Multidisciplinary art director Niyi Okeowo talks to us about his decade-long career, music, working as art director on Fireboy DML's Apollo, and his ideas for creating alternative virtual experiences.
Niyi Okeowo has carved a unique path for himself. A multidisciplinary creative, he dabbles between photography and graphic design and relative interests like 3D and animation.
As a teenager Niyi equipped himself digitally through the internet, watching tutorial videos and soon took up graphic designing. Having studied Mass Communication at Covenant University, his work has been nothing short of spectacular, given the professional exposure to communications. He knows the different languages people speak and takes the time to interpret them visually.
Niyi Okeowo consistently and impeccably combines popular elements with personal interests like bright colors, music, social and political issues—especially mental health, a largely unacknowledged reality in Nigeria.
In this interview, Niyi Okeowo speaks to OkayAfrica about his decade-long career, music, working as art director on Apollo, the sophomore album of Nigerian Afro Life artist Fireboy DML, and his ideas on creating alternative virtual experiences.
This interview has been edited for clarity and context.