Black Barbie & Ken’s Nigerian Traditional Wedding

Barbie traditional nigerian wedding


So I got bored sometime last December, and then came across French photographer Beatrices’ Barbie and Kens’ wedding shoot, and with some inspiration from the black Barbie shoot on Italian Vogue, I decided to create a Nigerian Traditional wedding shoot with black Barbie and Ken … it started up as a pretty simple shoot that would have taken about a week or so, but it ended up taking up to 5 months. I had to enlist my wife to help out with the outfits, as well as with searching the internet for all the little accessories.  Anyway, I’m happy its now done, and glad I can get rid of the dolls … I was beginning to get weird looks from my son whenever I came home with a barbie …

Anyway hope you like the shoot …

barbie and ken wedding 

.. at the reception venue, the wedding proposal gets read …

 .. for those of you who don’t know .. the groom and his friends have to lay down in front of the bride’s parents …

 and then comes the traditional changing of the grooms hat (really not sure what this signifies, but I guess its something to do with crowning the head of the home ) …
 Boogie time ….
 … of course loads of dollars had to be sprayed. Really loved these mini dollar bills I found online, they look so cute in real life

  … couldn’t help this … think I simply bought too much booze and just ‘had to use them’ ….

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Hauwa - June 13, 2012 - 3:05 pm

This is awesome! Love every bit of it?

Harry Itie - June 13, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Wow! This is awesome… You so talented!

Obi - June 13, 2012 - 3:58 pm

thanks a bunch Hauwa

Uche Nwokedi Oguejiofor - June 13, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Absolutely brilliant! the little details are so hilarious.

Folashade Lizzie Awosanya - June 13, 2012 - 8:29 pm

This is so amazing it’s so detailed and so realistic, well done

Sandra Isibor - June 13, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Oh my days! this is so creative…

Eji Izzi - June 13, 2012 - 9:01 pm


Obi Charles Nwokedi - June 13, 2012 - 10:01 pm

thanks Sandra

Obi Charles Nwokedi - June 13, 2012 - 10:02 pm

thanks a bunch Eji

Obi Charles Nwokedi - June 13, 2012 - 10:03 pm

thanks Fola

Ronke IsBlessed - June 13, 2012 - 10:16 pm

Amazing idea. Well executed. Hilarious but also so real!

Obi Charles Nwokedi - June 13, 2012 - 10:26 pm

thanks a bunch Ronke

Dj skates - June 14, 2012 - 2:24 am

First time seeing your work. Incredibly creative!

Mr Quadosh - June 14, 2012 - 2:35 am

Very creative. I really love it too

NGOZI - June 14, 2012 - 4:08 am

Gosh its lovely! Photography is a hobby im currently enjoying and i also happen to love Barbie. Really nice! Could almost hear the music 🙂

Pearly Dresses - June 14, 2012 - 5:37 am

Obi this shoot is just AMAZING! You truly captured the essence of a traditional Nigerian engagement. Makes me see Barbie and Kola in a whole ne light!!! Loved the outfits and extra kudos on the mini Louboutins! Well Done!!! - June 14, 2012 - 6:26 am

This is Brilliant! love every detail and the fact that you catered to each one, this is a true naija wedding, impressive!

Bola Oloruntuyi - June 14, 2012 - 6:44 am

Amazing Shoot Obi!!! I loved teh mini dollars and the boogie time. Keep up the good work.

Victoria Akinyemi - June 14, 2012 - 7:03 am

I dont kno u but DAMN, u talented !!! This is brilliant…where can I purchase : )

bolly - June 14, 2012 - 7:19 am

This is Aura cool! loving the creativity

Dani G Nunoo - June 14, 2012 - 7:21 am

LMAO this was brilliant…wow.

Jide Alakija - June 14, 2012 - 7:26 am

Got me laughing…nice one.

Temi L - June 14, 2012 - 7:31 am

Totally love it… funny… Well done Mr Obi…..Guess that why you documented our wedding…..

Kemi Togun - June 14, 2012 - 8:36 am

This is amazing. The concept, the execution. Brilliant.

