Aisha Augie-Kuta is a photographer, filmmaker and mixed media artist who lives and works in Northern Nigeria. Her work spans across photography, painting and documentary-style films. She uses juxtaposition in her work as her way of pushing the idea that there are always two sides of a story, coming from a background in photojournalism and mass communications. Aisha currently runs The Photo Cafe and is the founder of The Centre For Art and Creative Talent (CACT) in Abuja, Nigeria. She is the CEO of Meermaad Networks.
Aisha studied Mass Communication at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and is studying for an MSc in Media and Communication at the Pan Atlantic University. She has a certificate in Digital Filmmaking from The New York Film academy and also a Certificate in curating contemporary art exhibitions from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK.
Augie-Kuta became an Associate of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) in May 2011. She is also the Vice-President, Women in Film and television in Nigeria (Wiftin) the West African chapter of the US based network. She co-founded The Photowagon, a Nigerian photography collective, in 2009.
Aisha received won the British Council ‘Through-my-eyes’ competition 2014. She received a Sisterhood Award for ‘photographer of the year also in 2014. In 2010, she was included along with 50 Nigerian women in a coffee table book and exhibition for the nation’s 50 @ 50 celebrations supported by Women for Change initiative. Aisha won the 2011 Creative Artist of the year at The Future Awards. She was nominated for 2011 Female photographer of the year at ELOY Awards; she was also nominated twice for the Abuja Young Entrepreneurs award for Media and Art (2012 and 2013)
Her recent exhibitions include:
• ‘Alternative Evil’ mixed media exhibition, IICD, Abuja, Nigeria, 2014
• ‘Material Culture’ Lagos Photo Festival 2014, Lagos, Nigeria
• ‘Nigerian Centenary Photography Exhibition at Bonhams‘, London, United Kingdom, 2014
• ‘Bridging the Gap in Nigeria’, Nairobi, Kenya, October, 2013
(Nigerian High Commission to Kenya, Iroko Arts Consultant)
• ‘Water and Purity’ Lagos, Nigeria, September, 2012 (African Artists Foundation, Chevron)
• ‘My Nigeria; The Photowagon Exhibits’ Abuja, Nigeria, December, 2010 (The Photowagon, Thought Pyramid Gallery)
• ‘The Authentic trail: Breast Cancer’ Fundraising exhibition, Abuja, Nigeria, October, 2010 (Medicaid Diagnostics, Pinc Campaign, Aisha&Aicha)
• ‘Here and Now: Contemporary Nigerian and Ghanian art’ New York, USA, October, 2010 (Iroko Arts Consultants, Mrs. Ronke Ekwensi)
Aisha is happily married and is a mother to three amazing boys. To find out more about her work visit www.aishaaugiekuta.net and cactnigeria.org