Kalenga Nkonge, aka Bonkoti, is a Lusaka based photographer. He is also a qualified journalist and a trained carpenter. Kalenga worked as a radio DJ for several years and was known as Daddy O, the number one psychedelic soul brother.
Kalenga began using a camera as a tool for visual story-telling by capturing his everyday experience of Lusaka. He began using his phone – taking photos of his surroundings during walks into Chainda Market, Freedom Way, City Market and Kamwala. What drives Nkonge’s photographic work is a keen desire to tell stories that we may otherwise miss or not think to document.
Often referred to as a street photographer, Kalenga doesn’t embrace that label. While he shoots a lot of street photography, he also does portraiture, documentary photography and other forms of photography. He simply wants to be known as a photographer, without labels and classifications.