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Old meets new as Nigerian photographers gather

By Jemi Ekunkunbor

Last weekend in Lagos, photographers gathered at the Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi for a joint photo exhibition tagged “Perspective on contemporary Nigerian Photography”. The event which is the first of its kind with photographers in Nigeria, brought together both the old and new photographers who showcased beautiful works some spanning three decades.

Organised by Essential Interiors Magazine and the New Awakening Magazine, the exhibition was brought about because of the void that was evident. Publisher of Essential Interiors, Ms Titi Ogufere said, it is amazing that in spite of the inherent talented photographers in Nigeria, there has not been a forum where all of them are brought together for a joint exhibition. She said the pattern has been for individual artist to go on solo exhibitions abroad where they perform excellently well. “What we find is that there is still a bit of ignorance about photography here. So what we need is education and for people to know that photography is part of art”.

Ike Aseme Ikenga, Don Baba and Maureen
Ike Aseme Ikenga, Don Baba and Maureen

In all, 17 photographers exhibited their works. Among them were veterans like JD Ojekere, Sunmi Smart-Cole, Don Barber, Tam Fiofori. More contemporary photographers include the likes of TY Bello, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and Lolade Cameron-Cole.

The photographers exhibited old and contemporary landscape as well as portraits of eminent Nigerians with each artist bringing his or her personal style and flair to bear on the pictures.

Below are some of the faces at the event.
Pix by Diran Oshe


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