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Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 4, 2019
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Nigerian artist, Toyin Odutola, is now the third highest paid Nigerian artist, after her drawing, ‘Compound Leaf‘ was sold for £471,000 (N215 million) at the Sotheby. According to reports, Odutola’s groundbreaking sales have surpassed sales made by artists like Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, and the legendary Ben Enwonwu.

Art as a coping mechanism: For Odutola, art serves as her coping mechanism since she moved from Nigeria to America as a child. The shock from her transition resulted in her questioning her identity. She began drawing to escape from her thoughts which further transformed into an “investigative, learning activity” for her.

Speaking with Vogue about how art helped her escape, she said, “I was obsessed. Capturing everything I saw and being fascinated with the incredibly simple task of looking at something and transmitting it onto paper. It’s immediate magic.”

Odutola creates multimedia drawings on various surfaces, investigating formulaic representations and how such images can be unreliable, systemic and socially-coded.

Exhibitions: Odutola has participated in so many exhibitions at various institutions, such as The Drawing Center, New York (2018—19); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017—18); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2016). She also exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2015, 2012); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (2013); and Menil Collection, Houston, (2012).

Her collections: Her permanent collections include Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art and New Orleans Museum of Art. Odutola’s collections have also been displayed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, Honolulu Museum of Art, and the National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian).


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 20, 2019
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It has often been said that the gift of a person makes a way. This belief has always proven to be true in many situations and the case of Eli Waduba is no different. Eli is a young, talented Nigerian who hails from Kaduna. This youth specialises in the art of drawing hyper-realistic paintings which have been regarded over time as world class.

With all his talent and prowess in making exquisite paintings, Eli has never so much been recognised but all this changed when he drew a hyper-realistic portrait of American actor and comedian Kevin Hart.

Like he would normally have done, the young Eli shared the beautiful painting of the actor across his social media platforms. Then he asked others to help retweet so that the Hollywood act could see it and probably appreciate his handiwork.

Seeing the artistic beauty for what it was, many people took to sharing the portrait and calling the actor’s attention to it till finally he saw it. After seeing it, Kevin Hart did not just acknowledge the portrait with a slight nod, he was totally wowed by the work of art.

Given the fact that he was totally impressed by Eli’s hyper-realistic painting of him, Kevin took to his Twitter page to gush over the portrait in several tweets.

The Nigerian boy was recently featured on Steve Tv and Americans were really amazed with his works and since then, the boy have turned into an international painter.

 


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 18, 2019
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Different folks with different views and perspective. Tires are cars essential parts, without them, the car good as a statue.

Nigerians have a bad habit of disposing of used and bad tires anyhow, a visit to some other parts of the country will show you that tires are disposed of carelessly save for some companies who are recycling it and using it for shoes and other items.

Nkwocha Ernest is a Lagos-based artist who creates artwork pieces using condemned and used tires.

Ernest saw these and decided to make something out of it. He sees it as a monument with which he can make something beautiful from, with this little gesture, he has become an internet sensation.

See more of his works below…


SeunRNSeptember 14, 2017
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The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, says he would not be attending a meeting with the South East governors earlier scheduled for Friday, September 15th. Kanu and the governors met on August 30th where they discussed the crisis that has erupted since the group began its agitation for the creation of Biafra and how the agitation can be done peacefully.
In a statement released yesterday, Kanu said he would not be attending the meeting because he has it on good authority that some military men have been stationed in Enugu state to attack and kill him. Part of his statement reads
“In view of the concerted effort by the oppressive Nigerian state to shatter the peace and tranquillity of the South-East and the rest of Biafraland through military intimidation, it has become necessary for me to clarify why, regrettably, I may not be able to attend Friday’s meeting with the South-East governors as earlier agreed, for three main reasons.
“We are currently busy attending to our dead and injured from this latest round of unprovoked military onslaught against innocent civilians in our own land. All the casualties so far were shot by men of the Nigerian Army deployed in my house and those stationed along motorways leading into Umuahia, my hometown.
“I have been reliably informed also that a detachment of this same soldiers, responsible for the murder of innocent unarmed IPOB family members, have now been stationed near Enugu to ambush and assassinate me on my way to the meeting with the governors on Friday.
“On that same Friday, the 15th of September, 2017, the leadership of IPOB, through the instrumentality of the Directorate of State, headquartered in Germany, will be meeting to vote on the viability or otherwise of continuing our struggle in this non-violent manner. There is urgent need to begin the process of defending ourselves in the face of relentless murderous attacks from the Nigerian state.”
The leader of the secessionist group said the security situation in the South East is not conducive for any meaningful discussion to take place
“Accordingly, we will not engage in any meeting with anybody until the atmosphere is conducive and peaceful enough to allow for such” he said