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Eight Nigerian Photographers to Watch Out For This Year

The country’s photographers reflect on the chaos of 2020 and reveal the stories they want to share over the next 12 months

With the global outbreak of Covid-19, it’s no news that 2020 was a terrible year. The world has seen a lot of social and political shifts over the last 12 months, and Nigeria was no exception; from an unexpected halt within the country’s creative scene – especially the transforming of Lagos most entertaining events like ArtX Lagos, Ake festival and most fashion weeks into virtual affairs – to the greatest political uprising in its recent history.

The End Sars protests, which started on October 8, began after thousands of young Nigerians, who had endured several years of tyranny from the government’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit, mustered up the courage to fight back. The protests lasted three weeks but were tragically cut short, ending with a devastating massacre at the Lekki toll gate which saw at least 12 peaceful demonstrators killed. 

Nigerian documentary and lifestyle photographers were both at the protests, and have described them as revolutionary. There are hopes that they could happen again but in a much more peaceful way, with no massacres or police violence – just young people trying to fight for a better country.

At the beginning of 2021, AnOther sat with eight Nigerian photographers to discuss what they want their year to be like, and what stories they wish to tell in the wake of the protests.