I stumbled upon Okhai Ojeikere’s work online and I liked it. I saw some of the beautiful and inspiring vintage Nigerian hairstyles he captured. Okhai Ojeikere is a late Nigerian photographer. He is best known worldwide for capturing beautiful and unique Nigerian hairstyles. He pursued a career in photography when it was not popular and generally accepted in Nigeria. He is the forerunner of documentary photography in Nigeria. He worked for the Nigerian ministry of information as a photojournalist in the 1950s. He was born in 1930 and died in 2014.
In 1968, he began a big project of capturing almost 1000 Nigerian hairstyles. I love his works, it debunks the stereotype of having natural hair or even relaxed hair styled a certain and “acceptable” way. Most people view African threading as local or for poor people. Ojeikere’s works have shown me a different dimension of African threading. I like them, a lot. So I am going to rock some of the styles. Most of his works are in black and white.