In partnership with Onome Akinlolu Majaro (OAM) Foundation, Damilola Onafuwa had his first solo exhibition of the project ‘Angels Among Men’ hosted at The WhiteSpace Lagos from Sunday 11th to Thursday 15th February, 2018.
Damilola Onafuwa is a visual artist based in Lagos and he works in the field of Documentary Photography. His work is centered on social issues and other human-interest stories. Inspired by his personal experiences and contact with people living with albinism, the project was put together in love for humanity and celebrates beauty in difference. In addition, the photography project explores the lives of people living with albinism in Nigeria and how they thrive in spite of the lack of melanin in their 'African skin' and the stereotypes associated with it in most parts of Africa.
According to Damilola Onafuwa, the aim of the exhibition is to celebrate people who have lived and survived discrimination from albinism. The exhibition seeks to boost the self esteem of people living with albinism. To tell them that even though they are different in color, they are also human. People living with albinism are oftentimes faced with societal issues, this project seeks to expose, educate and inspire truth of the condition, debunk myths as well as celebrate people living with albinism that have, in spite of the negativity associated with the colour of their skin, lived above it and made a life for themselves.
At the press conference, the co-founder of OAM foundation Mrs Onome Akinlolu Majaro said the project intends to change the negative perception people have towards people living with albinism and show them in a positive light. At the exhibition, a book titled ‘Angels among Men’ was released and about 16 art works depicting people with albinism were displayed. To further create awareness about albinism, the exhibition will be taken to other countries in Africa including Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.
In his message to Nigerians, Damilola Onafuwa said people should not label what they don’t understand but try to get more information about the issue so they can be informed. The Angel among Men exhibition ignites a message of love… to love everyone like you love yourself.