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Walking the Runway to Starting Up Potential Fashion Empires

Gone are the days whereby, men rule the entrepreneurial world as women are now very much involved in business. Among top 10 ruling businesses in the world, 35% are owned by women.

Female owned entrepreneurs have not been caught to be lagging behind as we have seen the steady increase of young female involvement in the various diversified businesses, most especially within the world of fashion.

The year 2018/2019 winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) and Founder, Uzoleatheratelier, Anita Ukah exclusively takes theparakeetshow.com into the journey of her fashion entrepreneurship.

 

Happiness Irabor writes the excerpts:

 

How did you feel competing against other young beautiful women as yourself, then did you still feel like you stood a chance at winning the crown?

Not at all, I guess I was more focused on what the journey leading to the finals would be like. For me, purchasing the MBGN form meant I believed in myself that I could win the crown, of which, I gave it my best.

How did you feel when you were announced the winner?

I was overwhelmed. I was in shock for the first few seconds and just stood there. I was beyond happy.

What has been your greatest motivation thus far?

The plans I have for myself, knowing how far I have come, what I have accomplished, where I want to be and who I want to be, pushes and motivates me.

Anita Ukah, Eko Atlantic Energy City, 2019 Photocredit: @hamidayodeji

How has your the journey into entrepreneurship been since you launched your Bag and accessories company, Uzoleatheratelier?

Uzoleatheratelier is a luxury brand that specializes in leather products such as, hand bags. Initially, I wasn’t able to push my brand as much as I would have loved to, as a result of time management. But consequently, I have been able to put more focus on my Brand and I’m happy with the results so far.

Do you see the brand growing into manufacturing male and female wears?

I have released a new collection of female handbags bags for the Uzoleatheratelier brand, so, for now it is just female bags and accessories that are being designed and curated. On the bright side, I am working towards expanding and incorporating a unisex collection as well, in the nearest future.

Via: @uzoleatheratelier

What are some of your health and lifestyle routines that keep you glowing and beautiful?

I am currently making a conscious effort to eat healthy, have lots of fruits and water.

What are the five things you cannot have a perfect day without?

A prayer, my phone and lip gloss . . . lol

What advice do you have for aspiring models who are working towards becoming top models?

My advice would be, they should be vigilant and aware, to avoid falling into the wrong hands; as there are lots of saddening stories relating to this these days. To put in heart into what you love, because that is one way to get the best out of it.

And most importantly, believe in yourself and don’t let anyone convince you that you’re not good enough.

 

 

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Edge of Twenty

Daniel Igenewari

If I walk out the gates at twenty

I want my footprints hanging over the heart of the city

Rather that than a shadow of cloud at seventy.
Rather that than a sullen eye at ninety with a path I no longer see.
But twenty is walking past
Still I’m a toddler at the feet
Stranded at the edge of the universe,
Not knowing what path leads off the sea.
Knowing not what path lands me on the throne.
I asked the grey-bearded man
Surely he should know.
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He raised a weary face to mine
Eyes gone pale, blinded by cataract’s,
The kind only regrets bring.
He said, “Son no one knows if you don’t.
The music of life plays a different tone at divers tempo for us all. Dance the music of the night or miss the morning light”.
If I walk out the gate today
Would it cause a ripple in the sea of dreams.
The dream of the universe.
Or would the rivers flow with joy?
For my time of hope is up
And I might jump tonight.
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Model: @_peggie_g
Photographer: @hamidayodeji
Set Assistant: Seun Ogunlesi
Set Location: @wrapafrica_ studios
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An African Giant

Hamid Ayodeji

A true legacy dies when it is about to birth a younger tribe, sprung from freedom seeking energy and spirits.

This is the time to be alive as a Nigerian and African, considering how African art is at its peak and being exported to the rest of the world for consumption once again. Owing to this, reviewing ancient and modern art without giving due accolades to what Nigerian artists brought and are still bringing to the artistic world cannot hold much water.

Hence, taking a peek at the booming musical culture of the continent, it can be pointed out that Afro-beat has earned its place on the global stage, anchored by Nigerian artist such as, Fela Anikulapo Kuti whose era of Afro-beat sound spreading like wild fire globally, coupled with powerful sounds and lyrics showed the universe that Africa had a lot to teach and influence using art as the medium of expression.

Show casing a vibe that was not heard of or experienced yet as at that time with his Instruments, dance, lifestyle, as well as passion Fela educated the world on the depth of which corruption had eaten its way down to the roots of the country and how the Armed forces harassed civilians who spoke up against the wrong doings of the government, at that time.

