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Cletus Nwadike

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  • Born in Nigeria 53 years ago, Cletus started dreaming of living in Russia during his time at university, as he was tired of his corrupt home country. But he took the wrong ferry from Poland and came to Sweden instead. He often travels back to Nigeria to document men doing hard manual labour. But in this series he has instead turned his camera on the young women there. “It’s a hard country for young women and girls, and they need to learn how to defend themselves.”

    In 2017 Cletus was awarded the prestigious Alfred Fried Photography Award with an image on the theme of peace. During his childhood there was war in Nigeria. “I grew up without any pictures; the soldiers had burnt all our family pictures. My dad said I looked like his father, but I have never seen my grandfather or a picture of him.”