Rahima Gambo (b.1986) is a Nigerian photographer and artist whose work ranges from the everyday to social issues often with a conceptual hue that looks critically at notions of storytelling. She came to artistic practice through photojournalism and she has been working independently on long term work that breaks away and questions it’s frameworks. 

Gambo uses her work to ponder on her environment, identity, history, memory, freedom, escape, healing and the spaces in between these things. She is interested in the long-term processes of documentary storytelling often experimenting with other forms such as drawing, video, sculpture and installation. 

In 2017 Gambo was a part of the prestigious Joop Swart masterclass  and was shortlisted for the Contemporary African Photography Prize, the Africa Media Works Prize and nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Prize a couple of years before. In 2017 she won the Fourthwall photobook award, to publish a photobook based on her long term project “Education is Forbidden”. In 2018 she was selected as a World Press Photo 6x6 Global talent. 

Group Exhibitions

8 Dec 2018  – 22 Feb, 2019 LineGuage: Textual Imagery | Visual Allegories -  An exhibition of works by: Bruce Onobrakpeya, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Victor Ekpuk, Chijioke Onuora, Amarachi Okafor, Odun Orimolade, Stacey Okparavero, Rahima Gambo and Jess Atieno, curated by Iheanyi Onwuegbucha, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
Nov 14 - 25, 2018  Education is Forbidden/ Tatsuniya exhibiting at DocLab in the International Documentary festival Amsterdam, IDFA
0-31 Oct 2018 - The Art Summit, Lagos
25 Oct - 4 Nov 2018 - The Secret Life of Plants: Rahima Gambo and Adee Roberson at Treehouse, Lagos 

13 Sept - 23 Sept 2018 -Photoville NYC - Forseen: New Narratives APJD and MFON: Alter Prayer, Ritual and Offerings
21 Sept - 23 Sept 2018 - Unseen Amsterdam - Red Hook Labs/ Nataal 
2018, PH Museum, 
On Womanhood group exhibition
2018, Videoex festival, Zurich
2018, New African Photography III group show, Red Hook labs, Brooklyn, NY
2018, Tatsuniya Installation at Treehouse, Lagos
2017, Artist in Bamako Encounters, The African Biennale of Photography 2017 "Afrotopia" curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi
2017, Art X, Lagos, curated exhibition
2017, Lagos Biennial - Education is Forbidden Installation
2017, Here We Are; Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives, Moving Walls group exhibition, Open Society foundation documentary projects, NYC
2015 The Nlele Institute Open Range Exhibition at the Bamako Biennale  

Awards + Nominations 

2018 Royal Photographic Society's Hundred Heroines
2018 World Press Photo 6x6 Global talent
2018 Shortlisted for the 
Africa Media Works Prize
2017 Winner of the Fourthwall books, photobook award, to publish a photobook based on the Education is Forbidden Project.
2017 Shortlisted for the Contemporary African Photography Prize
2017 “House of Wahala” Art auction and exhibition, Austin, Texas.
2016 Lens Culture Emerging Talents Award
2015 Nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Prize
2014 Nominated for PDN 30 under 30 


2018, The Photographer's Masterclass, Goethe Insitute, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2018, Women On Aeroplanes, Workshop #2, Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth and Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos
2017, Participant World Press Joop Swart Masterclass 2017 World Press Photo Masterclass, West Africa
2016 Foto.Factory Lagos workshop
2015 Magnum Foundation Photography Expanded “Digital Narratives”
2014 Magnum Foundation Photography Expanded workshops “Collaborative Images: New Models of Authorship and Aggregation”
2014 + 2015 Lagos photo summer school
2014 New York Times Portfolio Review

Selected Press + other

2019, panel conversation, Future Images, Re-Imaging Futures, Invisible borders, Lagos, Nigeria
2019, Lagos city of Hustle builds an Art ecosystem, The New York Times
2018, Artist talk, Foto.Factory, Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
2018, Artist talk, Abuja International Photo festival, Abuja, Nigeria
C& and Aperture Magazine "Camerawork"- A conversation with Akinbode Akinbiyi
OSF's Here We Are - 
Neiman Storyboard - 
Beyond Boko Haram Pictures From Nigeria
Sum of Encounters - 
Rahima Gambo by Emmanuel Iduma
Witness: World Press Photo - 
What Lies Underneath
Artsy - Six Female Photographers Challenging Misconceptions
Nataal Magazine: Issue One - Rahima Gambo
Education is Forbidden cover of Jan/Feb 2018 
Photograph Magazine 
BBC Cultural frontline - radio 


ICRC, British Red Cross, UNHCR, Human Rights Watch, Malala Fund


Roads and Kingdoms, the New York Times Lens blog, Buzzfeed News, Time Lightbox Photojournalism daily, Financial Times, Camera Austria, Quartz Africa, Forskning & Framsteg, Omvärlden amongst others


International Women's Media Foundation Fellow, 2015
Magnum Foundation Felllow, 2014


MSc Journalism, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (2014)
MSc Gender and Social Policy, London School of Economics (2008)
BA Development Studies, The University of Manchester (2007)

Rahima Gambo

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