Nigeria & West Africa’s No. 1 Gem & Jewelry event – the Craft Fest Jewelry Show – gets into full swing as it welcomes thousands of local and international buyers and sellers into the exhibition hall of the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The complete list of Bellafricana ACE Awards nominees have been released and it is with great pleasure to see that well deserving brands made it on…
Adding value and creating impact is a noble cause that should be awarded. This by no means undermines or belittles the efforts of the brands that weren’t nominated, far from it.
It is with great pleasure I want you to meet Jumoke Dada, a lovely and focused lady who is the Founder and CEO of Tǽillo. Jumoke has a great vision for the future of Nigeria and Africa which she has translated into her furniture.
She makes exquisitely crafted furniture using Aso Oke and Ankara fabrics. These furniture forms one of the best use of creativity in aesthetic ambience, that I have come across where furniture is concerned.
Because these fabrics not only carry the essence of our African heritage but also comes in various beautiful colours, I will say, Jumoke has gifted us with a modern antique of our time. I know you want to meet this specially talented lady. Let’s meet her…
We are pleased to announce that the first edition of The Sole Adventurer digital magazine is finally out!
This issue highlights Nigeria’s presence at the 12th edition of the Dak’Art Biennale in Senegal as we profile the five Nigerian artists featured alongside other international artists. Bapstiste Madinier gives an overview of the biennale and highlights some of its challenges, while in a conversation with Simon Njami Artistic Director of the 12th Dak’Art Biennale, Bukola Oye navigates the basis for the theme and the urgent need to reignite an African dream and hope in Africa…
I came across Stephanie’s Illustrations on Instagram and she caught my attention. I almost felt like a proud sister, and immediately reposted her creative art. I became interested to get to know her more and to hear her story. She is a computer scientist turned painter and Illustrator. Let’s meet her.
Owusu-Ankomah is a Ghanaian contemporary artists popularly known for his use of Adinkra symbol in his artworks. His work deals with identity and body, with the use of Adinkra symbols which has numerous motifs. Owusu-Ankomah re-interpreted their sybolischen content in an art context, where many of the original content remains.
Ghada Amer is an Egyptian-born American painter, sculptor, illustrator, performer, garden designer, and installation artist. She went to United States at age 11 and had her education at Villa Arson, EPIAR Nice where she studied painting and received her MFA in 1989, and the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Art Plastique in Paris. Her work explores and expresses the submission of women to the tyranny of domestic life, the celebration of female sexuality and pleasure, the incomprehensibility of love, the foolishness of war and violence, and an overall quest for formal beauty.
Chéri Samba is one of those self taught painter through whom urban sign art was given international recognition. Chéri Samba is a billboard painter and a comic artist based in Kinshasa. He is the son of a blacksmith father and his mother a farmer who got his breakthrough from the exhibition Les Magiciens de la Terre ( Curator : Jean Hubert Martin) at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1989.
I had the opportunity to meet this talented young man at the Creative Focus event I attended last year. It was almost as though we have met before, as he was friendly and humorous. His name is Yelloseesee (and no it’s not a nickname, he mentioned) Uwaoma, a professional IT Engineer turned artist. An artist who creates classic ink arts using regular pen. Let’s meet him…
Olawunmi Banjo is one of the premium realists with well detailed finishing. She attended the Pan African University, Lagos, Nigeria where she studied Entrepreneurship. Olawunmi is a self developed Artist who loved drawing and painting as a kid, this made her develop a strong passion for her career. Her work captures the ideology that portrays deep and everyday social realities that confronts most societies.
The French bazaar was held on the 6th of December in Lagos. Most artisans came from different states in Nigeria to exhibit varieties of products; hand made jam, arts, crafts, sculptures, scented candles, unique gift items and many more. Bellafricana was amongst the artisans, as always, I saved you some interesting pictures..
Jonathan “Mavua” Lessor ( born on 26 November, 1960 ) hails from Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. He had his early education in Warri, Delta State. In 1986, he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND), Upper Credit, in painting at Auchi Polytechnic and did his National Youth Service at the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta from 1986-1987.
Lagos Nigeria is arguably the largest city in Africa with the population standing at 17.5 million at 2006 and 21 million in the present day after growing at a rate of 3.2%. This state in Nigeria constitutes the bulk of the producers and consumers of goods and services and it’s also the prime beneficiary of development in the country perhaps the reason for massive influx of individuals from other states and countries.