A Glance at Africa Through Nigeria's Largest Photo Festival

A Glance at Africa Through Nigeria's Largest Photo Festival

Photography isn't just an art form, it's also a way to empower people and change their perception.
November 07, 2014 by Globeprime

Thanks to Azu Nwagbogu and other members of the African Artists' Foundation, Nigera now has a platform for photographers with its first photo festival that's been running for already five years.

One of the event's main objectives is to empower Africans by the means of art forms, as well as help them overcome the wrong incline towards 'Afro-pessissism', which is driving many to portray Africa as a hopeless continent without any particular strength. This year's edition theme is original and ambitious, titled "Staging Reality: Documenting Fiction". Nwagbogu emphasizes that storytelling isn't necessary an false version of reality, since it can serve as a conveyor of truth:

We don't need to define ourselves as who we are not anymore, we can now define ourselves as who we want to be.

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Namsa Leuba (From Cocktail)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Namsa Leuba (From Cocktail)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Cristina de Middel (From This is What Hatred Did)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Cristina de Middel (From This is What Hatred Did)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Bayo Omoboriowo (From Red Gold)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Bayo Omoboriowo (From Red Gold)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Seun Akisanmi—SAS (From Nigerian Punishments)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Seun Akisanmi—SAS (From Nigerian Punishments)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Jenevieve Aken (From The Masked Woman)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Hassan Hajjaj (Y Bandana Vein in Green)

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival

Credit: Hassan Hajjaj (Just Do it in Blue)