Osheyi Adebayo is a talented illustrator, graphics and print designer. His portfolio has a variety of different projects including an impressive amount of posters, exhibitions designs, and books. One of the most notable projects he has worked on is a book on Nigerian afrobeat musician and songwriter, Lagbaja. His latest project, Hausa People is an educative and vibrant book that celebrates the culture and history of the Hausa people.
While Hausa people are predominantly based in northern Nigeria and southern Niger, significant numbers also reside in Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, and Senegal. The book traces the culture from its earliest recorded history to contemporary celebrations and social norms. It also contains a plethora of photographs depicting Hausa garments, architecture, and nobility.
For this project, Osheyi started some years ago before completing it in late 2016. He not only used that time to gather information and do accurate research, he also decided on the aesthetic of the book. His choice of colours is also perfect for the book as Hausa culture is extremely vibrant.
Speaking with Konbini about his main reason for making the book and what influenced his decision to focus the book entirely on Hausa people, he said:
"The main reason (for making the book) was to showcase the history and culture of the Hausa people through a vibrant and artistic editorial display. I originally planned to make a series on different tribes of Nigeria, but only ended up doing the Hausa first."
You can follow Osheyi's work on his Behance here and take a look at some excerpts from Hausa People below.