Kofo B - June 14, 2012 - 8:43 am


NK - June 14, 2012 - 8:57 am

This is really nice, so now show us the Igbo version!

efe - June 14, 2012 - 9:22 am

Lol……..Very entertaining and creative

Kombo Buwa Inko-Tariah - June 14, 2012 - 9:31 am

Hahahahaha Obi this is amazing….

Yemi Osunkoya - June 14, 2012 - 10:12 am

This is simply stunning! The concept is so original and the thought and attention to detail ( the iPad!!!!!) is quite outstanding. I hope you do more with this shoot. Kudos!

Sophia A Jackson - June 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT – it’s made my day this has – just so brilliantly creative…

Abby Fay - June 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

This is beautiful…very creative. The pic with the booze is very funny. lol!

F OBASOHAN - June 14, 2012 - 10:45 am


Louisa Coulthurst - June 14, 2012 - 10:54 am

I love this shoot! The spraying dollars shoot made me giggle!

Femi - June 14, 2012 - 11:24 am

Very creative and interesting… Good work to even capture this

Taiwo - June 14, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Wow! Awesome! Am actually blown away! My fave is the booze picture. Lol.
Well done man!!!

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Gbenga - June 14, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Uber cool!! Very captivating work. Excellent effort. Well done guy.

Mary - June 14, 2012 - 12:54 pm

hahhahaha……..I had a good laugh. Love it love it and it was brilliantly creative. Louboutin, dollar bills, Ipad , Hot DJ, camera, booze inshort everything was ON POINT.
Thumbs up to the couple that put this together

MiST - June 14, 2012 - 12:58 pm

o my……lol . Who put this together , wow so creative . Hope you dont mind me posting this on my facebook . Love it

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Alexa - June 14, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Very well done. I had to look again and again. Whoever staged this and made those litle, on point outfits is a great talent…

yinka - June 14, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Way to go!

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 1:49 pm

thanks Efe .. go right ahead 🙂

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 1:50 pm

couldn’t help doing that last one 🙂

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 1:50 pm

he smiles ….

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 1:50 pm

cheers Jide

andrew - June 14, 2012 - 2:36 pm

One of the best works I have seen in recent time. Great Job…

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Thanks Andrew 🙂

laolu - June 14, 2012 - 3:10 pm

this was SOOOOO COOOOOL!!!! I loved every bit of it! Down to the DJ barbie and the drunk Ken dolls at the end!

Obi Charles Nwokedi - June 14, 2012 - 3:17 pm

thanks Dani

Call me mummy Tola - June 14, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Wow! Love the concept and attention to detail! Love it! 🙂

Sheila Amaka Ojei - June 14, 2012 - 3:24 pm

OMG! I love it…

Fadekemi Ashiru-Balogun - June 14, 2012 - 3:41 pm

Very creative and entertaining. You couldnt have interpreted it any better.

Amaka - June 14, 2012 - 4:02 pm

This is simply amazing! Perfectly replicated a naija wedding! The tiny loubous, the tiny dollar bills…even those clothes were made down to the last tiny detail! Kudos to who ever put this all together…very creative!

Tayo Ishola - June 14, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Wow!!!! This made my day!

Kole Mjx - June 14, 2012 - 4:43 pm

This is sooo cool. Well done Obi. Boredom has its advantages I see.

Chi - June 14, 2012 - 4:54 pm

This was BRILLIANT! I almost fell out of my chair as I was laughing so hard….

I wondered if you had it on a slide show with music (Nigerian)…..what it would be like?……just-a-thot:)

Love it!

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 4:54 pm

thanks Amaka

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 4:54 pm

cheers Laolu

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 4:55 pm

thanks Chi .. actually working on it at the mo’

Eniola Idris Alakija - June 14, 2012 - 5:03 pm


Linda Prosper - June 14, 2012 - 5:24 pm

I love this!!!!!

Artflow Magazine - June 14, 2012 - 5:40 pm

We appreciate the creativity that went into this project, the details were so real and one can not but look over it again and again. This effort deserves some commendation. Would you like to share the process with us please on Artflow Magazine? We are an online magazine aimed at creating platform for creative performers.

Evelyn Peters - June 14, 2012 - 5:57 pm

This is a master piece of work, brilliant…wow…You are talented. I love it and bring this talent to the U.S if you have not done so yet.

