Hairstyles by J.D. Okhai Ojeikere

Born 1930, Ojomu Emai (Near Lagos), Nigeria

J.D. Ojeikere grew up in rural Nigeria. Having an early interest in photography, he purchased a Brownie D camera and after learning the basics began to seek work with the Ministry of Information in Ibadan. In 1954 he was offered the position of darkroom assistant, and in 1961 became a photographer for Television House Ibadan, the first television station in Africa. After a stint at West Africa Publicity, Ojeikere joined the Nigerian Arts Council, where he produced some of his most important works.

These photographs are dedicated to Nigerian culture, and are unique in that they were not commissioned, and produced without any commercial support. The thousands of resulting images have become an important anthropological and ethnographic documentary source. Of these works, most notable are the Hairstyle series. Consisting of around a thousand works, it is Ojeikere’s largest and most thorough body of work. In these works, Ojeikere photographed the sculptural hairstyles of everyday Nigerians – on the street, in offices and at parties. Ojeikere likens hair stylists to artists creating sculpture, and wishes to “record moments of beauty, moments of knowledge” through the ephemeral fashions of the day.

Hairstyles

Agaracha © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Mkpuk Eba © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Modern Suku © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Onile Gogoro or Akaba © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Star Koroba © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Udoji © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Ife Bronze © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

Pineapple © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and courtesy Fifty One Fine Art Photography

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