Hairstyles and Headdresses Exhibition


I met a friend after work a couple of weeks ago and headed back to The Southbank to see the Hairstyles and Headdresses Exhibition which started on the 5th March and ends on the 27th April

It’s The first UK exhibition of work by renowned Nigerian photographer, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere.

Johnson Donatus Aihumekeokhai Ojeikere was born in 1930 in Ovbiomu-Emai, a rural village in South Western Nigeria. He worked and lived in Ketu, Nigeria. At the age of twenty he pursued a future in photography, which was out of the ordinary for people in Nigeria at that time, especially those in his village. Cameras were considered a luxury but in 1950 he bought one (without a flash) and got someone to teach him about photography


In the year 1967, he joined the Nigerian Arts Council and in 1968 he began one of his largest projects as he documented Nigerian hairstyles. This was a hallmark of Ojeikere’s work and he had printed approximately a thousand pictures of different African women’s hair

He passed away on the 2nd February this year.


I enjoyed seeing the photographs they were beautiful to me. I didn’t take that many photos as I thought it would be nice for you guys to see it in person. Wow the skill behind some of those styles; it makes me sad as I imagine some of the things we could create nowadays if we still had the techniques.

Hope you get a chance to see it.  It’s on The Spirit Level Royal Festival Hall and is free entry.