Akintunde Akinleye: Each Passing Day

Akintunde Akinleye: Each Passing Day

Each Passing Day is a retrospective solo exhibition of a 15-year career by award-winning photojournalist, Akintunde Akinleye. The exhibition is organized by LagosPhoto Foundation and runs from April 19 to May 3 at the Red Door Gallery, Lagos. Each Passing Day consists of a careful selection from hundreds of thousands of single images from different documentary projects covering youth and women empowerment, education, street economics and the rapidly transforming landscape in Nigeria.

According to a press realease by LagosPhoto Foundation, “Central to Akintunde’s storytelling of the post military era in Nigeria, are the trials, tribulations and joys of ordinary Nigerians, as they aspire for a better quality of life. His photographs depict a truthful rendering of each passing day in the life of resilient Nigerians and show the political, social and physical landscape in which we exist.”

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Akintunde Akinleye, (b. 1971) has two Master’s degrees in Educational Technology and Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies. In 2012, Akintunde was nominated for Prix Pictet photography award for environmental sustainability for Delta, A Vanishing Wetland. He is also the first Nigerian photographer to win a prize at the prestigious World Press Photo awards, his iconic image of a man rinsing soot from his face at the scene of an oil pipeline explosion in Lagos was made the official signage of the 19th edition of the Visa Pour’ L’image International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France in 2007. Akintunde has exhibited extensively in Nigeria and abroad.

The exhibition is sponsored by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria with its joint venture partners.


Oliver Enwonwu is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Omenka magazine, Director, Omenka Gallery and Chief Executive, Revilo. He holds a first degree in Biochemistry, advanced diploma in Exploration Geophysics (distinction), Post Graduate Diplomas in Applied Geophysics and Visual Art (distinction) and a Masters in Art History, all from the University of Lagos. He is the founder, Executive Director, and trustee of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. He also sits on the board of several organizations including the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria and the Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria. Enwonwu is also president of both the Society of Nigerian Artists and the Alliance of Nigerian Art Galleries.

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