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J. D. ‘OKHAI OJEIKERE / NIGERIA J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, who died recently, was one of the most prominent artists in Nigeria. In particular his extensive photographing of what he called one-day sculptures – women’s hairdos or headgear – made him famous. Ojeikere began his photographic activities in the 1950s, and when Nigeria became independent in 1960, he became interested in filming the life and atmosphere of the young nation. “Just after independence, we were full of ideas and energy. We were going to conquer the world.” The hairstyles here express beauty, individuality and optimism in the then young, independent Nigeria. Ojeikere continued taking the photographs for over forty years and thus created an alternative, beautiful narrative of Nigeria’s development after independence. Top (left to right): Onile Gogoro Or Akaba, 1975 and Mrs. Albert, 2004 Bottom (left to right): Abebe, 1975 and Suku Sinero Kiko, 1974


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