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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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  • HauwaJune 13, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    This is awesome! Love every bit of it?

  • Harry ItieJune 13, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    Wow! This is awesome… You so talented!

  • ObiJune 13, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    thanks a bunch Hauwa

  • Uche Nwokedi OguejioforJune 13, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    Absolutely brilliant! the little details are so hilarious.

  • Folashade Lizzie AwosanyaJune 13, 2012 - 8:29 pm

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

  • Sandra IsiborJune 13, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    Oh my days! this is so creative…

  • Eji IzziJune 13, 2012 - 9:01 pm


  • Obi Charles NwokediJune 13, 2012 - 10:01 pm

    thanks Sandra

  • Obi Charles NwokediJune 13, 2012 - 10:02 pm

    thanks a bunch Eji

  • Obi Charles NwokediJune 13, 2012 - 10:03 pm

    thanks Fola

  • Ronke IsBlessedJune 13, 2012 - 10:16 pm

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

  • Obi Charles NwokediJune 13, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    thanks a bunch Ronke

  • Dj skatesJune 14, 2012 - 2:24 am

    First time seeing your work. Incredibly creative!

  • Mr QuadoshJune 14, 2012 - 2:35 am

    Very creative. I really love it too

  • NGOZIJune 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 DressesJune 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!!!

  • ova-boutique.comJune 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 OloruntuyiJune 14, 2012 - 6:44 am

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

  • Victoria AkinyemiJune 14, 2012 - 7:03 am

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

  • bollyJune 14, 2012 - 7:19 am

    This is Aura cool! loving the creativity

  • Dani G NunooJune 14, 2012 - 7:21 am

    LMAO this was brilliant…wow.

  • Jide AlakijaJune 14, 2012 - 7:26 am

    Got me laughing…nice one.

  • Temi LJune 14, 2012 - 7:31 am

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

  • Kemi TogunJune 14, 2012 - 8:36 am

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

  • Kofo BJune 14, 2012 - 8:43 am


  • NKJune 14, 2012 - 8:57 am

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

  • efeJune 14, 2012 - 9:22 am

    Lol……..Very entertaining and creative

  • Kombo Buwa Inko-TariahJune 14, 2012 - 9:31 am

    Hahahahaha Obi this is amazing….

  • Yemi OsunkoyaJune 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 JacksonJune 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

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

  • Abby FayJune 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

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

  • F OBASOHANJune 14, 2012 - 10:45 am


  • Louisa CoulthurstJune 14, 2012 - 10:54 am

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

  • FemiJune 14, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Very creative and interesting… Good work to even capture this

  • TaiwoJune 14, 2012 - 12:10 pm

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

  • […] traditional engagement shoot, shot by Photography by Obi, you can see all the photographs here. The photographer claimed he decide to do the Barbie & Ken traditional engagement ceremony […]

  • GbengaJune 14, 2012 - 12:33 pm

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

  • MaryJune 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

  • MiSTJune 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

  • […] traditional Nigerian outfits are insane.  Take a look at this one-of-a-kind shoot put together by Obi Nwokedi and his wife.  Here’s what Obi had to say about this shoot… So I got bored sometime […]

  • AlexaJune 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…

  • yinkaJune 14, 2012 - 1:38 pm

    Way to go!

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 1:49 pm

    thanks Efe .. go right ahead 🙂

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    couldn’t help doing that last one 🙂

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    he smiles ….

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    cheers Jide

  • andrewJune 14, 2012 - 2:36 pm

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

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    Thanks Andrew 🙂

  • laoluJune 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 NwokediJune 14, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    thanks Dani

  • Call me mummy TolaJune 14, 2012 - 3:24 pm

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

  • Sheila Amaka OjeiJune 14, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    OMG! I love it…

  • Fadekemi Ashiru-BalogunJune 14, 2012 - 3:41 pm

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

  • AmakaJune 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 IsholaJune 14, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Wow!!!! This made my day!

  • Kole MjxJune 14, 2012 - 4:43 pm

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

  • ChiJune 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!

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    thanks Amaka

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    cheers Laolu

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 4:55 pm

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

  • Eniola Idris AlakijaJune 14, 2012 - 5:03 pm


  • Linda ProsperJune 14, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    I love this!!!!!

  • Artflow MagazineJune 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 PetersJune 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 KindaJune 14, 2012 - 7:03 pm

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

  • Ruby A. OluronbiJune 14, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    These are hilarious! Super cute and creative!

  • Niké KazzimJune 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 AdesojiJune 14, 2012 - 7:35 pm

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

  • Charlotte I-heartdayouthJune 14, 2012 - 8:11 pm

    yes I love these as well!!!

  • IjeomaJune 14, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    Thought this was great. love every bit

  • IjeomaJune 14, 2012 - 8:16 pm


  • Mina NyenkeJune 14, 2012 - 8:22 pm

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

  • BKJune 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 OdusanyaJune 14, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    Absolutely dope! Good work!

