baby oku (2021), acrylic and ink on canvas (122cm x 91cm).
“Bold and unapologetic in her attire and demeanour, ‘baby oku’ encapsulates all things Afropolitan: forward-thinking, progressive, uninhibited, and self-aware, yet still rooted, albeit loosely, in the expectations, duty and responsibility that customs and traditions call for.
How a culture survives depends on its people’s capacity to learn and transmit it to succeeding generations. In post-colonial Nigeria, many older Igbo traditions and rites became obsolete as customs faded and gave way to pervasive western systems. Through my art, I would like to provide viewers with an understanding of Nigeria’s rich legacy and educate a wider audience on the symbolic practices of our forebears before it is lost entirely.”
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