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Adetona Omokanye

Lagos, Nigeria and Toronto, Canada

Adetona Omokanye is a visual storyteller based between Lagos, Nigeria, and Toronto, Canada. Over the past 5 years, his approach to photography is shaped by observations of happenings in his immediate environment. As he presses on with his career, his work focuses on under-reported social issues, culture, politics, Contemporary African Fashion, health, and environmental issues. In 2018, he successfully carried out a documentary investigation in cooperation with a German journalist to expose occupational hazards in the lead-acid battery recycling industry in Lagos and Ogun state. In 2019, He is the first African, and Nigerian to receive the Creative Bursary Award on Disability stories with his project, “Beyond 4ft- 10inch” from Getty Images. He also participated in the “Foundry Photo Workshop” organized by VII Academy in Kigali. In 2020 his image “Moment in Time” was among the top five selected pictures to be featured in a publication on Photography Museum. He participated in the annual New York Portfolio Review in New York and also exhibited his work “Fayawo” at Bakanal De Afrique Festival in 2021. His work “Moment in Time’’ was part of the annual group exhibition organized by Palm studios in 2022. His Project Spiritually fashionable won the Lensculture Summer Open 2022. He is a member of Diversify Photo and African Photojournalism Database (APJD), a joint project by the World Press Photo Foundation and Everyday Africa. His work appears in various international journals and publications such as Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, Al Jazeera, Der Spiegel, Getty Images, Eater, ZDF, Amnesty International, GQ, and The Globe and Mail.

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