Chin We is a British Nigerian Multidisciplinary artist. Her work explores themes of identity, culture, representation, heritage and the African diaspora through the medium of photography, film, mixed media and abstract painting.
Her debut feature film, Nwanyịbụife, was recognized at the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards, being considered for nominations in six categories. Notably, the film was also shortlisted by BAFTA for the UK submission for the International Feature Award at the 2024 Academy Awards, highlighting its significance as a British film in a foreign language.
Chin We is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts.  Her work has been published on CNN and several other publications. She was featured on CNN as one of the leading African heroine women photographers, nominated for RPS 100 heroines by the Royal Photographic Society England and won an honourable mention award in the People-Portrait Category in International Photography Awards(IPA) 2018

Her varied passions includes travel, music and dance. She is also an art educator who specialises in working with students who have special educational needs. Using art as a powerful tool, she provides both educational and therapeutic support to help students with diverse learning requirements.



  • 2022 Arts Council England Award
  • 2022 BEFFTA Award for Best Creative Personality 
  • 2021 Picfair Mind The Lens Award
  • 2021 Arts Council England Award
  • 2020 Arts Council England Award
  • 2019 Arts Council England Award 
  • 2018 Fellow at Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • 2018 RPS Nominee for RPS 100 heroines by The Royal Photographic Society England
  • 2018 An Honourable mention award in the People-Portrait Category in International Photography Awards(IPA) New York. IPA is one of the world’s most prestigious photography award.




  • Come and See Fotographic Ife Nkili 1, Micklegate York, England
  • Lifestyles and Portraiture Ife Nkili 1, Royal Photographic Society England and Grosvenor Estates London
  • Look Photo Biennial  Ife Nkili 1, Open Eye Gallery Liverpool, England
  • Photo London Fair Ife Nkili 1, Representation on the line: (Un)framing our identities, Royal Photographic Society England London, Somerset House London
  • Representation on the line: (Un)framing our identities Ife Nkili 1, Royal Photographic Society England Hundred Heroines  – Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool, UK. 



  • The Art of Grieving a visual series that explores grief following the sudden death of my Dad on the 3rd of April 2022
  • Sis 2021 a visual series that explores the art of mental health associated with post lockdown unease and anxiety via the medium of photography, mixed media and film
  • Luminscence a visual series that explores light and the mind of imagination which are my thoughts, messages, stories and ideas from my Chi. Chi in Igbo Cosmology is referred to as the “personal God,” the personal spirit of a person and the spirit which determines destiny (WORK IN PROGRESS)
  • Sis 2020 a visual series documenting our personal experiences and emotions during the coronavirus outbreak and pandemic
  • An Ode To Elysee a visual and textual series prompted by the various hairnets worn by black women one of which comes in a packaging branded “elysee”. The project explores the relationship Black women have with hairnets, silk scarves, bonnets 
  • I am not your mate a portrait and storytelling  series focused on 26 senior citizens based in London. The project documents their experiences, dreams and fears




  • Curator & Creative Director – Ife Nkili a Black women’s arts festival film celebrating the beauty of Black culture, identity and heritage, funded and supported by Arts Council England




  • 2023 Nwanyịbụịfe  a thought – provoking art and documentary feature exploring identity, heritage, mental health, motherhood and family, LGBTQIA+ and climate change. A raw depiction of the lives and experiences of seven Black women from across the African diaspora, narrated in their native mother-tongue of Swahili, Yoruba, Igbo, Italian, Spanish, Swati, LesothoKikuyu and Patois, with English subtitles


  • 2024 Ijé Ụwá IN DEVELOPMENT



  • Nwanyịbụife was considered for a nomination in six categories for the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards
  • Nwanyịbụife proudly stood as one of the remarkable British Films in foreign language shortlisted by BAFTA for the United Kingdom submission for consideration for the International Feature Award at the 2024 Academy Awards (The Oscars)







  • PhotoForum London – Panel discussion: Diversity in Photojournalism with Anna Gordon, Chin We, Suzanne Plunkett and Helen Healy




  • “I don’t know yet” a photobook by Chin We – a collection of images, stories, a photographic life, a life in images, a journey through time, uncertainties, the absence of people. A blend of the straightforward, the wry and the hopeful. The 180 pages plus photobook explores concepts of identity, culture and heritage of  modern Britain and  includes portraits, interviews, art, documentary, street, nature, landscape and conceptual photography documented all over England from 2018. The photobook will be filled with my soul, joy and emotions (work in progress)                        







      An interesting collection of features with Chin We, click to read





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