Zaynab Odunsi

Zaynab O. Odunsi is a Saudi based Nigerian photographer who works as a full time lecturer at Dar Al Hekma University, Jeddah.


She holds an MA in Photography from the University of the Arts London, LCC producing a portfolio on the topic, “Stereotypes of masculinity in post colonial West Africa; Nigeria in focus”.

She was the recipient of the residency award by the Mairie de Paris and Cites International des Arts- Residency in 2006.

She is the founder of the Hekayat Ashara photography project (, a community based art project. This ongoing project works with women of different backgrounds living in Al Ruwais district, a low-income part of Jeddah.

Zaynab is a member of the Nigerian collective Depth of Field and in 2015 was nominated for the Magnum Emergency Fund.

Some of her past commissions includes British Airways, The Nigerian Conservation Foundation, and Guaranty Trust Bank.

Over the years, Zaynab’s work has been shown at international biennales notably Dak’Art, Seville and Rencontres de Bamako and exhibitions in major cities including Lagos, London, New York, Paris, Miami and Stuttgart.

She is one of the participants of Borders Within: The Trans-Nigerian Road Trip Project 2016. 

Twitter: @zay2thenab
Instagram: @babyzoostudio


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