Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organization based in Lagos, Nigeria, and dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary arts and artists in Africa. Established in 2007, the AAF organizes art exhibitions, competitions, and workshops, with the aim of unearthing and developing talent in Nigeria. In 2008, Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition, an annual arts competition in Nigeria that provides a platform of exposure to emerging Nigerian artists.
AAF has launched and implemented several innovative projects including Art Base Africa, an online database and journal for contemporary African art, Women Artists Project, which showcases annually, a thematic exhibition for talent amongst Africa’s female artists, Designing Africa, an annual design exhibition and YECA (Youth Empowerment Through Contemporary Art), which provides arts classes for youth in public secondary schools in Lagos.
Azu is also founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography, which brings leading local and international photographers into dialogue with multifaceted stories of Africa. Nwagbogu has served as a juror for the Dutch Doc and the POPCAP Photography Awards, and was a nominator for the Discovery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival in 2014. Azu has a degree from University of Benin and Cambridge University. He currently lives and works in Lagos.
Portrait Photo Credit: Ike Ude