Essien was born and raised in Nigeria. He's always known he had a passion for creating Art. He came to the United States at a young age with a bag of dreams and ambition. He enjoyed creating beauty and fashion images inspired by his background and roots in Africa. This prompted him to get his first camera, and He's been shooting ever since.
Essien is currently a commercial photographer and educator based in Minneapolis. His work focuses on fashion, beauty and portraiture. His love for bold colors and beauty can be seen in editorial magazines and publications like Bet, Yahoo, Krowd Magazine Canada, 7hues Magazine, Shade Room, Fashion 360 Magazine and advertising campaigns like Skyy vodka.