Dafe Oboro (b. 1994) is an artist and art enterprenuer working predominantly in photography, film and sound. Dafe has taken on the roles of casting director, producer, director, and photographer, embracing a multifaceted approach to storytelling. Drawing motifs from fashion and popular culture, Dafe uses evocative sound and imagery to contemplate questions of masculinity, movement across time and space, and the social-political state of contemporary Nigeria, and greater Africa. Dafe aims to destabilize the often reductive understandings of Africa in mainstream popular media, and open up room for a more nuanced engagement with the realities of the artist’s cultural context.

Dafe Oboro is the founder of dafe, a full service creative company that has played a strong hand in bringing visions to life for the likes of Beyoncé, Ayra Starr, Asake, Davido, and brands/clients like Patta NL, Vlisco, Zalando, WaterAid, Native Networks, MOWALOLA.

The artist lives and works between Lagos, Nigeria, London, UK and Accra, Ghana.

selected press

The Walt Disney Company
Art X Lagos
Adobe Create
Culture Diaries
African Business

selected clients & publications

Beyonce/Parkwood Entertainment, Zalando, Patta x Tommy Jeans, Miu Miu x Garage Magazine, Vlisco, MOWALOLA, Nike, WaterAid, Wepresent, Dazed Magazine, i-D Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Ottolinger, Maxivive, The FaceMagazine, Native Sound System - Lojay, Ayra Starr, Patta x Mephisto, Rolling Stone - Asake, Native Magazine - Davido, Abiola Olusola.

awards & honours

2023: Art X Prize, Winner.

2022: Outstanding Alumni Award, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

2020: The Future Awards Africa, Winner.

2020: Dazed100, Nominee.

2021: Recording Academy, Grammy Awards - Best Music Film Nominee, Black Is King/Beyoncé.

2016: Amnesty International Student Awards, UK - 1st Runner Up.

2016: Nottingham Micro Film Festival, UK - Best Student Documentary.

2016: Nottingham Trent University, UK - Best Student Documentary.

2018: Fashion Film Festival Milano - Best New Fashion Film Nominee, Kilon Shele Gan Gan.
education & recidencies

July-Sept 2023: Gasworks London, UK

2013-2016: BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

2012-2013: Foundation Degree, Business Pathway, Gloucestershire College, UK

screenings, exhibitions & festivals

October Gallery, Emergent Energies. May 30, 2024 - June 29, 2024.

Who Is In The Garden - Thursday’s Child x Photo Book Cafe: You Is For Unity. March 14 - 17, 2024

Pour Me Water, Pure Water - Royal Museums Greenwich, Our Connection To Water. March 31, 2023 - Februray 2024.

A Beautiful Struggle - V&A Museum, Friday Late: African Fashions on Film. January 29, 2021.

A Beautiful Struggle - Yale African Film Festival, 2021.

A Beautiful Struggle - London Short Film Festival, Official Selection 2021.

A Beautiful Struggle - Patterns Collective x Plug In ICA virtual screening, September 13, 2020.

A Beautiful Struggle - Africa in Motion Film Festival, UK. 25 October - 3 November, 2019.

Kilon Shele Gan Gan - Africa in Motion Film Festival, UK. 25 October - 3 November, 2019.

You Can Hear The City - Art X Live, Lagos, Nigeria. 2 November, 2019.

A Beautiful Struggle - Cinewax Online African Film Festival, 15 November – 15 December, 2019.

Miu Miu Babes - Fashion Film Festival Milano, 8-11 November, 2019.

A Beautiful Struggle - Terra Kulture, Lagos, Nigeria. 18 July, 2019.

A Beautiful Struggle - hFACTOR, Lagos, Nigeria. 18th August - 1st September, 2019.

A Beautiful Struggle - Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven. 19-27 October, 2019.

Kilon Shele Gan Gan - Fashion Films Festival Milano, 2018.
Emergent Energies
October Gallery, London
May 30 - June 29, 2024

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© 2024 Dafe Oboro
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