Nlele Institut

Neec Nonso

a Nigerian visual artist who captures the everyday life and its nuances

He works predominantly, in digital format and travels extensively across Nigeria to capture the beauty and chaos in the society; challenging stereotypical narratives about Nigeria and Africa at large. An attempt at this made him co-found #northisnotnot, a collective of photographers and storytellers focused on challenging stereotypical stories about Northern Nigeria. 

In October 2018, he founded Aguleri stories – an online based media platform that focuses on telling the inside stories of Aguleri, an important Igbo community of eastern Nigeria, notorious for her boundary wars with her neighbours. 

In 2016, Nonso received the travel-next-door award for best travel picture for #mytravelpicng, nominations for best photo Nikon Nigeria’s ‘Beauty of Lagos’ and ‘ancient and contemporary architecture in Nigeria awards. In 2017, he was awarded Deutsche Welle 2nd runner-up prize for photography. Shortly after, he emerged 2nd runner-up in Nikon Nigeria’s ‘heart of Nigeria’ video documentary award.

In 2019, he emerged winner for best portfolio, Lagos photo festival, and awarded a one year residency programme with African artists’ foundation, Lagos.

Nonso is a member of 1884 collective, and he lives and works in Lagos.