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NWAGBOGU, Azu

PORTRAIT-NWAGBOGU02Born 1975, Lagos, Nigeria.

Lives and works in Lagos.


Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, that is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African art. Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition in 2008, an annual arts competition in Nigeria that provides a platform of exposure to emerging Nigerian artists. He also serves as founder and director of LagosPhoto, an annual international arts festival of photography that includes exhibitions, workshops, discussions, and outdoor installations in congested public spaces in Lagos. Nwagabogu has served as a juror for the Dutch Doc and the POPCAP photography awards.



Azu Nwagbogu is one of the nominators for the Discovery Award of the Rencontres d’Arles 2014. He nominated the following artists: Kudzanai Chiurai and Patrick Willocq. 


Portrait of Azu Nwagbogu: David de Jong.