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Jide Alakija

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Olajide (Jide) Alakija
Born1977 (age 43–44)
London, England
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materImperial College London
💼 Occupation
Notable workInvisible Cities #1 (Bombay)
🌐 Websitealakija.com

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Olajide (Jide) Alakija, known professionally as Jide Alakija, is an internationally known photographer who has exhibited in the United States, London and Lagos. Their work, Invisible Cities #1 (Bombay), was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in 2013.[1]

In addition to exhibits, Jide is the owner of Alakija Studios, a photography boutique specialized on wedding photos and documentaries.[2]

Jide’s artistic focus is street photography, for which he is quoted “allows one to see who we truly are in the world”[3]

Personal Life[edit]

Jide Alakija was born in London in 1977[4], and has a brother, Rotimi Alakija[5] and aunt Folorunso Alakija.


Alakija graduated from Imperial College with an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering in 2001. He began his work in photography in 2003 with both commissioned work and exhibits.[4]

Alakija is represented by TAFETA contemporary Arts in London, a private art dealership specializing in 20th century and contemporary African art.[6]

In 2008, Alakija traveled to Rwanda with the charities Tearfund UK and Compassion UK.[7]

In 2013, the Smithsonian Institute exhibited Invisible Cities #1 (Bombay), an original work from 2008.[1]

In 2014, Alakija’s works were exhibited at the Nigerian Centenary Photographic Exhibition, sponsored by the Kola Aluko Foundation.[8]


2007 “Words are not enough”. Candid Arts Trust. London.[9]

2008 Collective exhibition cycle at Camden Art Gallery. London.[4]

2008 Invisible Cities No 1 Bombay,. The Kola Aluko Foundation.[10]

2010 The Orderly Society Trust. CCA. Lagos.[11]

2010 “Reconstruction in Reverse”. Omenka Gallery. Lagos[12]

2010 “Reflections”. British Council. Lagos[4]

2011 “Nigerians Behind the Lens”. Tafeta + Partners. London.[13]

2011 Owambe, Aso-Ebi and the Politics of Dress” (2011). Lagos.[14]

2013 Invisible Cities #1 (Bombay). Smithsonian National Museum of African Art[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "National Museum of African Art | Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa / The Material Earth". africa.si.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. "Seeing Through a Different Lens: Renowned Photographer Jide Alakija and His Unique Photographic Aesthetic | The Bridal Circle". thebridalcircle.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  3. Street Photography: Document Your World. By Andrew "Fundy" Funderburg. “Inspiration: Jide Alakija”. Amherst Media. 2018. Pages 20-21. ISBN 1682033562 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "National Museum of African Art | Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa / Artists Biographies". africa.si.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  5. "The Next Edition". The Next Edition. 2017-06-18. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  6. FM, Player. "Episode 2 Jide Alakija: Alakija Studios - Internationally Renowned Photographer IPU podcast". player.fm. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  7. "Backstory: Capturing the Art of Crafts". Popular Photography. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  8. Oyedoyin, Tunde (2014-07-25). "Nigerian Centenary Photography Show Begins in London". The Guardian (Lagos). Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  9. London, The Kolberg Partnership. "Words are not enough, Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, EC1 - Music Event in London". AllinLondon. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  10. https://issuu.com/kolaalukofoundation/docs/tafeta_for_kola_aluko_foundation_-_ page 20
  11. "Jide Alakija". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  12. "Reconstruction in Reverse". Omenka Gallery. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  13. "Tafeta + Partners - artist: Jide Alakija". www.tafeta.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  14. "Bisi Silva (1962–2019)". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.

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