2018 International Women’s Day: Showcasing African women in Arts
The international women’s day was celebrated all over the world by women of all class, status, position, profession, colour and race. Nigeria was not left out as women of different fields converged to tackle women related issues; amongst them is the Female artists association of Nigeria. Taiwo Akintunde and Maha Olatokunbo write on the untapped potentials of women in the creative industry.
The Female artists association of Nigeria (FEAAN) for the past six years has been celebrating the international contemporary visual arts exhibition based on the international women’s day theme.
This year the theme, #pressforprogress is very timely.
With the 2017 World Economic Forum’s global gender gap report’s finding which reports that gender parity is over 200 years away, the female artists join the campaign for accelerating gender parity. Despite the delay, women are encouraged not to relent as they strive to move forward in every area of their endeavor.
This year’s event was marked by an art exhibition at the Nike Art Gallery in Lekki area of Lagos, featuring over 40 artists showcasing their works, and over a 100 works arts were displayed.
Most of the works exhibited portrayed the theme #timeisnow #pressforprogress. It was a razzmatazz and a host of guests and foreign dignitaries were present.
Some of the artists highlighted the inspiration behind their works, amongst them are:
Lady Ngozi Rosemary Akande
National President, Female Artists Association of Nigeria and the Deputy director National Council for Arts and Culture Lady Ngozi Rosemary Akande, is a 1986 graduate of Fine Arts and a Masters’ Degree holder in Arts history from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
She works in different Media including Installation, Pastel, Mixed Arts, Oil and Water Colour, etc. Her paintings have won several national acclaim. One of her works, “life after food”(1992) was used by world health organization(WHO) to promote breast feeding in government general hospitas in Nigeria for a period of 10years. According to her women are now proud of their profession as artists and more are encouraged to come out and be bold about it.
Omovo Ayoola Oluwaseun
Omovo is one of Nigeria’s exciting emerging artists. She studied Painting at the University of Benin, Edo state and also obtained a Diploma Certificate in Arts and Designs from the Institute of Textile Technology Arts and Designs (ITTAD).
She has taken part in numerous local and international exhibitions. Her works are characterized by black and white rendition technique. Aside teaching Arts at Lycee Francais Louis Pastuer and True Light Missionary Academy, both in Lagos, she is a member of society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) Lagos, Art zero Group, Beyond Borders Association and the Coordinator, FEAAN South West Zone.
In 2017, she participated in several exhibitions including a major one held at the Consular General of the United States of America’s residence organised by Delta Air in December.
In 2013 she was commissioned to execute a job for Egypt Air. She received a LBHF painting award from the Lagos Black Heritage Festival titled; “Wall of prison to field of freedom”.
Aisha’s works are widely collected here in Nigeria and abroad. Her works are majorly Mixed Media, and are inspired by her environment.
Funmi is a self-taught experimental artist working in painting, Mixed Media and drawing. With a background in Medical Science, Public Health and Environmental Science, her works spans across science, culture, environment, and art within the socio-science sphere of Nigeria society and the globe at large.
She experiments with various found objects especially waste in order to promote recycling/waste management.
She bagged her first Degree in Biomedical Technology from the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) and a Master’s Degree in environmental Health Services, University of Ibadan (UI).
She emerged a finalist in the 2015 National Arts competition under the African Artists Foundation.
Evelyn has a perspective mind for creative details and an eye for images. She is a multi-talented artist based in Lagos. Evelyn finds her voice through diverse arts, especially Photography. She creates pictorial and written narratives that celebrate the beauty of Africa and its people.
She is a journalist currently working at the Nation Newspaper, Lagos. She has featured in exhibitions across the nation. Evelyn engages in poetry performance and other advocacies fostering better rights for children and women.
Hafsat is a creative artist who touches various medium from color pencils to oil painting, fabric paints designs among others.
As a talented child in art, her early days weren’t unnoticed by her family who encouraged her passion. She graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University with a B.A in Fine Arts. She has participated in a series of exhibitions.
Igbinovia omon- Sophia
Sophia studied at Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State. She had participated in the Agbarha-Otor Harmattan Workshop several times, where she continues to improve on her creative ideas. She was in the graphic team of the 2015 COSON-AFRIMA Awards.
She also featured in the book “The Arts of Nigerian Women” authored by Chukwuemeka Ben Bosah in 2017.