Andrew Dosunmu’s The African Game

Andrew Dosunmu’s exhibition, The African Game, looks to soccer as a way to explore modern African life, culture, and identity. A compelling, on-the-ground depiction of Africa’s passion for footbal, these photographs look at the rich sporting culture that has produced some of professional football’s biggest and highest-paid stars.


Andrew Dosunmu currently lives and works in New York. Raised and educated in Nigeria, Dosunmu began his career as a design assistant at the fashion house of Yves Saint-Laurent. He has subsequently worked as a creative director and fashion photographer, whose images have appeared in a variety of international magazines. Besides a flourishing career in photography, Dosunmu is also active in film and television. His award-winning documentary Hot Irons (1998) showcases the artistry of some of Detroits finest African-American hairstylists as they prepare for the the annual “Hair Wars” competition. In South Africa, Dosunmu has directed episodes of the widely acclaimed television series Yizo Yizo which dramatizes the policy debates around education in post-apartheid South Africa through a frank presentation of the social crises and conflicts at a Johannesburg high school. Dosunmu has also served as creative director for album covers (for such artists as Erykah Badu and Public Enemy), and directed music videos, including his first for Isaac Hayes, Angie Stone, Common, Wyclef Jean, Kelis, Aaron Neville, Maxwell, Tracy Chapman and Talib Kweli. Dosunmu was selected to participate in the photography exhibition Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary Photography at the International Center of Photography curated by Okwui Enwezor in 2006. Restless City (2010) was Dosunmu’s first feature film endeavor. It was followed in 2013 by Mother of George. Donsumu is a Sundance Lab Feature Film Fellow for screenwriting and directing.