Laeïla Adjovi is a Beninese and French storyteller. She grew up in Gabon and South Africa, studied in France, lived in India and New-Caledonia, before working as a radio reporter for the BBC from Dakar, Senegal. As a reporter and photojournalist, she covered West and Central Africa, while developing a visual craft rooted in the practice of film photography. Writer, photographer and visual artist, she navigates between creative documentary and fine art photography. Her favorite themes revolve around African religious practices, multilayered identities, mobility, migrations and borders.
In May 2018, her project ‘Malaïka Dotou Sankofa’, in collaboration with Loïc Hoquet, won the Grand prize of the Dakar contemporary art biennial.
Since late 2018, she has been working on a book ( texts and photography) and a radio documentary, The roads of Yemoja, about a West African deity whose rites travelled across the Atlantic during the slave trade. This field research took place in Nigeria, Benin and Cuba.