Dafe Oboro is a filmmaker, producer, portrait and documentary photographer who focuses his lens sensitively on communities in the sprawling commercial city of Lagos and the people who call it home. His work addresses issues of masculinity, social marginalization, migration, culture and identity.
He was born on December 24, 1994 in Ajegunle (one of Africa’s largest urban communities), Lagos, Nigeria. Dafe graduated with first-class honors from Nottingham Trent University where he studied Broadcast Journalism and initially worked in the journalism, fashion and modelling industry in England. After moving back to his home town in Lagos, Nigeria to embark on a career in film and photography, he has gone on to produce major projects under his production company, DAFe Films, for top photographers and brands. The include photographer Harley Weir, Ruth Ossai and fashion label MIU MIU, Stella McCartney and others. In 2015, Dafe filmed, produced and photographed a documentary short which examines the human cost of slum demolition in Africa, focusing his lens particularly on the vast and overcrowded slum communities in the city of Lagos.
Oboro has lately been described as ‘the filmmaker spotlighting a youth movement in Nigeria’ by DAZED for his ongoing film and photography project on youth masculinity and beauty - Boy, You’re Beautiful. (And the role he plays as a casting director for film projects, fashion editorials and many more.)
Dafe Oboro continues to live and work in Lagos.