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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

Born in 1930, Ovbiomu, Nigeria
Died in 2014, Lagos, Nigeria, where he lived and worked



J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere was raised in a small village in rural southwestern Nigeria.  In 1950, he bought a modest Brownie D camera, and a neighbour taught him the rudiments of photography. In 1951 he began to seek work from the Ministry of Information in Ibadan, repeatedly sending the same letter: “I would be very grateful if you would use me for any kind of work in your photographic department.” His persistence paid off in 1954, when he was offered a position as a darkroom assistant.  Just as Nigeria was shedding colonial rule in 1961, he became a still photographer for Television House Ibadan, a division of the Western Nigerian Broadcasting Services, the first television station in Africa.  Jazz musician Steve Rhodes was director of programming and Ojeikere has recalled, the spirit of the time:  “Just after independence, we were full of ideas and energy.  We were going to conquer the world.”  
In 1963 he moved to Lagos to work for West Africa Publicity. In 1967 he joined the Nigerian Arts Council, and during their festival of the following year he began to take series of photographs dedicated to Nigerian culture. This body of work, now consisting of thousands of images, has become a unique anthropological, ethnographic, and documentary national treasure. Most African photographers of his generation only worked on commission; this project, unique of its kind, flourished without any commercial support.

The Hairstyle series, which consists of close to a thousand photographs, is the largest and the most thorough segment of Ojeikere’s archive. “To watch a ‘hair artist’ going through his precise gestures, like an artist making a sculpture, is fascinating. Hairstyle are an art form,” Ojeikere has commented.  He photographs hairstyles every day in the street, in offices, at parties.  He records each subject systematically: from the rear, sometimes in profile, and occasionally head on. Those from the rear are almost abstract and best reveal the sculptural aspect of the hairstyles.
For Ojeikere, this is a never-ending project as hairstyles evolve with fashion: “All these hairstyles are ephemeral. I want my photographs to be noteworthy traces of them. I always wanted to record moments of beauty, moments of knowledge. Art is life. Without art, life would be frozen.”

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Les Initiés, un choix d'oeuvres (1989-2009) de la collection d'art contemporain africain de J. Pigozzi

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

Malick Sidibé,

Les Initiés, un choix d'oeuvres (1989-2009) de la collection d'art contemporain africain de J. Pigozzi

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Author : Suzanne Pagé, André Magnin, Angeline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande
Editor : Fondation Louis Vuitton, Dilecta
2017
J.D'OKHAI OJEIKERE Photographies

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

J.D'OKHAI OJEIKERE Photographies

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Author : André Magnin
Editor : Edité par André Magnin Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain / Actes Sud, Paris
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Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Un été africain à Paris

Le Figaro Scope

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By Valérie Duponchelle, Sophie De Santis, Margaux d'Adhémar

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10.07.2017
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Exposition J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere : photographe culte de la coiffure nigériane

FAB

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By Daphné Segretain

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03.07.2017
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Seydou Keïta,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


L'Afrique loin des clichés exotiques à la Fondation Louis Vuitton

Geopolis Afrique

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By Laurent Filippi

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29.06.2017
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Chéri Samba,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Jean Pigozzi : "Quand les gens auront vu la puissance de l'art africain..."

Le Point Afrique

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By Pascal Jouary

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23.06.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Les 15 meilleurs catalogues d'expositions de Paris

Evous

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By André Balbo

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05.06.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Les Initiés vous attendent à la Fondation Vuitton

Syma News

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By Florence Yeremian

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26.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Fondation Louis Vuitton Presents the Best African Contemporary Art

Crave

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By Miss Rozen

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25.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Exposition Art Afrique. Le nouvel atelier, à la Fondation Vuitton

Evous

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By André Balbo

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20.05.2017
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Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Moke,

Rigobert Nimi Mayuba,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


L'Afrique en grand dans une triple exposition à la Fondation Louis Vuitton

Culturebox

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By Valérie Oddos

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19.05.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


L'incontournable collection Pigozzi, Portfolio

Le Monde Hors-série. Le printemps africain. Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier à la Fondation LV

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By Suzanne Pagé

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01.05.2017
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Five Artworks to See at Fondation Louis Vuitton's Art/Africa

Another Magazine

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By Hannah Tindle

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28.04.2017
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Calixte Dakpogan,

Seydou Keïta,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Focus sur la vibrante scène sud-africaine à la Fondation Vuitton

Le Parisien
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26.04.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


L'Oeil de Jean Pigozzi

L'Express

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By Julie Boukobza

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05.04.2017
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Chéri Samba,

Seydou Keïta,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Jean Pigozzi, millionnaire, mécène et photographe de la jet-set

Madame Figaro

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By Richard Gianorio

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26.03.2017
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Omar Victor Diop,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Cergy : Afrique plurielle #2 - Mode et création numérique du 16 au 26 février à Visages du Monde

VONews 95
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06.02.2017
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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

George Lilanga,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Avril 2017. Exposition Art Afrique. Le nouvel atelier

Evous

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By André Balbo

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03.01.2017
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


J.D.'Okhai Ojeikere

Patek Philippe
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01.12.2016
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Omar Victor Diop,

Seydou Keïta,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Emilie Regnier,

Malick Sidibé


Arts plastiques : l'Afrique en guest star à Paris Photo

Jeune Afrique

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By Nicolas Michel

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10.11.2016
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Artists bend rules of contemporary African art

CNN

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By Katy Scott

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06.11.2016
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Musée d'Art Moderne : nouveaux accrochages dans les collections permanentes

Arkult

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By Thaïs Bihour

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09.03.2016
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Le MAM expose ses nouvelles acquisitions photo

Exponaute

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By Agathe Lautréamont

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11.02.2016
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Mode africaine : le cheveu en bataille

Jeune Afrique

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By Leïla Slimani

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21.01.2016
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Pierre Bodo,

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Jean Depara,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

George Lilanga,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

JP Mika,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Arts : les 100 Africains les mieux cotés

Jeune Afrique
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11.01.2016
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Omar Victor Diop,

Seydou Keïta,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Les designers africains électrisent Bilbao

Le Monde Afrique

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By Véronique Lorelle

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23.11.2015
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Joël Andrianomearisoa,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Photographie : Bamako, le temps retrouvé

Le Point Afrique

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By Valérie Marin la Meslée

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13.11.2015
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Jean Depara,

Seydou Keïta,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Paris Photo 2015 : du grand classique

Culture Box

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By Valérie Oddos

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12.11.2015
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Photographie - J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere : architecture, sculpture et coiffure au Nigeria

Jeune Afrique

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By Nicolas Michel

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05.11.2015
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Documenting Mastery Of Photographer, Ojeikere

The Guardian

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By Tajudeen Sowole

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01.11.2015
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J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Appreciating Okhaï Ojeikere's Photography

Review of the book about Ojeikere by Bisi Silva

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By Tam Fiofori

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01.11.2015
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Omar Victor Diop,

Héctor Mediavilla,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé,

Billie Zangewa


Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design

Zebule Magazine

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 By Guillemette Fougeras   

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29.10.2015
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Omar Victor Diop,

Héctor Mediavilla,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé,

Billie Zangewa


Making Africa - Un continente de diseño contemporáneo

Artesycosas
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28.10.2015
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