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Christopher Nelson Obuh was born in Delta State, Nigeria. He participated at the Lagos Photo Summer School by Eva Maria Ocherbauer in 2014, which introduced him to photography. In 2016, he joined the Nlele Insitute with the help of the photographer and artist Uche Okpa Iroha. Throughout his seven year long practice, his work has focused on environmental issues, colonialism, memory and the changing urban landscapes of the city of Lagos, which he considers his main subject. Lagos (Nigeria), Bamako (Mali), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Cotedivoire) and Accra (Ghana) are some of the cities he has documented.
Obuh believes that art is a tool for social change. He has been involved in group exhibitions in Lagos, Bamako, Salzburg, Dakar, Fez, Leiden, as well as several publications around the world. His works are in the digital archive of the University of Bournemouth. In 2019, he completed an artist residency program at the Project Space Lagos and was a finalist of the Access Bank ART X Prize. He has been nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass and is also shortlisted for the Henrike Grohs Art Prize 2020.