Dafe Oboro (b. 1994) is an artist working predominantly in photography and film. 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 thesocial-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 is the 2022/2023 Nigeria winner of the Access Art X Prize and the 2020 recipient of the film prize in The Future Awards Africa. The artist was one of the 2020 nominees for Dazed and Confused magazine’s Dazed100 list of people shaping youth culture. Dafe’s film work has been screened at various venues in London (V&A Museum, 2021), Lagos (Art X Live, 2019), Milan (Fashion Film Festival Milano, 2019), and Eindhoven (Dutch Design Week, 2019). 
Furthermore, the artist’s work has been featured in several film festival selections including the Yale Africa Film Festival (2021), London Short Film Festival (2021), Africa in Motion Film Festival (2019), Cinewax Online African Film Festival (2019), and Fashion Film Festival Milano (2018).

Dafe has collaborated with various organizations within and outside Nigeria such as Art XLagos, Nike, WaterAid, Mowalola, Ottolinger, Vlisco&co, The Face magazine, WePresent, Dazed Magazine, i-D Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Zalando, Patta x Tommy Jeans, Patta x Mephisto, and Parkwood Entertainment/Beyoncé.

Dafe has drawn the attention of a number of creative agencies and organizations, including Adobe Create and The Art Momentum.

Dafe holds a BA in broadcast journalism from Nottingham Trent University. Dafe Oboro currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.

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