  • Obi Charles NwokediJune 14, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    thanks … guess you can 🙂

  • Tomi sJune 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. OluronbiJune 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???

  • YESJune 14, 2012 - 9:39 pm

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

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    awwww thanks Mina 🙂

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 10:28 pm

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

  • ObiJune 14, 2012 - 10:29 pm

    so nice of you 🙂

  • Tolu SangodeleJune 14, 2012 - 10:35 pm

    Absolutely lovely. I love it.

  • […] To see the complete photo series, then check out Obi’s blog site. […]

  • Udochi OnyekachiJune 14, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    WOW! this is brilliant!

  • Obi Charles NwokediJune 14, 2012 - 11:53 pm

    not yet Evelyn, but thanks

  • Stella DuruJune 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 YoungJune 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 FajimoluJune 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.

  • nikkJune 15, 2012 - 1:45 am

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

  • Heanyi 'Fox' Bob-NwachukwuJune 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 ImarenezorJune 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 CarJune 15, 2012 - 2:46 am


  • Christina Sola AbidakunJune 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.

  • kikiJune 15, 2012 - 4:21 am

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

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


  • Back2Eden DesignJune 15, 2012 - 4:38 am

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

  • tiaJune 15, 2012 - 5:53 am

    Super fabulous!

  • Solape OworuJune 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.

  • UcheJune 15, 2012 - 8:52 am

    Beautiful, fresh concept, celebration of our culture

  • BumyPerfectJune 15, 2012 - 10:19 am

    This is awesome man…..noicceeeeee

  • FunkeJune 15, 2012 - 10:22 am

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

  • Sweet Mama AfricaJune 15, 2012 - 10:48 am

    This freaking amazing. Pure creativity

  • GailJune 15, 2012 - 11:27 am

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

  • sharonJune 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 floJune 15, 2012 - 12:25 pm

    This is cute, i like it=)

  • LolaJune 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!

  • BelleNoirBrideJune 15, 2012 - 12:58 pm

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

  • Olatomi Oladunni KolawoleJune 15, 2012 - 2:02 pm

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

  • Adebayo DawoduJune 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

  • ObiJune 15, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    thanks Nicola

  • ObiJune 15, 2012 - 2:51 pm


  • Sophia DomevilleJune 15, 2012 - 4:58 pm

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

  • Adelaide DamoahJune 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.

  • […] You can see more on  Obi Nwokedi’s website( Click Here) […]

  • Criscilla StaffordJune 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!

  • JessicaJune 15, 2012 - 6:36 pm

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

  • Bugi BugiJune 15, 2012 - 9:28 pm


  • Obi Charles NwokediJune 15, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    we’ll see how it goes Stella 🙂

  • Omo TundeJune 15, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    absolutely love it! like wow!

  • @yosiJune 15, 2012 - 11:13 pm

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

  • Kiki KamanuJune 16, 2012 - 1:21 am

    My fave are the Louboutins! Classic

  • Lina AbdallahJune 16, 2012 - 6:55 am

    This is beautiful…can’t stop looking!

  • […] Images [Obi Nwokedi] […]

  • FrancaJune 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.

  • DennarJune 16, 2012 - 12:40 pm

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

  • J.O.NJune 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!

  • AdeJune 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 http://www.popable.com! 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 StitchJune 17, 2012 - 7:21 am

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

  • crystabel jideJune 17, 2012 - 10:59 am

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

  • MimiJune 17, 2012 - 1:05 pm

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

  • Ugo EduJune 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…

  • AlwinaJune 17, 2012 - 7:38 pm

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

  • AbiJune 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 MillsJune 18, 2012 - 11:17 am

    Absolutely fabulous.

  • Dami-lola JagunJune 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.

  • IbiJune 18, 2012 - 2:46 pm

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

  • KeshJune 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 SlavikJune 18, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    This is amazingly creative set! Congrats!

  • JenniferJune 19, 2012 - 4:12 am

    Good job! Very interesting A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ captivating.

  • TarenJune 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.

  • candigirlindmvJune 19, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Adorable, original and beautiful!

  • boluJune 19, 2012 - 9:38 am


  • EdidiongJune 19, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Really really nice!!!

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  • AggieJune 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 (www.blackbeautydolls.com) please pass through and say hi on the facebook page.


  • Play time… | Soul CanvasJune 20, 2012 - 1:01 am

    […] often had weddings too but none even remotely cool as this one! Take a look see below and jump on over to his website for the rest! She even has little Louboutins! – Photography by Obi http://photographybyobi.co.uk/ The […]

  • chiomaJune 20, 2012 - 1:30 am

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

  • omonaikeeJune 20, 2012 - 2:01 am

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

  • […] 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 OkpakaJune 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 NkeirukaJune 20, 2012 - 7:18 pm

    So creative! Love it! 🙂

  • Ericka SuzanneJune 21, 2012 - 7:21 am

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

  • NnennaJune 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-nieJune 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!!

