Ijiomah became interested in photography in 2005, and since then, has been documenting Nigeria’s social life, landscape, culture and religion.
A self-trained documentary photographer, graphic artist, and database administrator, Ijiomah became interested in photography in 2005, and since then, has been documenting Nigeria’s social life, landscape, culture and religion. He is the managing director of Skywaters Global Resources Limited, a digital photography and graphic design firm in Lagos, Nigeria.
As an artist, I am more concerned about the message of my photographs than their beauty. I want my visual stories to change the world positively.
The photographs in this exhibition are part of the series, Celebrate Culture the African Way that showcases memorable cultural groups in performance. The featured groups performed in Nigeria’s biggest cultural festival, the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
This annual festival of cultures celebrates the traditional and living arts of the country’s 260 ethnic groups, it highlights the role of cultural aesthetics in defining identity, and it showcases a country’s careful strides towards greater unity and economic prosperity. Since its inception, NAFEST has invigorated the country’s 36 State Councils for Arts and Culture, including the Federal Capital Territory. Each year, the number of performing groups has grown; and the groups sponsored by the Art Councils, relevant Non–Governmental Organization (NGOs), and schools, compete fiercely in a truly national cultural extravaganza.
Nnamdi Ijiomah was recently selected to participate in an upcoming Fine Art Photography Show in Houston in 2009. His photograph was also selected by Photography Laureates for their Best of 2008 Photography.