Ebunoluwa Akinbo is a Nigerian Visual Artist / Documentary photographer. With her background in Sociology, she is interested in exploring societal narratives that borders around culture, identity and migration. Ebunoluwa believes that photography is not just about creating visually interesting images, it is about storytelling.
Ebunoluwa has carved out a reputation for herself since her introduction to photography in 2018. In the same year, she emerged the winner of the Fasola Photography annual competition. Ebunoluwa has worked on assignments with both international and local organizations in Nigeria. she was commissioned by the New York Times to document the #Thisis18 project in Lagos, Nigeria, 2018. Her work ‘The passing of time’ was exhibited at the Lagos Photo Festival in 2018. In 2019 she was nominated for the annual Canon Storytelling Master Class in west Africa. In the same year, she got a scholarship to attend the annual Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda. She exhibited alongside other photographers at the 25th Bamako Encounters - OFF exhibition under the Nlele Institute in 2019. In 2020, Ebunoluwa was nominated for the annual Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo. In the same year, she exhibited her work, ‘Rethinking Roots’ at the Lagos: Ownership and Identity conference, University of Lagos, Nigeria and Bayreuth University, Germany. In 2021, she exhibited her work ‘Ode to Heroines’ which was created off the Flaneuse workshop by Adeola Olagunju, with funding from the Heinrich Boll Foundation. She is a mentee at the Nlele Institute, a member of the African Photojournalism Database and a member of the 1884 collective.
Masterclass: Intrepid Voices and reflections from murky waters. The Nlele Institute in collaboration with World Press Photo and Market Photo Workshop.
Addis Foto Festival International Workshop led by: Lekgetho Makola, Nii Obodai, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Aida Muluneh and Geert Kesteren. (Virtual)
Web Design, Social Media Presence: Your Brand and Identity Fundamentals led by: Giorgio Baravalle VII Academy (virtual)
Flaneuse photography workshop led by: Adeola Olagunju and UcheOkpa-Iroha, Lagos, Nigeria.
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Kigali, Rwanda.
Canon storytelling masterclass, Lagos, Nigeria.
Nlele Institute Mentorship Program for emerging photographers, Lagos, Nigeria.
Canon basic DSLR workshop, Lagos, Nigeria.
GTBank Days of Dorcas photography workshop, Lagos, Nigeria.
Fashola Photographic Foundation workshop, Lagos, Nigeria.
B.Sc Sociology, University of Lagos
Independent Freelance documentary photographer 2018 till date
Freelance documentary photographer, Visual Momentum for Bazart and Platoon, Lagos,
Freelance documentary photographer, Osa Seven for La Liga Football, Lagos, Nigeria.
Freelance documentary photographer, JB Multimedia studio, Lagos, Nigeria. 2020
Photo Editor, Art X Fair, Lagos, Nigeria. 2019
Freelance documentary photographer, New York Times, #Thisis18 assignment, Lagos,
Nlele institute and Goethe institut, Live-in desire commissioned project, Nigeria. 2018
Rethinking Roots, Lagos: Ownership and Identities, Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria and University of Bayreuth, Germany.
The 12th edtion of the Bamako Encounters; Off – The Nlele institute.
Live-in Desires, The Nlele Institute and Goethe Institut, Lagos, Nigeria.
#Thisis18, Photoville, USA.
Behind the shine, kurating online exhibition, Nigeria.
The passing of time, Lagos photo festival, Lagos, Nigeria.
#Thisis18, New York, USA.
Nomination/Award and Achievement
2020 Joop Swart Masterclass nominee.
Winner of the 2018 Fashola Photographic Foundation competition.
Foundry photojournalism workshop, Kigali, Rwanda. 2019
VII Academy, web design and branding. 2020
Artist Talks/ Presentation/ Panel session
Panelist, Digital Creativity & Online Spaces; The Art and politics of covid-19: West Africa Conference, ArtoP online conference. July 2020.
Panelist, Amplifying Students Voices - Photographing Life In Times Of Pandemic, A
Documentary Project Curated and Hosted by Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz, VII
Academy. May 2020.
The Nlele Institute
African Photojournalism Database