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Celebrating Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Nigerian Photographer, Painter and Publisher


Kelechi Amadi Obi is a Nigerian photographer, painter and publisher, who has been described as one of Nigeria's groundbreaking celebrity photographers. He is the publisher of Style Mania magazine.

Amadi-Obi was born in Owerri in 1969. He has a first degree in law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1993, but he soon ditched it for a career in studio art. He is internationally renowned for his paintings and photography[6] which have been exhibited in Nigeria and around the world. In 2004, he won the St.Moritz Style Award for Photography.

Amadi-Obi has photographed notable Nigerians for local and international publications as well as for Style Mania, a lifestyle magazine he co-founded in 2011 Celebrities and personalities he has photographed include Bassey Ikpi, Oluchi Orlandi, Ojy Okpe, Tuface Idibia, P Square, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Nike Oshinowo-Soleye, Jidenna, Genevieve Nnaji, Asa, DBanj, Uche Jumbo, Jay jay Okocha, Richard Mofe-Damijo, among many others.

His work have been exhibited at the Lagos Photo Festival, Didi Museum, Rele Art Gallery, and other places.

In late 2016, during a photoshoot for hip hop artist Jidenna on Broad Street, Lagos, Amadi-Obi discovered Bukola, who was selling pillows on the streets of Lagos. He immediately showed interest in her as a potential model and scheduled a shoot in his studio. The result were a series of stunning photographs that went viral around Nigeria, turning the former pillow seller into an overnight success in modelling.
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We are very proud to celebrate this Nigerian star.