Rahima Gambo (b.1986) explores themes of postcolonial Nigerian identity, gender, history, memory and socio-political issues through long-term visual projects she began to formulate soon after completing her masters in Journalism in 2014. Her work navigates the spaces between documentary, art and Journalism.

Her images can be seen on 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. Rahima has worked for NGO’s such as UNHCR, Human Rights Watch, Malala Fund, Vitamin Angels and the Foundation for Refugee Economic Empowerment.

Rahima is a 2014 Magnum Foundation Fellow and an International Women's Media Foundation Fellow. She currently lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

Awards + Nominations + Exhibitions

2017, Selected Artist in Bamako Encounters, The African Biennale of Photography 2017 "Afrotopia" curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi

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, Participant World Press Joop Swart Masterclass
2017 “House of Wahala” Art auction and exhibition, Austin, Texas.
2017 “Women Picturing Revolution”: Focus on Africa and the African Diaspora, Seminar, Columbia University
2016 Lens Culture Emerging Talents Award
2015 Nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Prize
2015 The Nlele Institute Open Range Exhibition at the Bamako Biennale
2015 Listed as one of The Nlele Institute 15 photographers to watch
2014 Nominated for PDN 30 under 30


2017 World Press Photo Masterclass, West Africa
2016 Foto.Factory Lagos workshop
2015 Nlele Institut Portfolio Review
2015 Magnum Foundation Photography Expanded “Digital Narratives”
2015 GJS Hostile Security Training, Kenya.
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
2014 Stephanie Sinclair photo workshop at the Bronx Documentary Center, New York.


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)