J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (b. 1930) documented significant moments in Nigerian history with great passion and discernment. Throughout his career, he has focused on the social, political and cultural transformations occurring during Nigeria’s transition from a colonial state to an independent republic. His formal investigations, documentary work and various commercial endeavors captured the unique atmosphere and élan of Nigeria during a period of great euphoria and ambivalence.
In 1975, Ojeikere founded his own photography studio, Foto Ojeikere and a year later the artist had his first solo exhibition at the Nigerian Arts Council in Marina, Lagos. The artist was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture in 1977 to document one of the largest cultural events on the continent to date—FESTAC ’77, which featured more that 17,000 participants from over fifty countries.
Practicing since the early 1950’s, Ojeikere is a leading artist of his generation who is devoted to the art of image making, the history of his country and the critical possibilities of the photographic medium.