Hi, welcome to my website!
You can call me Lize. I’m an Author and Photographer from Nigeria with a penchant for storytelling and wanderlust.
I graduated with a joint honours degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Sussex and was awarded a certificate in Novel Writing and Longer Works from City University of London. My work is inspired by my culture, social justice, immigration and living in the diaspora.
In 2014, I started a travel and lifestyle blog titled Sewafolie, which can still be found here and in 2015, I was listed for the Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize for Literature. My writing has been published in Culture Trip, Bella Naija, The Naked Convos, Simone Digital and Fashion Business Africa, amongst others. When writing non-fiction, especially memoirs, I seek to uncover experiences and events from my childhood that have impacted my life as an adult. In my fiction stories, I aim to explore the human condition and experiences that are impacted by one’s identity and culture.
On the other hand, my passion for photography was birthed during my teenage years in Lagos. However, I only began to invest more in my artistry as a self- taught photographer in late 2017.
I’m currently interested in documentary, boudoir and conceptual photography which I use as a means to tell stories and share various narratives. My images have been published in several print and online media including The Guardian, BBC Embrace Network, Amateur Photographer magazine, O Globo (Brazil’s biggest national newspaper), Falstaff, Gal Dem Zine and Positive News.
In June 2019, my conceptual photo project, Ileke was curated in a solo exhibition as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. In October of the same year, I was chosen to show selected works at Kings College London as part of their celebration of Black History Month; and that November, a collaborative art project I was a part of that celebrates the life of Lilian Bader, one of the first Black women to join the British Armed Forces during WWII, as well as other BAME British women in history was exhibited across London. Since then, I’ve had other works curated across the UK.
My debut novel, The Returnees was published in 2020 by Hodder and Stoughton. I’m currently based in London where I empower women through the art of boudoir photography.
October 2022: Black Women Photographers Exhibition
September 2022: Black Joy at The Photography Show
October 2021 – Present: Ife Nkili: A Black Women’s Arts Festival
September 2021: UKBFTOG Showcase at The Photography Show
November 2019: Can’t Be What You Can’t See, London, UK
October 2019, Solo Exhibition: Project X: BHM Edition 2019 King’s College London, UK
June 2019, Solo Exhibition: Visibly Invisible: A Visual Celebration of Glorious Black Bodies, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Athens, Greece
Authors Online Virtual Talk- Wokingham Borough Library
Can The Female Gaze Empower? – Tinted View
MPB Live with Elizabeth Okoh from UKBFTOG – MPB
Grow Your Story Showcase Event – Hachette X Spread The Word
Brixton Book Jam – Lambeth Country Show
Talking Creative – Suyi Davies Okungbowa
The Creative Diaspora – Black Ballad
Black Women Photographers
UK Black Female Photographers (UKBFTOG)
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