Age:  34
Location: London
Length of work: 6 years
Recent exhibitions etc.: Nigerians Behind the Lens, Tafeta + Partners at Bonhams, London. 2011.

Jide Alakija is a Nigerian photographer specialising in Wedding photography. Initially undertaking a PhD in Biomechanics, he decided to follow his love for capturing moments and has gone on to become one of the most highly respected and demanded wedding photographers, both in Nigeria and in the UK.

His work has been displayed in cities around the world and he has taken commissions for firms, such as Afren and Unilever UK. The photographer has also been featured in magazines (online and print) including The Africa Report Magazine, Farafina Magazine and Lagos Live.

Although Jide Alakija has worked extensively in a diverse range of commercial appointments, his personal focus is photojournalism.  As a matter of fact, he was an inspiration for me and one of the reasons why I decided to pursue my own interests in photography. He was photographing a masked party I attended a few years ago and I just marvelled at how he danced around everyone with his camera, so freely. He took a portrait of me and after seeing it online the following night and having a look at his street photography, I was completely enthralled.

Jide Alakija runs a photography practice – Alakija & Co. Photography – and if you’re lucky, he might just be able to dance around you and your loved one at your wedding!

Here are some of his stunning images.


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