Amazing Photos of JD ’Okhai Ojeikere Showcase Nigerian Hairstyles
Nigerian women's elaborate hairstyles – in pictures
In Nigeria, women’s hairstyles can carry a number of different
meanings and messages. These plaits and elaborate structures take
anywhere between 30 minutes and five hours to create and can mark
special occasions such as weddings and birthdays, denote a particular
family or region or respond to political and artistic movements of the
day. The acclaimed Nigerian photographer JD ’Okhai Ojeikere spent 40
years immortalising nearly 1,000 of these hairstyles, until his death in
2014. “Apart from being fascinated by their beauty and the artistic
nature of each hairstyle, he documented them for posterity,” says his
son, photographer Amaize Ojeikere. There is a danger, he adds, that
these skills will be lost.
“Particularly now the younger generation
think it is ‘old-school’. That is one of the reasons the images were
taken: to showcase the beauty of our people.”
Talented photographer of Nigerian Hairstyles, Johnson Donatus Aihumekeokhai Ojeikere also known as J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere highlighted modern and traditional African perspectives of the art of hair design. Each African hairstyle had its own uniqueness giving a glimpse into the talented camera of a legendary Nigerian photographer.
Photographer Hairstyle Legend, Johnson Donatus Aihumekeokhai Ojeikere also
known as J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere was born in Nigeria in 1930. Ojeikere was photographer who is known for
his work with unique hairstyles found in Nigeria. Ojeikere was raised in a
small town in rural southwestern Nigeria.
He lived and worked in Lagos, Nigeria. At the age of nineteen, JD Okhai Ojeikere
buys a modest camera from a neighbor who taught him the basics of photography.
His talent was noticed by the West Africa Publicity for which he worked
full-time from 1963 to 1975, when he set up his studio "Foto Ojeikere."
Okhai Ojeikere began working on his Hairstyle series in the late 1960s after he
joined the Nigerian Arts Council and began documenting the country's culture.
Forty years, he continued across Nigeria photographing hair styles. Ojeikere
photography of hairstyles of Nigerian women in everyday life, on the street, in
the office, at parties leaves a heritage of anthropological, ethnographic and
Ojeikere, this was a never-ending project as hairstyles evolve with fashion:
"All thesis hairstyles are ephemeral. I want my photographs to be
noteworthy traces of Nigeria. I always wanted to record times of beauty,
knowledge of times. Art is life. Without art, life would be frozen."
iconic photographer passed away on Sunday February 2, 2014.