10 female African photographers you should know

Like many other professions, photography has been a field commonly associated with men. But in recent times, African woman have proven beyond doubt to be change agents. Here is a list of 10 African Female Photographers you should know.

  • Busola Dakolo

She is a celebrity Photographer who loves to tell stories through her work, being that we constantly add to the stories of our lives each passing day. Busola Dakolo currently has a record of 65,000 photos taken and about 100 satisfied clients. Even her random shots look super amazing.

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  • TY Bello

Award winning photographer, known for NGO Link–a–child. That organizes annual photography exhibitions to raise funds for orphans. She came into light as a singer before her photography skills came to fore. she is behind the success story of bread seller turned model and business woman, Olajumoke Orisaguna. She lifts people up with her work and she inspires us.


  • Taiye Selasi

She is a novelist and photographer known popularly for her novel ‘’Ghana Must Go’’. In 2012 she partnered with architect David Adjaye to create the Gwangju River Reading Room, an open-air library erected in 2013 as part of the Gwangju Biennale’s Folly II, Selasi is the Executive Producer of Afripedia, a documentary series about urban African creatives.


  • Aisha Augie Kuta

Award winning filmmaker and photographer. She is one of the best photographers in northern Nigeria. She is famous for exploring gender and identity. Her experience as a mixed race and mixed tribe woman is a dynamic source of inspiration. She is also currently the Senior Special Assistant on New Media in Kebbi State.

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  • Ifeoma Onyefulu

She is an author, journalist and professional photographer. She writes children’s books and uses her photographs to display the colorful life of Africa. She features her photographs in her books. She is the author of A is for Africa.


  • Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

She is a travel photographer who channeled her love for geography into photography. Her pictures reflect all sides of the destinations she travels to. Her works have been featured in over 60 international publications, including National Geographic, Huffington Post and BBC to name a few.


  • Angèle Etoundi Essamba

She is a humanist photographer known for her photography work in black and white that often focuses on the African female as a subject matter. She has over 200 exhibitions around the world and over 50 publications in journals and magazines.

Essemba has a great interest in capturing images of black women and the way she represents them presents a challenge against Eurocentric expectations of how African women should be represented.

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  • Fati Abubakar

This photographer is a fearless woman from Borno State. She watched as Boko Haram tore her state apart by their acts of terror and snatched away its greatness. Fati Abubakar took upon herself the responsibility of spreading stories beyond the savagery, from the angle of the survivors, through her pictures. Her photography showed the world that it wasn’t completely a story of sorrow and sadness, but of strength too. Specializing in rural and social development, she showed that every story, whether a happy or sad one, always has two sides.

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  • Renée Cox

She is a Jamaican-American artist, photographer, lecturer, political activist and curator. Her work is considered part of the feminist art movement in the United States. She is a specialist in film and digital portraiture and she uses her skill to capture identities and beauty within her subjects and herself.

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  • Neo Ntsoma 

With over 15 awards, Neo Ntsoma is known for being the first woman recipient of the Mohamed Amin Award, the CNN African Journalist of the Year Prize Photography (SA). She specializes in photojournalism. Neo was inspired to go into photography during the apartheid era. She saw how South Africa was being portrayed negatively and the lack of participation of women in the media industry.


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