Funke Kinda - June 14, 2012 - 7:03 pm

beautiful…a Job well done. very creative.. pls keep it up.

Ruby A. Oluronbi - June 14, 2012 - 7:13 pm

These are hilarious! Super cute and creative!

Niké Kazzim - June 14, 2012 - 7:20 pm

This is Amazing…so creative and you really captured the traditional wedding down to the very last detail… love the spraying of the dollars!

Bolanle Adesoji - June 14, 2012 - 7:35 pm

Amazing. It makes you laugh as the accuracy. You got this right Obi. Well done!

Charlotte I-heartdayouth - June 14, 2012 - 8:11 pm

yes I love these as well!!!

Ijeoma - June 14, 2012 - 8:14 pm

Thought this was great. love every bit

Ijeoma - June 14, 2012 - 8:16 pm


Mina Nyenke - June 14, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Obi! You’ve got fans in Chicago. This was nothing short of A M A Z I N G!!!

BK - June 14, 2012 - 8:24 pm

… AND red bottoms!!
Great job! This was very well done–except for the last photo, but of course it’s still funny though 😀

Isaac RealEyez Odusanya - June 14, 2012 - 8:28 pm

Absolutely dope! Good work!

Obi Charles Nwokedi - June 14, 2012 - 8:53 pm

thanks … guess you can 🙂

Tomi s - June 14, 2012 - 9:04 pm

This is amazing… I pray CNN and the likes will feature you very soon! Soooooo nice! Kudos to you!

Ruby A. Oluronbi - June 14, 2012 - 9:12 pm

Haha, showed these to my aunt and she was so impressed! and her kids are like mommy are we getting those???

YES - June 14, 2012 - 9:39 pm

WOW! I’m beyond amazed… this is brilliant! WOW… this is talent right here, keep up the awesome work!

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 10:27 pm

awwww thanks Mina 🙂

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 10:28 pm

i know, almost didn’t put in the least one, but then …

Obi - June 14, 2012 - 10:29 pm

so nice of you 🙂

Tolu Sangodele - June 14, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Absolutely lovely. I love it.

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Udochi Onyekachi - June 14, 2012 - 11:46 pm

WOW! this is brilliant!

Obi Charles Nwokedi - June 14, 2012 - 11:53 pm

not yet Evelyn, but thanks

Stella Duru - June 15, 2012 - 12:37 am

Obinna, clearly you have to remain bored for longer and you best go and collect the dolls from the trash van you threw them in because you have started a series that you must necessarily continue… you tagged this Nigerian Traditional Wedding but you must be aware that this depicts the Yoruba Traditional Wedding Ceremony and given that we have 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria, you have 249 Nigerian Traditional Weddings to showcase…LOL! more importantly given that you are an ibo man and I am an ibo lady, I hope your business mind has evaluated the business side of this (asides from the artistic part)… as I would advise that you seek out the makers of black barbie and ken with a business proposal to help them with clothing customised dolls with different occasions for sale to Nigerian kids in the diaspora (LOL) or even for kids in Nigeria… and please bring the relevant contracts for my review… for a fee as your lawyer o…. WELL DONE… ME LIKE… REAL PROUD… GOOD JOB!

Anu Young - June 15, 2012 - 12:47 am

This is just pure talent…your attention to detail is highly commendable and I would love to see more of your work. It is hard and with need of a lot of raw talent for a photographer to show the true and beautiful expressions of individual(s)..but to be able to now do it effortlessly with the use of dolls! shows that you are truly an amazing photographer…an inspiration really…<3 <3 this work!

Abbey Fajimolu - June 15, 2012 - 1:02 am

This is the cutest thing EVER! It was too realistic, almost felt as though I was in it, picture-by-picture. Well done! I really loved the booze part too, it was HILARIOUS, so typical of a Nigerian wedding.

nikk - June 15, 2012 - 1:45 am

this is an awesome idea. very creative..I absolutely love it!!!

Heanyi 'Fox' Bob-Nwachukwu - June 15, 2012 - 2:10 am

AMAZING! Fada I’m sure you will book more gigs using this than photos from 500 weddings. Your talent and ability to think outside the box no get part 2!