  • […] According to Nwokedi, the shoot took up to five months and was inspired by a black barbie photo shoot done by Italian Vogue. Check out some of the shots below. You can view the full wedding on Obi Nwokedi’s website, Photography by Obi. […]

  • Adedoyin AyoadeJune 22, 2012 - 9:35 am

    Amazing,i LOVE it

  • […] traditional wedding from preparations to the marriage proper on Obi Nwokedi’s website click here. Meanwhile here are some […]

  • funkeJune 22, 2012 - 12:27 pm

    This is genius well captured…love the creativity

  • Hortense BakadalJune 23, 2012 - 2:20 pm


  • Solmid Royalty MakeoversJune 24, 2012 - 12:39 am

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

  • Rose Omane-FrempongJune 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!

  • […] more pictures from the shoot here.  Want to see the real deal, feast your eyes on this fusion Nigerian wedding. Spread the Love! […]

  • AdexJune 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 KazeemJune 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!

  • cassJune 25, 2012 - 7:15 pm

    i LOVE the last foto. bwahahahahaha!!!

  • jenyoJune 28, 2012 - 9:29 am

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

  • […] Nigerian wedding ceremony featuring black Barbie and Ken. The sumptuous 68-photo project he displays on his Web site captures a number of Yoruba wedding rituals — the presentation of the written wedding proposal to […]

  • beverlyJune 29, 2012 - 7:44 am

    hot stuff!

  • ToniJune 29, 2012 - 3:04 pm

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

  • YvonneJuly 3, 2012 - 3:35 pm

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

  • ChiJuly 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 BabsJuly 4, 2012 - 10:19 pm

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

  • […] It seems the intention was for this spread to be comical, and although I do see the light side of it and I laughed at times, I also found it quite touching. I wasn’t previously familiar with Nigerian wedding traditions, and the attention to detail in these photos is just spectacular. You can see the whole set on Obi Nwokedi’s website. […]

  • Fadekemi Ashiru-BalogunJuly 5, 2012 - 4:36 am

    Yes…..thank you for your kind words

  • […] You can find the pictures of her traditional Nigerian wedding on Obi’s website HERE. […]

  • LISA GALLAHARJuly 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.

  • SonjiJuly 7, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    love it

  • TolaniJuly 16, 2012 - 12:44 am

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

  • Ms. Ola BlessedJuly 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.

  • MeenaJuly 19, 2012 - 1:13 am

    Amazing! Beautiful! Really Wonderful. Well done!

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  • DiogoJuly 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..

  • TempleJuly 24, 2012 - 3:13 am

    Great job Obi. More grace.

  • dimoJuly 24, 2012 - 3:37 am

    this is nice… great one!

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  • Adenike Olatunji-AkioyeAugust 8, 2012 - 6:25 pm

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

  • tanya LoveAugust 10, 2012 - 1:43 am

    Very creative…am intrigued

  • Ashabi Aya AtandaAugust 12, 2012 - 7:41 am

    I love dis

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  • Jacquie Maame AdubofuorSeptember 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. jadubofuor@hotmail.com

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  • FolaSeptember 26, 2012 - 6:17 am

    Fantastic!!!!! Welldone

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  • Omonigho ObonnaOctober 15, 2012 - 10:47 pm

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

  • julianaOctober 21, 2012 - 5:59 am

    u r gifted!!!!

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  • Nana OseiOctober 31, 2012 - 6:04 am

    It’s about time they got married.

  • DareNovember 3, 2012 - 11:36 am

    Good Job I must commend!

  • NkemNovember 4, 2012 - 2:20 am

    This is beautifull,fantastic good creative

  • Heather NicoleNovember 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.

  • TabsNovember 24, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    Very creative! Well done 🙂

  • Nathalie ManzilaDecember 22, 2012 - 10:49 pm

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

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  • shallie's purple BeehiveJanuary 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 FaboyaMarch 22, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Really enjoyed myself!

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  • Kaseem JesulobaApril 5, 2013 - 8:03 pm

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

  • Seun SolankeApril 18, 2013 - 10:34 am

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

  • Toks Towobola-DemideApril 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 YemiApril 28, 2013 - 9:26 am

    Barbie and Ken Nigerian Wedding

  • Kunle AmooJune 22, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    This is really nice.

  • 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

  • ObiJuly 23, 2013 - 8:57 am

    of course you can

  • Colin GayleNovember 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

  • LauraNovember 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.

  • NancyNovember 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 HarunaNovember 26, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    Love this

  • Anita Tolbert-LockhartNovember 27, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    Amazing, PRICELESS………….

  • AnonymousJanuary 20, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Beautiful images, I am sure they were very pleased.
    I have been following your work for some time and I have to say your talent is immense. You can also visit : http://bassem.ca

  • Oby OdinksAugust 8, 2014 - 10:51 am

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

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