Photographers in Nigeria are increasing by the day. Photography is no longer a profession for dropouts or misfits. The industry reeks of artistic expressions that question humanity. Featured in this article are top wedding photographers in Nigeria, the best female photographer in Nigeria, celebrity photographers in Nigeria. Nigeria is long overdue for a standard school of photography. The photography business in Nigeria is booming.
Events cannot always be replayed in our minds no matter how much we try to remember. Photographs are simply the best ways to save memories and Photographers are the best bet in achieving this.
In Nigeria, the media focuses on music artists, actors, and footballers, with little or no attention to this group of people who provide timeless content captured in either still or motion pictures.
In the past, photographers were seen as jobless people who go about with old cameras doing wash and take pictures. Today, its a whole new world of art, creativity, and aestheticism.
- TY Bello
Toyin Shokefun-Bello popularly called TY Bello, is a groundbreaking photographer, singer, songwriter and philanthropist. Born 14th of January in Ogun state, TY Bello is a woman of many colours. Popular for her amazing work behind the lens and her singles ‘Greenland’, ‘Ekundayo’ and ‘Freedom’ and beautiful hair, before embarking on a solo career, TY Bello was part of a defunct gospel group called ‘Kush’. Before photography, there was journalism, and before journalism TY Bello graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Lagos. Over the years TY Bello’s portfolio has grown to fit socially changing campaigns, albums, and iconic photographs. TY Bello is responsible for the discovery of the beautiful model Olajumoke Orisaguna, a bread seller turned supermodel, who was caught in the photo project featuring Tinie Tempah in 2016. Annually, TY Bello organized photography exhibitions to raise funds for orphanages in Nigeria. She is also the director of Link-a-child, an NGO dedicated to proliferating information on orphanages in Nigeria and seeking sponsorship on their behalf. In July 2011, TY Bello was honored by the non-profit Communication for Change organization in a five-part documentary film series titled ‘RedHot’
- Kelechi Amadi-Obi
Kelechi Amadi-Obi is one of the industry’s finest. Born December 29th, 1964, Kelechi Amadi-Obi is a Nigerian creative photographer, painter, artist and the publisher of Mania Magazine. His contributions to the creative industry has earned him both national and international recognition. Kelechi Amadi-Obi was born in Owerri, Imo State to the family of Justice Sylvester Amadi-Obi, a high court judge, and Mrs Theresa Amadi-Obi, an educationist, Kelechi Amadi-Obi is the sixth of seven children. This Nigerian creative is a trained lawyer, who found love in art and photography and made it a career. After much practise in the field, Kelechi Amadi-Obi has gone on to become one of the foremost celebrity photographers in the country and a founding member of the Nigerian photography collective Depth of Field, which has as one of its members, TY Bello. Having work exhibited on major platforms such as Snap Judgment: New Position in contemporary African Photography, International Center of Photography New York, Kelechi Amadi-Obi has photographed big names from Aliko Dangote to Agbani Darego
- Obi Somto
Obi Somto is a young photography who has always been art inclined. He was Born August 1, 1988, Obi Somto is a force behind a camera lens. Obi has always had the desire to draw, mould, paint and carve and his career as a photographer kicked off when he discovered his power in photoshop and fireworks. He launched his professional career as a graphic designer and illustrator in 2010. Obi Somto holds a degree in Banking and Finance from Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria and has since then made a name for himself in the creative field. He has photographed dignitaries and celebrities including former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ebele Goodluck Jonathan. Obi Somto has also been commissioned by renowned bodies such as African Council of Optometry and The Sight and Hope Foundation among others.
- Aisha Augie-Kuta
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Aisha Augie-Kuta was born April 11th, 1980 in Zaira, Kaduna State, Nigeria. She is a Nigerian photographer and filmmaker based in Abuja and is also the daughter of late Senator Adamu Baba Augie and Justice Amina Adamu Augie (JSC). Her love for photography began at a young age when her father gifted her a camera. Augie-Kuta received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and is studying for an MSc in Media and communication at the Pan African University, Lagos, now Pan Atlantic University. Heavily awarded and recognised, Aisha Augie-Kuta has made contributions toward girl child/youth development and nation building. She has been a frequent facilitator at the annual gathering of photographers, Nigeria Photography Expo & Conference; a panelist and speaker at various events; and has spoken at TEDx events in Nigeria
- George Osodi
George Osodi is a Nigerian photographer. Born in 1974, George Oshodi is popular for his press photography. Since his career as a press photographer, he has been successful in the international art world from the mid-2000s. George Osodi grew up in Ogwashi-Uku, a city in the Delta State of Nigeria. He studied Business Administration at Yaba College of Technology in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos, and then worked for a short time as an accountant for the Nigerian bank SGBN. From 1999 to 2002 Osodi was a press photographer for the now discontinued newspaper The Comet in Lagos. In 2002, he joined the news agency Associated Press. George Osodi’s photographs have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Der Spiegel. In 2004, he was awarded the first prize in the Fujifilm African Photojournalist of the Year competition excellent. His subjects are mostly the social, economic and ecological exploitation of man and nature in the Niger Delta. George Osodi sees himself as a realist and prefers to work with colour and is always with his camera.