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Michael Aboya also known by the artist name Aboya.8 is a Ghanaian photographer from Accra, Ghana.[1]

Early life and career[]

Aboya schooled at the Dzorwulu Junior High School and later studied Visual Arts at the Kaneshie Senior High and Technical School. He took a serious interest in arts and photography in 2013, at the age of 19.

He went on to study software programming although with no particular interest in it, but a mere attempt to please his parents.[2] After losing his father to cancer in August 23, 2016, he went on to pursue his dreams of becoming a photographer.

Aboya dropped out of school and spent his little savings to get a Canon T3 and Canon EF 70mm – 300mm camera and lens respectively.[3]

In January 2017 he started his professional career as a photographer. Already in 2019 the jury of the Agora Awards noted that “He shoots people for who they are and not what they are, He is the author Of the best photograph in the world 2019 “Songs OF Freedom” in Spain, Barcelona.[4][5][6]

He is a winner of three global awards, Best Eyes in the World 2018,[7] best sound image in the world 2018,[3] best horse rider image 2018, and best portrait for humanity 2020.[8][9]


  • Michael exhibited his work with Atlas of Humanity, a photographic journey around the beauty of cultural diversity in Paris, 8–10 November 2019.[10]
  • Exhibited with African Photo Festival New York at The National Black Theater in Harlem.[11]
  • Lucid Moments Exhibition Ghana.
  • Return to the future Exhibition Ghana.

Magazine Features[]

  • Michael Aboya's image "Songs of Freedom" was made cover photo of Photographers Without Boarders Magazine #12.[12]
  • He was featured in the Africa World Airline Magazine. Fly Africa Issue 7.[13]

Notable Mentions[]

  • He was featured By Forbes.[5]
  • He was mentioned as 1 of 20 photographers and visual artists, all from African countries defying the usual orientalist tropes associated with Africa.[14]
  • He was featured by SLR Lounge. "Grand Prize Winner Announced for the Best Photo of the Year at the 2019 Agora Awards".[15]
  • Reclaim The Narrative: Michael Aboya.[16]


  2. Ababio, Jesse. "Ghanaian Photographer Michael Aboya Wins "The Best Photo of the Year" By Agora Images - Kuulpeeps - Ghana Campus News and Lifestyle Site by Students". Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 By (2018-07-31). "Photo Contest Winner: Interview With Michael Aboya". The Agora Review. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  4. Mensah, Jeffrey (2019-11-09). "Young Ghanaian photographer shot the world's Best Photo in 2019; wins $25k cash". - Ghana news. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
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  6. "Ghanaian wins Best Photo of the Year at Agora Awards". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  7. By (2019-01-10). "#Eyes 2018 Hero: an AGORA photo Contest winner!". The Agora Review. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  8. "Meet Michael Aboya the winner of Best Photo of the Year at Agora Awards". 2019-11-11. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  9. "The Winner Of The Agora Awards 2019 Competition Is A Self-Taught Ghanaian Photographer". Bored Panda. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  10. "Diversity - Portuguese photographers exhibit at the Atlas of Humanity - Plataforma". Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  11. "Africa Photo Festival New York August 25 & 26, 2018 | | The African Journal Online". 2018-08-16. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  12. "PWB ONLINE MAG". Photographers Without Borders. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  13. "FLYafrica Magazine, Issue 7". Land and Marine. 2020-02-07. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  14. read, Sacred Footsteps Reclaim 51 min (2019-02-14). "#ReClaim the Narrative: African Photographers to Follow". Sacred Footsteps. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  15. "Grand Prize Winner Announced for the Best Photo of the Year at the 2019 Agora Awards". SLR Lounge. 2019-11-11. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  16. Jensen, Jeppe Sinding (2016-11-03). Stausberg, Michael; Engler, Steven, eds. "Narrative". The Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198729570.001.0001. ISBN 9780198729570. Retrieved 2020-04-06.

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