Nlele Institut

Ebunoluwa Akinbo

a Nigerian documentary photographer with interest in exploring societal and cultural issues as well as questions of identity

She believes that photography is not just about creating visually interesting images, it is about storytelling. She embarked on a photography career after attaining a sociology degree in 2018. Akinbo has since carved out a reputation for herself since her introduction to photography in 2018.

She was the winner of the Fashola Photography Competition in 2018. In the same year, she was commissioned by the New York Times to document the #Thisis18 project in Lagos, Nigeria and her work ‘The passing of time’ was exhibited at the Lagos Photo Festival in the same year. In 2019 she was nominated for the annual Canon Storytelling Master Class (Nigeria). In the same year, she got a scholarship to attend the annual Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda.

Akinbo exhibited alongside other photographers at the 25th Bamako Encounters – OFF exhibition under the Nlele Institute in 2019. In 2020, she was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo. Akinbo is a mentee at the Nlele Institute, a member of the African Photojournalism Database and a member of the 1884 collective.