Christine Imarenezor - June 15, 2012 - 2:29 am

The classic photo is when they are spraying them with money! Yes o! Ken doll? Noooo. We will call him (in naija accent) “Kennet!” LOL Kudos Obi!

Annamaria Car - June 15, 2012 - 2:46 am


Christina Sola Abidakun - June 15, 2012 - 2:59 am

Nice one Obinna and good idea Stella! I also can’t help noticing my asho ebi here in the pictures please include my royalties in the contract. LOL

Seriously, I think the is a Great concept.

kiki - June 15, 2012 - 4:21 am

Wow…love this…obviously a yoruba wedding…..

very nicely done!!! very imaginative! so could be real people.


Back2Eden Design - June 15, 2012 - 4:38 am

Wow! Really creative. Kudos to the team, job well done ;o)

tia - June 15, 2012 - 5:53 am

Super fabulous!

Solape Oworu - June 15, 2012 - 8:49 am

OMG! This is so amazing…Well done…uber cool ;o).
This needs to be on the pages of some magazine somewhere.
Keep up the FAB work.

Uche - June 15, 2012 - 8:52 am

Beautiful, fresh concept, celebration of our culture

BumyPerfect - June 15, 2012 - 10:19 am

This is awesome man…..noicceeeeee

Funke - June 15, 2012 - 10:22 am

This is pure talent, very innovative… Thumbs up!!!!

Sweet Mama Africa - June 15, 2012 - 10:48 am

This freaking amazing. Pure creativity

Gail - June 15, 2012 - 11:27 am

Oh gosh I love this.
this shd be for sale. love love love

sharon - June 15, 2012 - 11:49 am

I love this! I hope you didn’t get rid of the dolls. They should remain in your family always. I think some of the values and culture should have remained. This was beautiful.

lady flo - June 15, 2012 - 12:25 pm

This is cute, i like it=)

Lola - June 15, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Good cultural piece for Naija children in diaspora! I wish the set was commercially available–I’d save my lunch money and drop my cable to buy it for my daughter :). I plan to show her this website tonight! Impressive job you have here–keep it up!

BelleNoirBride - June 15, 2012 - 12:58 pm

This is brilliant, I love it! Your hardworking shows, it’s so intricate.

Olatomi Oladunni Kolawole - June 15, 2012 - 2:02 pm

omg! y’all need 2 check dis out…..
thumbs up (y)……

Adebayo Dawodu - June 15, 2012 - 2:11 pm

OMG.. This is talent. I don’t like toys but this makes me want to buy some barbies for my nieces. lol

Obi - June 15, 2012 - 2:51 pm

thanks Nicola

Obi - June 15, 2012 - 2:51 pm


Sophia Domeville - June 15, 2012 - 4:58 pm

this is just adorable….. Love it! Thanks to Mentor/siSTAR/Soror (lol) Yeni Makinde for this.. 😉

Adelaide Damoah - June 15, 2012 - 5:36 pm

This really made my day too. Had to share. So cute! The dollars lol! Love the ending, look at the men all wasted! So creative and just unbelievably cute.

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Criscilla Stafford - June 15, 2012 - 6:22 pm

THIS A GREAT DEPICTION OF A TRADITIONAL NIGERIAN WEDDING! I love the picture of the black heel and the money spray. Thanks for tagging me to this Yeni Makinde!

Jessica - June 15, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Omg! these are too beautiful! Can I buy these?

Bugi Bugi - June 15, 2012 - 9:28 pm


Obi Charles Nwokedi - June 15, 2012 - 9:54 pm

we’ll see how it goes Stella 🙂

Omo Tunde - June 15, 2012 - 10:10 pm

absolutely love it! like wow!

@yosi - June 15, 2012 - 11:13 pm

Gush! I have never seen such! So beautiful. Mee like it.

Kiki Kamanu - June 16, 2012 - 1:21 am

My fave are the Louboutins! Classic

Lina Abdallah - June 16, 2012 - 6:55 am

This is beautiful…can’t stop looking!

