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“I’d like to set up a film house in my local community in Lagos, where everyone can come together to watch films

Dafe Oboro

Age - 25
 Lagos, Nigeria
@dafeoboro
Dafe Oboro
“I’d like to set up a film house in my local community in Lagos, where everyone can come together to watch films

One of the most notable and promising emerging filmmakers in Nigeria, Dafe Oboro was born in one of the country’s largest slum areas, and now documents the communities and youth culture flourishing on the streets he grew up on in the sprawling city of Lagos. “I am most proud of how far I have come as an artist,” he says, “from being that little boy who dreamt of becoming something much bigger than myself, to where I am now. That puts a huge smile on my face.”

Oboro produced his first film while studying broadcast journalism in the UK. Slum Dwellers: Not Dead, Not Living, it showed the human cost of the mass slum-demolition in Africa. “During that period, I fell deeply in love with filmmaking and being a producer,” he recalls. 

Returning home to Lagos, Oboro has since established himself by making work that creates a space to talk about community, culture, and identity, while touching on themes of masculinity, social marginalisation, and migration. Oboro’s first love was fashion and it shows in his portrayal of the city’s street style and culture – recently shooting it for Dazed’s SS20 issue. His vision challenges the default white western-centric perceptions of Africa. “I want to change the narrative,” he explains. “Or at least be a part of a new narrative of the youth in my community, here in Lagos.”

What issues or causes are you passionate about and why? 

Dafe Oboro: I am most passionate about my community and empowering the next generation through my work, my art, and my knowledge. 

In one sentence, what is your creative manifesto? 

Dafe Oboro: I make visual art that provokes thoughts and sparks conversations around issues of masculinity, social marginalisation, migration, culture and identity. 

What creative or philanthropic project would you work on with a grant from the Dazed 100 Ideas Fund?

Dafe Oboro: I’d like to set up a film house in my local community in Lagos, where everyone can come together to watch films and speak about the issues they’ve highlighted.

Emily Dinsdale

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