• 2022 National Geographic Explorer.
  • 2020 Jane Lombard Fellow for Social Justice by Vera List Centre New York.
  • 2018 Insignia of 'Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et Lettres' by Ministry of Culture of France.
  • 2016 Nominee, Prix Elysée for Photography (2016 - 2018)
  • 2016 Long list nominee, Prix Pictet, 2016
  • 2009 Artist of the Year, Future Awards Nigeria
  • 2008 Winner, Visa Pour la Creation for the project "Bagamoyo", Maputo Mozambique
  • 2004 TV5, Paris Prize for Best Photography at the Exhibition "Made in Africa", Milan Italy.
  • 2003  Best Young Photographer of the 5th Festival of Photography. Bamako, Mali.



Tracing Presence(s) of Body, Place, Time (2023)
(Exhibited at Schloss Charlottenburg from July - October 2023)

'I Wonder As I Wander', A Short Film by Akinbode Akinbiyi (2019/2020)
(Screened at Gropius Bau Berlin, Il Kino Berlin, LichtBlick Kino Berlin)


  • 2019: N'Gola Biennal of Arts and Culture, Sao Tome
  • 2019: 13th Cairo Biennale. Cairo, Egypt
  • 2018: “Exploring a Void”. Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg Austria (Solo Exhibition)
  • 2018: “Whose Land Have I Lit on Now?”, Savvy Contemporary Berlin
  • 2017: "Collective Intelligence", Centre Gorges Pompidou, Paris, France. 
  • 2017 A Trans-African Worldspace, Amsterdam Photography Museum (FOAM)
  • 2017 “History ASAP”, Kunstraum, Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • 2017 “Collective Thinking, For Freedom”, Aperture Foundation Gallery NY
  • 2016 “No Borders” Gallery Dominique Fiat, Paris, France
  • 2016 Unseen Art Photo Fair, with Invisible Borders Trans-African Project
  • 2015 56th Venice Biennale of Arts, International exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor.
  • 2012 New Museum of New York, exhibition with Invisible Borders Trans-African Project.
  • 2011 ATOPIA – Art and City in 21st Century, CCCB, Barcelona.
  • 2009 Photoquai Biennale, Musée Quai Branly Paris.
  • 2009 2nd Pan African Festival of Arts of Algeria, Algiers.
  • 2009 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Arts, Thessaloniki
  • 2009 10th Havana Biennale, Havana.
  • 2009 A Tale of One City, Oslo Museum, Oslo.
  • 2008 Bagamoyo – Photography and the Useful Space, Catembe, Maputo. (Solo)
  • 2008 Unspoken Hero, Neukölln Museum, Berlin. (Solo)
  • 2006 Snap Judgement, International Center of Photography,  New York. Curated by Okwui.
  • 2003 5th Bamako Biennale of Photography, Bamako, Mali.


  • October 2023 - February 2024: Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Art Practices & Theory, Berlin University of Arts.
  • October 2022 - February 2023: Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Art Practices & Theory, Berlin University of Arts.
  • October 2022: Guest Teacher at Mino Art Space & Agency, Antwerp, Belgium
  • September 2022: Visiting Scholar at the Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
  • October 2020: Guest lecturer Hartford Art School MFA Photography Student Critique Online Session
  • July 2019: Invisible Borders Masterclass at the N'Gola Biennal, Sao Tomé and Principe.
  • June 2019: Jury/External examiner at the Sandberg Institut Masters Program Radical Cut-Up. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • July 2018: Lecturer at Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg Austria. Photography class “Exploring a Void”
  • May 2018: Guest lecturer Hartford Art School MFA Photography Student Critique Berlin Session
  • October 2017: Guest Lecturer, Hartford University MFA Photography. San Francisco, California.
  • May 2017: Guest Lecturer, Hartford University MFA Photography. Berlin, Germany.
  • February 2017: Critical Writing Workshop, Nlele Institute of Photography, Lagos, Nigeria.


Field Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism Issue 17, Jan 2021: A Volatile Negotiation Between The Past and Present


  • The Many/Trip Advisor (USA)
  • Omidyar Network (USA)
  • London School of Economics (UK)
  • CM Design Atelier (Nigeria)
  • Forbes Magazine (USA
  • British Council (UK/Nigeria)
  • Amnesty International (The Netherlands)
  • Jeune Afrique (France)
  • African Development Bank (Ivory Coast/Liberia)
  • FAA Design (Nigeria)
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