Yagazie Emezi is an artist and self-taught documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria focused on stories surrounding African women and their health, sexuality, education and human rights.  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, The Weather Channel and New York Times Magazine.  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 which explores how trauma survivors, 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.  A participant for the 2018 New York Portfolio Review, she has also been featured by British Journal of Photography, Huffington Post, Nieman Reports, Paper Magazine, Vogue, ABC News, and The Washington Post.  In November of 2018, she received a grant from the U.S Consulate General in Lagos for her photo-series addressing the reality of sexual violence against women and the vulnerable young in Nigeria. Yagazie is mostly based in Lagos, Nigeria and is available for assignments.


2019  The New Daughters of Africa, New Internationalist 

2018  Exodus: The Climate Migration Crises. Forced Out, The Weather Channel

2018  Taking the Pulse of Nigerian Style, The New York Times 

2018  The Voyages Issue, The New York Times Magazine

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 Fast Forward: Women in Photography. Lagos Photo Festival. Lagos, Nigeria

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  Present and Forgotten, Vlisco&Co, Art Twenty One, 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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