The annual Nigerian International Book Fair was held recently at the Multi-purpose hall, University of Lagos where authors, publishers and book lovers had the opportunity to meet and discuss about books as well as transact business.
Victor Ehikhamenor is a multi talented and an award winning Nigerian writer, visual artist, and photographer. He grew up in an art home with maternal grandfather; a very successful blacksmith, paternal grandmother a cloth weaver and an uncle who is a renowned photographer. So to him art was a natural and gradual development due to his background. Ehikhamenor’s influence comes from traditional African motifs and religious cosmology.
BoConcept opens a special exhibition featuring artworks by Peju Alatise and Yetunde Babaeko’s photography which is tagged as “Art Meets Design“. The exhibition is aimed at establishing a connection between Nigerian arts and contemporary Scandinavian furniture, which comes with functional designs.
Wisdom “Wiz” Kudowor is a prominent Ghanaian contemporary visual artist. To some, he is known as a trans-cultural visionary. He studied fine art at the College of Art at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi and graduated with a first class honours degree in fine arts in 1981.
Tola Wewe is said to be one of the most talented minds from the African continent. He started as a cartoonist before becoming a full time studio artist in 1991. He attended University of Ife in 1983, where he bagged a degree in Fine Art. In 1986, he went further to obtain a Masters degree in African Visual Arts from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
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…
Sam Ovraiti is a renowned visual artist and one of the few water colour artist in Nigeria. He attended Auchi Polytechnic where he graduated with distinctions in General Art & Painting, he went further to obtain a Masters degree in Fine Art from the University of Benin, Edo State. He has won several national and academic awards including 1st prize winner at the Mobil Producing National Painting Competition.
Chief Muraina Oyelami is a man of two worlds, popularly known as a master painter a great performing artist in music and theatre. He is a product of the famous Oshogbo Art Movement initiated by Professor Ulli Beier and his wife Georgina Beier. In 1964, he started his career as an artist. He studied technical theatre and specialized in theatre design at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, where he later taught traditional music from 1975 to 1987.