Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organization based in Lagos, Nigeria, and dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists. Established in 2007, the AAF organizes art exhibitions, competitions, and workshops, with the aim of unearthing and developing talent in Nigeria. In 2008, Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition, an annual arts competition in Nigeria that provides a platform of exposure to emerging Nigerian artists.
He is also founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography, which brings leading local and international photographers into dialogue with multifaceted stories of Africa. Nwagabogu has served as a juror for the Dutch Doc and the POPCAP Photography Awards, and was a nominator for the Discovery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival in 2014. He lives and works in Lagos.