Nseabasi Akpan

Born in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. Nseabasi Akpan is a youth empowerment advocate and a freelance photographer using photography as a medium of expression and communication for positive social change. He strongly believes photography has the ability to empower and bring awareness to issues that can elevate public understanding and compassion and gives voice to inconsiderable issues and those who would otherwise never be heard.

He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Nseabasi Photography Concept a community based organization using photography and its artistic process as a catalyst to empower marginalized children/youth.

His work has been published in books, websites and magazines such as BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, Jeune Afrique, Insidetrack Abuja, Derive, Tru Applause and The Platform.

He lives and works in Ibadan with his lovely daughter.


2016 Fearlessly Inspirational Photography Award
2014 One World Media Prize
2014 eLearning Africa Photo Competition Public Vote Prize
2014 The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Photography Competition, 3rd Place Prize
2013 Accenture Skills to Succeed Award
2011 European Union/African Union Photography Prize
2010 the BBC Focus on Africa Photo Essay Prize


2017 “Faces of Africa” Annual Youth Education and Empowerment Summit  –  Paynesville, Liberia
2015 “Reviving Benin: The History of an African Festival  –  Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, Texas, United State of America.
2015 “Voodoo Survived  –  St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, United State of Americas
2015 “The Return of the Slaves”  –  Elmina Castle Central region Cape Coast Ghana.
2015 “Quidah- The People, Culture and Heritage”  –  Goethe Institut, Lagos Nigeria.
2014 “Through Your Lens”  –  eLearning Africa Summit Kampala, Uganda
2012 Regard Biennale Benin  –  Cotonou, The Republic of Benin.
2012  Aleppo International Photography Festival – Aleppo, Syria.
2011 “Beauty in Africa in all of its States” – African Union Headquarters   –  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2011 “General Elections: An Evaluation”  –  The Institute of African Studies University of Ibadan,Nigeria.
2011 “Political Absurd”-The Decumanus Gallery  –  Krk, Croatia.
2011 “The New Addis Ababa”-The French Cultural Center,Ethiopia.
2011 “Addis Ababa: Through the Eyes of a Photographer”  –  Alliance Francaise Ibadan, Nigeria
2010 “Street football”- Alliance Francaise  –  Ibadan, Nigeria.
2009 “Visa Pour Bamako”- The French Cultural Center,Accra, Ghana
2009 “Photo Expression”-The French Cultural Center,Lagos, Nigeria