His pictures most definitely speak loud and clear and at his Anthony Village in Lagos, we at Great African Venture (GAV) got a first hand experience of what drives this renowned artist, Kelechi Amadi –Obi.
A dexterous painter and photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi studied to become a professional Lawyer, however things took a turn when his passion for the Arts lead him to pursue a career in Photography and Painting.
He boasts of a vast portfolio in Fashion, Corporate Adverts, Achitecture, Places, People and Painting photography and has worked closely with major fashion houses and the media in Nigeria as well as notable celebrities including Oluchi Orlandi, Ojy Okpe, Jay jay Okocha, Richard Mofe-Damijo, P Square, Omotola. Jalade EkeindeTuface Idibia, Genevieve Nnaji, Asa, DBanj, Uche Jumbo and Nike Oshinowo-Soleye.
His unique style, mastery, aesthetics and creative lighting in his paintings have been reinvented in his photography has resulted in dynamic oriented works of arts for his clients.
Kelechi Amadi –Obi has received numerous awards and accolades including the 2004 St.Moritz Style Award for Photography. Also, some of his works have been featured in exhibitions within and outside Nigeria, including 2006 “Snap Judgement” – New Position in Contemporary African Photography, International Centre of Photography, New York, USA, 2005 “Depth of Field” South London Gallery, UK, 2004 “Lagos” Ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany, 2003 “Transferts” Africalia, Brussels, Belgium. In August 2012, his work ‘Whispers From The Sahara’ was exhibited and auctioned at the prestigious Didi Museum in Lagos.
Uche James Iroha
Uche James-Iroha was born in 1972. He studied Sculpture at the University of Port Harcourt, graduating in 1995. A year later, he became interested in photography and has since exhibited extensively in Nigeria and around the world. The Prince Claus Fund, a Netherlands-based organization that promotes inter-cultural exchange, has described James-Iroha as the “Leading light of a new generation of Nigerian photographers.”
In his diverse work, he fuses the creative language of imagery with the documentation of everyday reality while addressing wide-ranging issues from economic imperialism to the brutal relationships, which exist between races, social class and gender. He is also the director of Photo Garage, which offers an indigenous platform for domestic and global intellectual photography exchanges. He is also the director of Depth of Field (DOF), a photography collective based in Lagos. James-Iroha has been honored with the Elan Prize at the African Photography Encounters in Mali, 2005 for his work Fire, Flesh, and Blood, as well as the Prince Claus Award, 2008 for his work in supporting young artists and promoting photography as an art form in Nigeria.
Adolphus Opara’s work is induced by encounters with people and their daily effort to exist amidst obstacles that define and situate their individual locality. He uses visual story telling with the aid of pictures and audio recordings to better understand as well as to show his connection to the issues that confronts him daily.
Opara’s works has been exhibited severally both locally and Internationally, notably amongst which are; AAF/Nigerian Breweries exhibition in Lagos, Abuja and Amsterdam. First Photo Africa exhibition, Spain. TIMELESS BENIN, Lagos. THIS IS LAGOS at Coningsby Gallery, London. LAGOSPHOTO, Lagos. African Lace at the Museum fur Vulkerkunde, Vienna, Austria. National Museum, Lagos. Bonhams, London. Tate Modern, London. Bamako Encounters, Bamako Mali. Tiwani Contemporary, London. The Guardian gallery, London. Brundyn and Gonsalves, Cape town, South Africa. Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos. PHOTO QUAI Biennale, Paris France. Vorarlberg Museum, Bregenz Austria. Obscura Festival, Malaysia.
He is the winner of World Environment Day photography competition 2007, Life in my City Art competition 2009, First Photo Africa contest, Spain 2008, Piclet Award for Photography 2012. He is a two-time nominee of World Press Photo Joop Swart Master class in documentary Photography, was nominated for the National Geographic All Roads Master class, a two-time nominee of the Prix Pictet Prize and also a two-time nominee of the Magnum EMERGENCY FUND.
Adolphus has worked for several local and international media, NGO’s and corporate organizations. His works have also be published in; The new African Magazine, Bloomberg TV, Financial Times (FT), Guardian London, PRIVATE magazine, LAGOS City at Work, TIMEOUT Nigeria, World Press Photo ENTER, WINGS, Klang Sehen, African United (published by the World Press Photo), New African Magazine, HIGHLIFE (British airways inflight magazine), John Hopkins University Journal, The New York Times and The ECONIMIST amongst other
Opara has facilitated photography workshops for UNICEF on Child right reporting and he is also the co-initiator of The Silent Majority Project.
