I observe, therefore, I am. By taking on an inquisitive approach to documenting lived experience, I learn by capturing moments with a keen sense of responsibility and legacy. I am enamoured by representation through photo-documentaries and cinematography. With that, I am passionate about catalyzing change deeply-rooted in global cultural practices.
A leading creative professional with over a 9-year track-record of expression in photography and cinematography, Emily Nkanga has evolved into becoming a household name of repute. The Nigerian-British multidisciplinary artist began taking interest in photography after exploring forms of creative expression with her BSc in Communications and Multimedia Design degree in TV and Film from American University of Nigeria. Landing the acclaim of notable West African/British artistes and global companies like Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music, Emily’s signature lifestyle/portraiture style of photography forced her into a quest of deeper appreciation while the capturing of core human anthropologic expression. This sense of purpose led her on an introspective journey of creative expression. With her unique approach, she turned the lens on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Northeastern states in Nigeria, affected by Boko Haram insurgency, creating a visual catalogue of looming unrest in the area. The Creative Director has worked closely with government leaders and ministries such as the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Additionally, she has contributed her time to working for the Lagos State Government.
Recognized as a leading voice in photography and film, Emily continues to expand her industry experience between the United Kingdom, Canada, and Nigeria. The young artist creates visual content with her eponymous company, ‘Emily Nkanga,’ housing a plethora of her creative outlets which primarily take on an inquisitive approach to documenting lived experience. In pursuit of her keen sense of responsibility and legacy, Emily furthered her educational career in 2018, landing a Masters of Art in Filmmaking, with a concentration in Cinematography, from Goldsmith’s University of London.
As a firm believer in the transformational power of capturing moments in still images and cinematography, Emily is passionate about catalyzing change deeply-rooted in cultural practices across the globe. The culturally aware and highly sought-after industry expert founded a creative house titled ‘Gòkè.’ With its identity rooted in the Yoruba language loosely meaning ‘to ascend,’ ‘Gòkè’ offers services in filmmaking, photography & design. The creative community creates a platform for all its key stakeholders to ascend. By increasing her creative output, Emily is working on group and solo exhibitions in the coming years, which will include print and immersive components for a unique user experience. Her spare time is dedicated to empowering young and emerging creative professionals. She currently serves a Mentor on Academy 1854, a global community platform for photography professionals, helping them build sustainable businesses and careers.
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