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Franca - June 16, 2012 - 10:40 am

I am short of words. I am so close to tears just knowing that this has been put together by human hands. Awesome is the word.

Dennar - June 16, 2012 - 12:40 pm

wow!impressed by the attention to detail,had a good the asoebi girls!

J.O.N - June 16, 2012 - 1:39 pm

this is really luvly, luved every bit of it. So cretaive……………..

Doyin (Events by Doyin) - June 16, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Love it! Very Creative!

Ade - June 16, 2012 - 4:32 pm

I simply love your Barbie & Ken photo collection. They are so exquisite, unique, charming & beautiful to view. I hope this work is published or put in for an award. You deserve to be internationally recognised for this work. Well done and keep up the good work. Ade

Oprah M. - June 16, 2012 - 9:12 pm

Your photo is my screensaver!

I saw this on! I’m in love with the amazing details. African Americans need more images of beauty from the motherland and this really is perfection! thanks to you and your wife for taking the time to do this.

Pamela Stitch - June 17, 2012 - 7:21 am

LOVE IT!!!!…loooool….the last pic was hilarious….

crystabel jide - June 17, 2012 - 10:59 am

luvly art i must say. pleeeeeease do igbo and hausa weddings tnx.

Mimi - June 17, 2012 - 1:05 pm

This is soooo sweet and so creative. Weldone! I see Ken has some bleaching action going on. Teehee.

Ugo Edu - June 17, 2012 - 2:24 pm

…not just naija sef…there is ghana with all her different ethnic groups, kenya, south africa, angola, etc, you get the point…the number of african countries, each with their own spectacular number of ethnic groups!…after this project that stella has proposed and that I am saying you should include for all of africa, you may never have to work again in your life!!!…cheers to you for a well-done project indeed!…loved it!!!!…very very proud…

Alwina - June 17, 2012 - 7:38 pm

All your work is beautiful! Too bad you’re not in the States to photograph here as well.

Abi - June 18, 2012 - 2:51 am

I’m amazed at the attention to detail and it truly captures the essence of Yoruba weddings. I had previously said I wouldn’t do a traditional wedding when I get married but on seeing these, I’m having serious second thoughts. Its just wonderfully put together though I’m wondering why Ken (Kola)? has a really dark body compared to his face? I have the same thing but not as dark as his, just a shade.
I’m defo sending friends to your site, its good as a reference point to one of our ethnic marriages and something to make our children proud of their skin colour and heritage. A job excellently done.

Peggye Mills - June 18, 2012 - 11:17 am

Absolutely fabulous.

Dami-lola Jagun - June 18, 2012 - 1:51 pm

This is fantastic to say the least. I know these are dolls but I actually could feel the emotions and the excitement they were going through through your shots (esp the one in green and brown that was ‘beremole-ing). I almost feel embarrassed saying this. You see but as a kid I could play for hours with my dolls non stop and not even get tired. My mum even had to lock them up from time to time. Infact before I got my first barbie, I used to use body lotions as dolls (*hides face*) and make clothes for them as well as the real dolls; as a matter of fact they all went to school and wrote exams…hmm it wasn’t even funny.
So yeah..ur pictures definitely bring upon me a nostalgic feeling- my heart is actually racing….i miss them all, katie, tony blair and pond to mention a few :'( *ok pull yourself together*. So Obi, I want to say thanks for bringing out the inner child in me once again. You know you’re a good photographer when you can make real inanimate objects.
I wish you the very best in your career.

Ibi - June 18, 2012 - 2:46 pm

This is soooooo good! So real, it’s scary (in a good way of course).

Kesh - June 18, 2012 - 6:19 pm

This is absolutely great. Got a grin on my face going through the pictures. The attention to detail is amamamazing. This must have taken a lot of work. Keep up the marvelous work. Really.

Slava Slavik - June 18, 2012 - 7:39 pm

This is amazingly creative set! Congrats!

Jennifer - June 19, 2012 - 4:12 am

Good job! Very interesting A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ captivating.