Based in Lagos, George Osodi is a freelance photographer and member of Panos Pictures.
He was a photojournalist for the Comet Newspaper in 1999, before working with the Associated Press in Lagos between 2001 and 2008.
George has covered many assignments for both local and international Organisations, and his photographs have been published in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian, The Telegraph, USA Today, The International Herald Tribune, CNN, BBC Focus on Africa and many more.
George has won a number of major international awards, including the Fuji Africa Photojournalist of the Year award in 2004 (Features). His work was exhibited at documenta 12 in Germany in 2007, and his photo book Delta Nigeria: The Rape of Paradise was published by Trolley Books in 2008.
Gbile Oshadipe, an abbreviated photographics background
Gbile Oshadipe, historian and journalist with a B.A., M. A. and a Master of Philosophy degree; practices as a writer, critic and a photographer.
In 1991, under the United States Young Leaders Project of the International Visitor Program, he attended the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States for a photographic internship sponsored by the United States Information Agency, USIA and the Phelps Stokes Fund of New York.
He equally attended an artist-in-residence program at the Heron School of Art at Indiana University, Indianapolis Campus, Indiana, US with specifics in Photographics Workshop and Photographic Symbolism. This was also followed up at the Minneapolis-St.Paul Museum, Minneapolis, US.
He also attended academic sessions and workshops with an artist-in-residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Smithsonian.
In 2001, with Giacomo Pirrozi was a participant/instructor of the first-ever UNICEF Training of Photojournalists in Nigeria, and subsequently have facilitated the training of photojournalists and pioneer security operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. He is a Master Class Trainer, certified by the World Press Photo Institute in The Netherlands and the Poynter in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States.
TAM FIOFORI has been in professional photography since the early seventies; having studied photography as part of his training as a filmmaker in the United States of America and Sweden. A member of the pioneering generation of independent indigenous filmmakers, he established his film company SUN ARTS: BEP in 1974 specialising in the genre of Documentary films. As a photographer he has also specialised in the genre of Documentary photography with special interest in Culture, Sports, Current Affairs and the Environment. He has been an advocate of full-frame available-light photography working mostly in the 35mm format with celluloid black & white, colour transparency and colour negative film stock. He now occasionally works in digital photography. Some of the major events he has covered include FESTAC 77, ECOWAS Games 77 Lagos; Africa Football Cup of Nations 78 Ghana; Africa Football Cup of Nations 80 Nigeria; All-Africa Games 78 Algeria; African University Games 78 Kenya; All-Africa Table Tennis Championships Republic of Benin; All-Africa Handball Championships Angola; Coronation of Oba Erediauwa of Benin Kingdom 79; Presidential Campaigns 79; Argungu Fishing Festival and 1st World Athletics Championships 83 Helsinki, Finland. His photographs have been extensively published world-wide and, he has also participated in numerous solo and group photography exhibitions world-wide. As Nigeria’s pioneer and foremost photojournalist he has published [with his text and photographs] Nigeria and the All-Africa Games 2003; A Benin Coronation: Oba Erediauwa 2011 and a forthcoming Frames of Photography in Nigeria. He directed and co-produced the Documentary film J. D. Okhai Ojeikere: Master Photographer 2013 and is the owner of the Sun Arts Niger Delta Photography Bank.
Nkem, Godwin Anaebonam
Nkem, Godwin Anaebonam, Nigerian photographer, based in Lagos state. Godwin is the CEO of GK DIGITall CONCEPTS, Director GO-KENZ CONCEPTS LTD, partner, IGU GLOBAL CONCEPTS. Studied Business Administration at the University of Lagos. And in 2002 studied photography in Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, and afterwards, took up a profession as a photographer, alongside studying of Photo journalism in the Nigerian Institute of Journalism PCPJ 1 proficiency course. He began a great documentation of Lagos City in 2005 and extensively has documented Nigeria. Many of his best photographs were collected in some of the exhibitions, such as: The vibrations of the mind through the camera view, The Crux amongst others. For nearly 15 years, Godwin has worked as a documentary photographer, operates a successful photography studio in Lagos, and has remarkably pushed for better life for Children, which has led to the annual Ibile dance competition.
