Sunday, October 1, 2023

Spice #MCM – Aham Ibeleme

The ability to capture a moment that has the power to show a totally different side of an individual, they never knew existed requires more than having a camera and knowing how to use the capture button. Photography requires an insane level of creativity, foresight and passion.


Photography is the science, art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. “


Wiki’s complex definition of photography tells you that it is way more than “clicking on the capture button”. The world will forever be grateful to the great minds that have continued to creative and capture memories that will live on for many decades, and we at Spice are taking it upon ourselves to celebrate one of Nigeria’s finest portrait and fashion photographer Aham Ibeleme by making him our MCM of the week.

What started as a hobby during his MSC in England has now bloomed into a successful career for Geology protégé Aham Ibeleme.


  • How did your journey as a photographer begin?

It began professionally in 2012. I had just got back from the UK where I did my MSc. While I was there I developed a keen interest in photography when I bought a camera to document my stay there. I would go around the neighborhood in the area where I lived in London and just take documentary street style photos. I would then post these photos on Facebook and I would get a lot of praise for my work. Sooner after I got back to Nigeria than, a friend of mine called me up and said “hey I love your work and I want you to photograph my wedding”. The rest is history.


  • What would be your dream project?

To photograph destitute’s in Lagos.

  • How important is Photoshop in your final image?

On a scale of 1 to 10? 10


  • What is often the inspiration behind your best works?

Art and life


  • The biggest misconception people have about you?

That I’m an extrovert by virtue of what I do


  • If you were told to choose 4 equipment’s to work with forever as a photographer, what will those items be?

My camera, Trigger, Octabox, light stand


  • You recently launched a book, tell us about it.

My book, aptly titled “How I shot it” is a photography tell all manual that basically chronicles the lighting techniques that have come to define my style over the years. It’s 90% pictorial, it’s simple to understand and it’s for everyone from amateur to professional level who is looking to sharpen their photography lighting skills.


  • What is the best part of being a twin?

The attention that we get especially when we’re together and are out and about.


  • Who are the people you would love to work with and why?

Chidinma Ekile because she seems like the nicest person and everyone loves her to bits.

Chigul because she’s just eternally funny

An Anglican bishop because their outfits look nice lol


  • What is feminism to you?

Feminism to me advocates that women be treated fairly an equally regardless of their sex. Equal rights to men, equal earnings etc.


  • Of all the celebrities you’ve been opportune to photograph, who will you consider as your best?

Genevieve Nnaji

  • Your word of advice to aspiring photographers?

Be focused, work hard, be unique and do things differently.


  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I see my brand establishing a firm stronghold in the global market.


  • How will you describe your style of photography?

Cinematic, vibrant and artsy.


  • Tell us about yourself.

My name is Aham Ibeleme. I’m a portrait and fashion photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. I’m from Abia state. I’m married to a beautiful wife, Tito who is a makeup artist. I studied Geology in FUTO. I have an MSc in GIS from the University of Greenwich, UK. I’m a twin. I have two brothers and a sister.

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Your answer has to be just one word. P.s no and both don’t count as an answer

  • African food or continental?


  • Colored or Black and white?

Black and white

  • Digital or analog camera?


  • Lupita or Agbani Darego?


  • Music or Movie?


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