Taren - June 19, 2012 - 7:46 am

This is so creative, real and cute. You did a fantastic job creating real life images. Love it. Really shows the rich culture of Nigeria. These dolls look like they are in Yoruba attire. The are so cute.

candigirlindmv - June 19, 2012 - 9:26 am

Adorable, original and beautiful!

bolu - June 19, 2012 - 9:38 am


Edidiong - June 19, 2012 - 11:27 am

Really really nice!!!

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Aggie - June 19, 2012 - 3:09 pm


This is too much!! It is brilliant just brilliant. I sell black dolls so this is right up my street. I LOVE it, Obi you rock!! I am so sharing this on my business facebook page!! It is Black Beauty Dolls ( please pass through and say hi on the facebook page.


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chioma - June 20, 2012 - 1:30 am

wow! Am so proud to say I know you from UNN. Amazing

omonaikee - June 20, 2012 - 2:01 am

Very well done. I was looking for the kiss the bride shot though! lol!

Barbie’s Traditional Yoruba Wedding - Muse Origins - June 20, 2012 - 3:10 am

[…] The imagery is so appealing, and surprisingly accurate. Obi photographs the dolls from the beginning of the day to the end – from dressing up to drunken party. The wedding features the Groom greeting Barbie’s parents with a traditional Yoruba deep bow, the couple and their guests getting down on the dancefloor, and the spraying of money during the first dance that is significantly present in any Nigerian wedding. See some of the photographs below and see some more on Photography by Obi: […]

Kemmy Okpaka - June 20, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Im so amazed at how you could detail everything about a Yoruba traditional wedding, well as some others have said in the comments,
be prepared to do that of the other ethnic groups in Naija. im so interested in how the Hausa wedding is going to look like.
In all, great concept, great talent!!!!!
The sky is your starting point!

Jennifer Nkeiruka - June 20, 2012 - 7:18 pm

So creative! Love it! 🙂

Ericka Suzanne - June 21, 2012 - 7:21 am

As a long time Barbie collector, avid arts advocate and chocolate chick I LOVE this!! LOVE it!!

Nnenna - June 21, 2012 - 8:26 am

Lovely! Am a Barbie fan…so it’s nice to see an African Barbie & Ken doing a traditional wedding…the Yourba way *wink* Nice work, Mr. Obi.

steph-a-nie - June 21, 2012 - 9:53 am

As an AA Barbie collector and creator of my own photostories, I must say that you did a WONDERFUL photostory!! The detail in your pictures is amazing and it was nice to learn about a traditional Nigerian wedding celebration. Thank you for sharing!!

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Adedoyin Ayoade - June 22, 2012 - 9:35 am

Amazing,i LOVE it

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funke - June 22, 2012 - 12:27 pm

This is genius well captured…love the creativity

Hortense Bakadal - June 23, 2012 - 2:20 pm


Solmid Royalty Makeovers - June 24, 2012 - 12:39 am

Very creative and lovely Concept! GOD bless the works of your hands

Rose Omane-Frempong - June 24, 2012 - 9:31 am

This is anazzing, I forgot that they were dolls that are motionless, but could see and the excitement and the liveliness of the occasion! Love it!

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Adex - June 25, 2012 - 2:19 pm

In short, these are far the best pics i’ve seen so far this year. It brought tears of joy. Enjoyed looking thru each of the pic. Good job to whoever put them together.

Olayinka Kazeem - June 25, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Mannn they NAILED this. It captures everything that makes YORUBA weddings so exciting from the pre-wedding preparation tothe spraying of money lol. Excellent work!

cass - June 25, 2012 - 7:15 pm

i LOVE the last foto. bwahahahahaha!!!

jenyo - June 28, 2012 - 9:29 am

Absolutely gorgeous. I had fun going through the pictures. Must have taken you a lot of time. Well done.

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beverly - June 29, 2012 - 7:44 am

hot stuff!

Toni - June 29, 2012 - 3:04 pm

Can they adopt the names ‘Bosede’ and ‘Kehinde’ (Kenny) instead of ‘black Barbie & Ken? Beautiful by the way…

Yvonne - July 3, 2012 - 3:35 pm

EXCELLENT!!! The attention to detail was impeccable! It was funny, and thoroughly entertaining. Great photography skills too!

