Dafe Oboro is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photojournalist, casting director and visual storyteller focusing his lens on the sensitivities of everyday life in Nigeria. He runs his own production company – DÁFE films. Oboro was born in one of the biggest slums in Lagos and has drawn a great deal of inspiration from this part of his life. He studied broadcast journalism in the UK and journalism continues to be a major thread in his creative work. While at university, Oboro produced a documentary that highlighted the inhumanity of slum demolition in Nigeria, titled Slum Dwellers: Not Dead, Not Living. His other work includes a short film titled, Boy, You’re Beautiful, which presents vignettes of different men from Lagos, speaking about their self-image and the concept of beauty. He co-directed and produced the short fashion film, Kilón Shélé Gán Gán. The film showcased the diversity of living life in lagos and was a collaboration with the up-and-coming designer, Mowalola Ogunlesi. The film also showcased Ogunlesi’s Central Saint Martins graduate collection. The collection is inspired by the futuristic Nigerian psychedelic rock scene of the 70s and 80s. One of Oboro’s main desires in his work is to do some real reporting about important issues that affect life in Lagos but no-one really talks about even though these conversations are necessary. Oboro has worked on collaborations with various artists such as Nadine Ijewere (photographer), stylist Ibrahim Kamara, designer Stella McCartney, Mowalola Ogunlesi and many more.
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