is an internationally renowned photographer with over 10 years’ experience in
shooting multicultural weddings, documentaries and editorial campaigns.
Alakija’s assignments have taken him across Africa, Europe, the Middle East,
Asia and the U.S.
piquing the interest of international icons and A-list celebrities through his
captivating eye, Alakija’s recent clients include Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka;
hip hop artist and producer, J.Cole; acclaimed novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie; and Didier Drogba, former Chelsea F.C. soccer player.
and galleries around the world currently showcase Alakija’s work. Most
recently, the Smithsonian Institute shortlisted ‘Invisible Cities No. 1’ for
inclusion in the Smithsonian Institute Collection. His highly coveted ‘Normal
Lies’ piece, depicting two young children sneakily covering their eyes in a
slum in Lagos, Nigeria was purchased by international soccer legend, Sol
Campbell for an undisclosed fee.
Keen to share
his extensive expertise with the next generation, Alakija hosts photography
workshops around the world and runs various mentoring programs in West Africa
for underprivileged photography students.
about African modern art, Alakija is the co-owner of TAFETA, a private art
dealership specializing in 20th century and contemporary African art. Based in
London, the gallery regularly showcases at some of the word’s premier art
events including Art Basel, The Hamptons Art Fair and Frieze London Art Fair;
and represents renowned names like Yinka Shonibare, MBE on the African
the work of legendary photographers, Sebastião Salgado and Steve McCurry, known
for capturing stories in black and white and color respectably, as his biggest
He holds an
undergraduate and master’s degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London,
England. Alakija resides in Brooklyn,