Chi - July 4, 2012 - 10:47 am

Love the shoot; think it’s hilarious and sent it on to a lot of my friends. I just wish you had done an Igbo trad wedding! 🙂 Otherwise, you know you have to do the white wedding

Babatope-Samuel Babs - July 4, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Is thie thesame Fadekemi with Jim Iyke…..that played expoted wife to USA…SISI YOU DO WELL JARE…

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Fadekemi Ashiru-Balogun - July 5, 2012 - 4:36 am

Yes…..thank you for your kind words

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LISA GALLAHAR - July 6, 2012 - 3:27 pm

I am so inspired by your patience and persistence in this huge undertaking. I was going to college trying to get my degree in Photography and had many photography assignments that had to be completed and shared with the class. This seems like a whole semesters assignments all joined and rolled up into one long awesome slideshow. The attention to detail and placement of the dolls limbs was so perfect and I cannot even express how gorgeous the wardrobe was. Your depth of field was so perfect in many of the shots. The shot that made me laugh was the one of the disc jockey, she is priceless! Thank you for sharing your work.

Sonji - July 7, 2012 - 1:31 pm

love it

Tolani - July 16, 2012 - 12:44 am

I absolutely loved every single bit of it!! This is beyond awesome!!! More Grease!!!

Ms. Ola Blessed - July 16, 2012 - 8:53 pm

Say Whhaaa??!?!?! I love it!!! Ehn my only complain is why una no change their names? Make I dash them Bimbola & Kehinde instead of black barbie and ken? Is it okay with you? LOL hahaha, either way this one looks like it took amazing work & dedication! Barbies are sooo tiny! This is exquisite! I love your visionary eye!!!

Oh and lol at your son questioning who the barbies were for!

Hoorah to sharing naija culture!

Abimbola D. - July 17, 2012 - 6:35 am

Wow. Am 57 years old and thought I couldn’t be easily surprised. When my daughter sent me the link and i checked it out i was greatly and pleasantly impressed by everything. The elegant and stylish outfits, the postures, the eye for details, the concept, the script, the female DJ, the drunken finale, the humour etc!!! Well done and God bless you. Extremely entertaining.

Meena - July 19, 2012 - 1:13 am

Amazing! Beautiful! Really Wonderful. Well done!

Black Barbie dazzles in Yoruba wedding attire! – OMG Nigeria - July 19, 2012 - 4:03 pm

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Diogo - July 23, 2012 - 9:01 am

Na waooo. this is fantabulos n cokabulous. Honestly one of my best Naija art work. Keep it coming Bros. Really really beautiful..

Temple - July 24, 2012 - 3:13 am

Great job Obi. More grace.

dimo - July 24, 2012 - 3:37 am

this is nice… great one!

Barbie et Ken, le mariage traditionnel en pagne « Ô - August 8, 2012 - 12:57 am

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Adenike Olatunji-Akioye - August 8, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Just fantastic! Authentic too! That cap wearing just cracks me up!!! Very good job!!!!!!!

tanya Love - August 10, 2012 - 1:43 am

Very creative…am intrigued

Ashabi Aya Atanda - August 12, 2012 - 7:41 am

I love dis

Barbie and Ken’s Get Married | Love Lynda Lovely - August 26, 2012 - 9:05 am

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Problemas en el paraíso | cursovt - August 30, 2012 - 5:13 pm

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Problemas en el paraíso | Artis Manus - August 30, 2012 - 5:15 pm

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Problemas en el paraíso :: Noticias España - August 30, 2012 - 6:02 pm

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Jacquie Maame Adubofuor - September 8, 2012 - 3:28 am

These are so cool. Do you sell them? I would love to get my little cousin a few of these dolls. please email me if you do or if you know where I can get these dolls.

Barbie Gets A Nigerian Wedding « Multi Cultural Cooking Network - September 12, 2012 - 12:42 pm

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Fola - September 26, 2012 - 6:17 am

Fantastic!!!!! Welldone

Caption This: Outside the Courts of Justice | Bakwai Photo Journal - October 3, 2012 - 7:41 pm

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Omonigho Obonna - October 15, 2012 - 10:47 pm

Wow!!! FAB WORK!! Thumbs up!!! I feel you Stella, waiting for the traditional wedding from Delta too!!!!

juliana - October 21, 2012 - 5:59 am

u r gifted!!!!

