All You Need To Know about Nigeria's Kelechi Amadi-Obi

Here are Kelechi Amadi-Obi’s 6 tips on how to become a successful Photographer.

  • Practice
  • Start small and take risks
  • Study to improve your skills
  • Network with other photographers
  • Have a portfolio
  • Always be ready

1. Practice:

I started practicing art full-time in school while studying Law part-time, after identifying my love for the art. This has helped develop my visual skills.

2. Start small and take risks:

Invest in the major working utensils that you need, it could be a good camera, lights, sketching board. Just have something to practice with. I didn’t have all my working utensils but I started with the essentials items as at that time, a cardboard paper, sketch book, pencil, water colour and oil paint.

3. Study to improve your skills:

Develop your skills and know what you are doing. While growing up I learnt from an early stage that I could research on anything and whatever you doing, you can excel at it. So I started reading about painting and artistry because art itself is powerful. Photography is all about the lights, following the light to create a balance between light and dark. To create an illustrator between form and sharp.

4. Network with other Photographers:

Hang out with other photographers who are into what you are doing, learn from them, share experiences with each other. I didn’t have a studio when I started, so I would shoot in black and white film, use other people’s darkroom and chemicals to print.

5. Have a Portfolio:

Having a portfolio is to have a reference material where you can showcase to people what you have done, a collection of all your pictures. Having a portfolio helped me get my first fashion editorial job with Truelove magazine.

6. Always be Ready: Sometimes you don’t have to have a client you working for before you take some particular shots because you never know what your client is looking for. So explore.

Art is a powerful media for social engineering because as an artist you determine what you want to showcase.


Kelechi Amadi-Obi – Creative Photographer ,
Style Mania

Kelechi Amadi-Obi, after obtaining a law degree and his call to bar in 1993, settled to full-time studio art. He has earned international renown for both his photography and paintings. His unique style and mastery of aesthetics and creative lighting in his paintings have been reinvented in his photography to create understanding, dynamic and result oriented photography for his clients.
Some of his works have been featured in exhibitions within and outside Nigeria.

About Kelechi Amadi-Obi

Photographer who has had his work exhibited at”Snap Judgement” – New Position in Contemporary African Photography in 2006.

Kelechi Amadi-Obi Before Fame

He graduated with a law degree in 1993.


He won the St.Moritz Style Award for Photography. He has worked with Guinness Nigeria Plc, MTN Nigeria Plc, and PZ Nigeria.

Family Life

He is from Nigeria.

Associated With

He and Albert Gilbert are both award-winning photographers.

Veteran photographer shares how to attract well-paying clients [WATCH]

Kelechi Amadi-Obi is a household name in Nigeria when it comes to photography.

According to the veteran, the best creative environment is brought about by a mixture of design and accident.

While he may follow the brief of his client, planning too much for a shoot leads to repetition and predictability. When the flow goes naturally, life comes in the middle of the ‘accident’.

On the digital age and it’s effects on the profession of photography, Amadi-Obi believes that digital photography is a welcome development as photography itself is a child of technology.

Digital photography also has helped a lot of people develop early in life that they want a career in photography as it is readily available to them through their phones and other devices.

On how to attract the highest paying client, Amadi-Obi says “If you do good work that serves the purpose and satisfies a need money will follow. And if you hone your craft to the point where you become the best, then you’ll attract the highest paying clients”


Curled from Pulse.