#YNaijaArt99: Peju Alatise, David Uzochukwu, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun| The 99 Most Influential Nigerians in Art


YNaija Art 99, 2020

Abraham Oghobase: Abraham is a Nigerian art photographer based in Toronto, Canada, who interrogates human existence and uncovers interior worlds through experimentation with the narrative and multisensory potential of images and objects, including archival materials. In 2019, Abraham featured in the ‘How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?’ Lagos Biennial group exhibition as well as many others. 

David Uzochukwu: David is an Austrian-Nigerian photographer. Although he was into self-portraiture while he was younger, he is now focused on creating reconfigured landscaped and raw visuals. His works have been exhibited on several international platforms. 

Logor Olumuyiwa: Olumuyiwa is a Nigerian photographer with an eye for the day to day life in Lagos. He approaches his art through narratives and documentary style of photography. In 2016, he was in London for his first solo exhibition. He has since then gone on to highlight his art on several international exhibitions and recently worked as one of the creatives behind Beyonce’s Black is King visual representation of her Lion King album ‘The Gift’. 

Niyi Okeowo: Niyi is a multidisciplinary creative who mostly focuses on art directing and photography. With over 8 years of experience, Niyi has successfully built a name for himself in the art sphere and has worked with numerous established brands and startups to develop experience, identity and visuals that are appealing and tell compelling stories. 

Kadara Enyeasi: Kadara is a fine art Nigerian photographer. He started photography while in Junior school and then began self-portraiture. He studied architecture in the University of Lagos and this greatly influenced his works and his view point on art. His works have been exhibited on international platforms.  

Daniel Obasi: Daniel Obasi is a Nigerian-born art director and stylist. Daniel is concerned with advancing art with African narratives. He has often described his style of work as Afro-futurism and has worked with a host of creatives in the Nigerian art sphere as well as notable international artists. 

Andrew Esiebo: Andrew uses everyday life activities to tell his stories. Exploring how personal narratives interact with wider social issues, Andrew’s photography speaks to Nigerian culture and heritage. The visual artist also explores themes like sexuality, gender politics and migration. In September 2019, Andrew organised a workshop that explored the rich cultural heritage in Benin City. 

Dandelion Eghosa: Dandelion is mostly involved in visual storytelling through photography. She fuses photography, film-making, and painting to address social issues.

Aisha Augie-Kuta: Award winning Aisha Auggie-Kuta is a Nigerian photographer and filmmaker. Most of her works are focused on fashion art and documentary which is influenced by her background in mass communication and photojournalism. Her projects also address socio-political issues. She is currently the special adviser to the minister of finance for digital communication strategy. 

YNaija Art 99, 2020

Emeka Okereke: He is a Lagos and Berlin-based Nigerian photographer with a Masters from France. He is the founder of Invisible Borders Trans- African project that aims at addressing issues posed by borders of African countries. His works fuse photography, poetry, and video. 

Uche James-Iroha: Uche is a Nigerian photographer with a degree in Sculpture from the University of Port-Harcourt. In his works of art, he collaborates documentation and imagery to address socio-political issues. He has also won several awards for his works. 

Etinosa Yvonne: Etinosa Yvonne is a documentary photographer and visual artist who taps into other art forms to tell stories. Etinosa aims at creating awareness and informing her audience with her self-expression. In 2020, Etinosa was celebrated as one of the six talents selected for the 2020 cycle of the World Press Photo 6×6 Africa Talent. 

Halima Abubakar-Idirisu: Halima is a conceptual photographer with a steep interest in preserving history and cultural heritage. Her work is themed around identity and the environment, fused with her personal experience. Halima uses a combination of colour, texture, pattern and symbols that creates uniqueness for her art. 

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