The Nigerian Rain-Money (or, “Spraying”) Dance | La Boda de Uchechi Kalu & Peter Jacobson - October 27, 2012 - 11:04 am

[…] October 27, 2012 by Peter Updates Leave a comment Photographer Obi Nwokedi put together a brilliant Black Barbie Nigerian wedding photo shoot! Spraying is our culture, you can’t ban it.  — King Sunny […]

Nana Osei - October 31, 2012 - 6:04 am

It’s about time they got married.

Dare - November 3, 2012 - 11:36 am

Good Job I must commend!

Nkem - November 4, 2012 - 2:20 am

This is beautifull,fantastic good creative

Heather Nicole - November 13, 2012 - 4:33 am

Amazing work. I would buy all of these dolls and accessories for myself- no, I mean for my 7 year old daughter! You should approach Mattel, everything is really beautiful.

Tabs - November 24, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Very creative! Well done 🙂

Nathalie Manzila - December 22, 2012 - 10:49 pm

This makes me want a traditional Nigerian wedding and I’m not even Nigerian.

Barbie’s Nigerian Traditional Wedding |  African Digital Art - January 3, 2013 - 3:19 pm

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Nigerian photographer, Obi – Barbie’s Niaja Wedding | AFROBLUSH - January 4, 2013 - 2:54 am

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shallie's purple Beehive - January 19, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Waoooohhh so so so so creative..i fell in love with the lovely colours and i have featured it on my blog and linked back to your site..

Great job absolutely fantastic!!

Tinu Faboya - March 22, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Really enjoyed myself!

Getting Married: The Nigerian Way? | Ego Du Jour - March 27, 2013 - 12:13 pm

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Kaseem Jesuloba - April 5, 2013 - 8:03 pm

1st word- impressive, 2ndly-love everytin used. Kip it up. Awesome

Seun Solanke - April 18, 2013 - 10:34 am

Wow and absolutly amazing.I never knew that something as creative as this could be done.

Toks Towobola-Demide - April 24, 2013 - 11:22 am

This is sooooooooo lovely! its cute, brilliant, hilarious and quite a lot of creative talent all together I’m really tripped. meanwhile I want all the dolls, costumes, props everything! how can we arrange that (smiles).

Adewumi Yemi - April 28, 2013 - 9:26 am

Barbie and Ken Nigerian Wedding

Kunle Amoo - June 22, 2013 - 3:07 pm

This is really nice.

life insurance no medical exam needed - July 23, 2013 - 7:01 am

Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group?

There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thanks

Obi - July 23, 2013 - 8:57 am

of course you can

Colin Gayle - November 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

where can u purchase these dolls? i would like to purchase the collection for my daughter for the holidays, please advise

Laura - November 21, 2013 - 7:18 am

Wow, great talent. Echoing each and every good comment made on here. Please keep it up and make sure you copyright them so nobody can steal them. Create a good marketing strategy and establish your own company and website so that people who want to order them will just go to the website and order. Start packaging and sending them out. I have shown these to a few American friends here and they all want to know where to buy them. Please let us know where we can purchase these (both the dolls and artwork) Great job, Obi. Amazing…….never seen anything this beautiful.

Nancy - November 25, 2013 - 10:22 am

I’ve seen this before, but I had to post it on my Google+ page as our “Monday Laughter” EXCELLENT JOB! I truly enjoyed this o! Executed very well. Thank you for this post. Showing love from Atlanta, Georgia #WedBecomesHer

Lois Haruna - November 26, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Love this

Anita Tolbert-Lockhart - November 27, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Amazing, PRICELESS………….

Anonymous - January 20, 2014 - 6:46 am

Beautiful images, I am sure they were very pleased.
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Oby Odinks - August 8, 2014 - 10:51 am

Obi my brother, this is one of a kind. Awesome . You are one of the chosen generation

Coup de coeur pour Obi Nwokedi « Papillons de mots - September 1, 2014 - 10:31 am

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O'Naturals Blog | Black Barbie had a Nigerian Wedding - November 27, 2014 - 1:07 pm

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