Adeboye OLA, Photographer and master trainer, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dramatic Arts and a Master of Science degree in Mass Communication. He also holds a British Education Examinations Council’s (BEEC) Professional Diploma in Public Relations and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He started his journalism career at the Vanguard Media Ltd in 1988 as a Reporter/photojournalist and later worked at the defunct Sunday Concord as a writer/ photojournalist for six years between 1989 and 1994
He had professional trainings at the World Press Photo Institute in Amsterdam as a trainer of trainer and curriculum developer in Photojournalism in 2005. He was at the Poynter Media Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida in the United States (2006) for a specialist workshop on Effective Visual Reporting of the Community
Boye has conducted Photography and Photojournalism training programmes for the media and multinational companies among which are: Punch Newspapers, Chevron, Total,etc. He was a visiting photojournalism lecturer at the Redeemers University between 2007 and 2009. He is working on his Ph.D at the LASU School of Communication.
He is a member, AFRICAN COUNCIL FOR COMMUNICATION EDUCATION and has since 2006 been a MEMBER OF JURY, WOLE SOYINKA INVESTIGATIVE AWARD (WSIRA).
Yetunde Ayeni-Babeko was born in Enugu in Eastern Nigeria to a Nigerian father and German mother. Her life has seen her through different stages of living in her maternal and paternal homelands. She moved to Germany as a schoolgirl and embarked on a photography apprenticeship majoring in advertising photography at “Studio Be” in Greven, Germany. In 2003 she returned to Nigeria and joined Ess-Ay Studio program in her paternal homeland. Subsequently she enrolled at Macromedia School for art and design in Osnabrueck, Germany. In 2005 she returned to Nigeria as a freelance photographer and in 2007 she opened her own studio in Nigeria. She has worked closely with the Goethe Institute in Lagos and facilitated numerous photography workshops in partnership with them.
Her exhibitions are beautiful and highly aesthetic works that convey stories, symbols and sometimes, movement. She incredibly skilled at creating pieces that heighten the beauty of her subject matter, or perhaps highlight the beauty of her subject matter.
Hakeem Salaam is an international Multi-Award winning Fashion/Beauty and Editorial photographer with a strong bias for Art photography.
Magnus - Maximus Maduekwe
Magnus is an attorney-at-law of over two decades of vast expertise in corporate commercial law practice and business advisory as well as a consummate law teacher.
He is cognitively experienced and skilful in debt recovery and has handled several matters for and against financial institutions and provides thorough legal advice on complex corporate & commercial law transactions, company formation and management, corporate restructuring, legal due diligence, Leases, property law and regulatory compliance matters, employment law and documentation. He renders company secretarial services to various corporate clients, alternative for dispute resolution, banking and finance, energy, labour and employment law.
He is responsible for advising companies on mergers and acquisition, public offers and right issues, investment laws, corporate governance and administration, asset management, labour laws, contracts and compensation, intellectual property protection, licensing and regulation, restructuring, debt recovery, employee engagement, and insolvency laws.
He is a quintessential litigator with a unique ability to view issues from multiple angles and decide on a position that is most commercially advantageous to the client. He is extremely clear with his advice and will bend over backwards to protect his clients and see them as nothing but family.
He also has experience litigating a wide range of technologies, including digital camera technology, internet communications, software, digital video recording/decoding, and electrical vehicle technologies practice and his practice also focuses on high-stakes complex commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement, trade secrets, and trademarks.
Magnus is a seasoned counsel in contract negotiation, real estate contracts, other documentations, perfection of titles and legal drafting. He also represents companies/individuals in corporate commercial and real estate transactions, structured finance and other commercial litigation, and has included cases involving collateralized debt obligations, residential mortgage backed securities, credit default swaps, over-the-counter trading markets, and project finance.
He’s a detailed solicitor and is the company secretary to a number of limited liability product and service companies. A thorough professional, who is passionate about achieving set goals and objectives efficiently.
As a highly skilled and zealous, target driven and goal oriented lawyer. Magnus believes results matter.
– Bachelors of Law ( LL.B.(Hons) University of Lagos – 1992
– Barrister-at-Laws ( B.L.( Hons) Nigeria Law School – 1993
– Masters-of-Law ( LL.M) Comparative Law to Secured Credit Transactions and Law of the Sea – University of Lagos – 1997