONOGRAPHIES AND SYMBOLS IN AFRICAN ARCHITECTURES AND OBJECTS. This is a research in the adaptations, interpretations of the icons and symbols into 3D forms, and a definable language that captures the essence of the people.

He has also written, acted, directed and produce plays and drama pieces, like; THE BROKEN VESSELS, RETURN TO INNOCENCE, THE THIN LINE, and VESSEL OF HOPE. Actively designing and constructing sets and props.

He also works with children, organising arts classes and workshops has exhibited nationally and internationally in major photographic forums.

CHRISS AGHANA NWOBU

My name is Chriss Aghana Nwobu, I was born February 1971 in Africa. As an African the story of Africa is my story,  story of  beautiful peoples with beautiful cultures, story of a long neglected continent where children are forced to pick up arms instead of pens, where most of the world’s wealth flow from yet the people are so poor they cannot afford to have a decent meal, where internal and external exploitations have left a continent stagnant, dependent and hopeless without direction. This is my Africa, If my lens is spared history will record me as my own worst enemy and until my lens put smiles on those faces, I will not have a biography.

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