Argungu Fishing Festival – Kebi State, Nigeria
by Olagunju Adeniyi Tokunbo
Olagunju Adeniyi is a Nigerian-born British artist who has won numerous awards for his art and photography. Before pursuing a career in art, he served briefly in the British army. He holds a BA in fine art from Oxford University and is currently pursuing an MFA from Texas Christian University.
Beauty in Ashes
by Ebiware Okiy
Ebiware Okiy is a graduate of B.Sc. Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University, O.A.U. Ife. He ventured into photography immediately after his first degree under the tutelage of one of Nigeria’s prominent photographers, Don Barber in Lagos. Nigeria. After a comprehensive course in the art of nature and studio photography in 2006, he ventured into documentary photography which has been a personal passion and assignment for him.
He has held several exhibitions–most notable are:
“A Day in Time” (2009) in Benin
The 10th Biennial of African Contemporary Arts in Dakar, Senegal (2010)
The 3rd International Art Expo in Lagos, Nigeria (2010)
Tee Niger Delta Fototales in Port Harcourt, Nigeria (2010)
Reconstruction in Reverse in Lagos, Nigeria (2010)
and “Colture in Motion” held in Benin (2010)
Man Or Woman?: A Photo Exploration of [Female] Facial Hair
by Yvonne Badu-Nimako (Assistance from Katrinna Simbaku and Akashia Smith)
Hello, I’m Yvonne. I’m a college-aged cis-female* who has a love for photography, and I have hirsutism. In basic terms, I grow thick hair where normally only males grow such hair, which includes my face. For a long time, it’s been a source of insecurity for me; I never felt truly “feminine” because of it, often comparing myself more to a “male” look. Looking upon that, I came up with this project. I did this to explore what the widely-accepted gender ideals are and how I might fit in them, mostly, so I can accept that I don’t fit completely in either, and that it’s okay.
*Cis-female is the term for a person born with a woman’s body and who has a female gender identity. “Cis” refers to the alignment of a person’s sex and his or her gender identity; “cis” is the opposite of transgender, where a person is born as one sex but identifies as the other.