Yagazie Emezi is a self-taught documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria. She began her journey in 2015 and has since been commissioned by Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Inc. Magazine, TIME, The Guardian, Refinery29, Everyday Projects, and UNFPA. She has also been featured by British Journal of Photography, Huffington Post, Nieman Reports, Mashable, Feature Shoot, and Buzzfeed. In 2017, she was a participant of the World Press Photo Masterclass West Africa and is a contributor to Everyday Africa. After ten months in Monrovia, Liberia documenting the impact of education for girls in at-risk communities, Yagazie returned to her ongoing project Re-learning Bodies.

Re-learning Bodies, now in its second year was started in Nigeria and explores how trauma survivors with African communities, outside the narrative of violence and abuse, adapt to their new bodies while marking the absence of an effusive culture around body positivity as a noteworthy cultural phenomenon. 

Yagazie is a recipient of the 2018 inaugural Creative Bursary Award from Getty Images and was a selected participant for the 2018 New York Portfolio Review.  She is a current mentee of the Native/Everyday Projects Mentorship Program. She is currently travelling for work and is mostly based in Lagos, Nigeria.


2018  Next Generation Leaders, Time Magazine

2018  Health Special: Out of Africa, Newsweek

2018  A Sense of Place, Huck Magazine

2017  The Ease of Monrovia’s ‘Hipco’ Clubs, New York Times

2017  Why We Need More Visual Journalists and Editors of Color, Nieman Reports

2017  30 Photographers Re-Picturing A Continent, Everyday Africa

2016  Photographer’s Guide to Lagos, Format Magazine


2018  Guest Lecture, Parsons School of Design. New York, USA

2017  Rethinking Creation in the Digital Age, FCAEA & Everyday Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

2016  Narratives Through Photography, Social Media Week Lagos

2015  Limitations to Exploring Photography Off the Streets, Rele Gallery. Lagos, Nigeria

2015  Connecting to the Consumer, What We Know and How to Utilize it, Mobile West Africa. Lagos, Nigeria


2018  Festival Pil’ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France

2017  Insider/Outsider, Women Photograph Photoville, NYC

2017  Body Talk, Refinery29 Photoville, NYC

2017  Re-picturing a Continent, Alliance Francais, Nairobi, Kenya

2016  LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, USA

2016  The Everyday Projects at FotoIstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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