The phase of his physical assaults by the Armed Forces is in line with a cruel government that thinks not the social development and well being of its citizens which eventually led to a platoon of soldiers storming his Resident at Ojuelegba, (the first Kalakuta Republic) in order to brutalize the people they met.

This operation by the Nigerian Armed Forces that very day as far as history is concerned, recorded the death of Mrs Funmilayo Ransom Kuti, who leaped to the Heavens after she was thrown from the balcony of the building by soldiers.

“Zombie, oh, zombie, Zombie no go go unless you tell am to go, Zombie no go stop unless you tell am to stop. No brake, no jam, no sense,” he sang on his 1976 song titled, Zombie.

Funmilayo Ransom Kuti

The departure of Mrs Funmilayo Ransom Kuti from our world, during the 1978 military regime, at Felas’s Kalakuta Republic, took a part of him that could never be entirely replaced by any other feeling creating music and illuminating the world with his sound could ever offer.

Officially, nobody was held accountable for this gruesome act. However, this did not stop the music god from searching for inner peace and clarity as shortly after, Fela was known to be affiliated with a Ghanaian sorcerer, Professor Hindu, who acted as his spiritual adviser.

According to his son, Femi Kuti, in Veal’s book, “Fela changed when Hindu came into his life. Everyone now got worried because Fela wouldn’t listen to anyone except for Hindu.

“My mother said I should come out of it because it was getting too diabolical and deceitful. But I told her If i leave him now, it is possible he will get killed and we will lose him forever.

“I felt this because Hindu once told Fela that if he wore a special African bulletproof vest, they could shoot him and he wouldn’t die. To prove it, Hindu got a gun and put the jacket on a goat and fired six shots to show it really worked. Later, we found out he had used blanks. But my father thought this was wonderful and he wanted to put the jacket on himself. Luckily, his elder brother said “Let’s try it on another goat, just in case. So they took this double-barreled gun–and the goat died. And Fela cried and cried. Obviously, they were cheating him”

Fela Anikulapo kuti was not just any other musical genius; he always looked for perfection and justice in everything he was conscious of, which birth an evergreen culture that can never leave those it came in contact with.

 

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Modern Slavery

Daniel Igenewari

At first, when the Europeans came to the shores of Africa on their vessels and ships; bearing gifts, business ventures, religion and the excitement of a different human skin. Africa was nothing but the welcoming host.

The rest might be history but the consequences are very much present, looking at the poverty levels in most African states, with that becoming a cloud over the West or the tumults in the South, one can’t help but wonder, ‘what if Africa was not an innocent host opening its borders, homes and sacred grounds to these early explorers looking to expand boundaries and establish new politicking and business ventures? What if she had been warned of the intentions of her guests, would Africa be far more developed and in better shape today? Or would she have remained the ‘primitive’ continent it was? These are things we will never know. And the past can’t be changed.

The future, however, is once again taking the shape of the past but with a different face. David Rothschild once said, ”Give me control of finance and I do not care who rules the country”.

Gone are the days of men who honored their words, that isn’t a bankable currency anymore, money controls everything now. The economy of a country goes to define the energy levels of other sectors. And China is in a pole position of controlling the African economy, maybe the dream of Late General Muammar Gaddafi, of a unified monetary system would be realized, under a foreign rule, which would be a major win for the Chinese ”to hell with America being leaders of the free world, we have Africa”.

”To have 54 African nations as friends is very important to China,” says Jing Gu, Director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development in East Sussex.

China has been in contact with Africa in the past, but that cannot measure with the focus China has put into implementing its theories in Africa, of recent. A ground where they can test, learn and build monuments that would stand for years to come, all at same time. It is an incredible plan, well executed too, and African leaders act unaware to it.

According to the Center for Global Development, china provided $75 billion in aid to Africa for a rough total of 1673 projects as of 2010. By 2012 that amount has increased to $200 billion and it is growing rapidly.

Since then they have loaned African countries funds for projects, which are then contracted back to China. Buying farmlands and generating some revenue and many of its citizens already settled in the continent.

Scholarships have been made available for African student interested in studying in China, young Africans getting familiar with Chinese culture. China is here to stay, here for the future.

Among projects executed by china in Africa is the 20 story African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, a $200 million gift to Africa, built in 2012. China had initially offered to configure the systems and networks, an offer which was refused by African leaders. Five years later, January 2017 it was discovered that hidden around the AU headquarters where spywares which sent collected data at night back to China. Imagine the blow over this information would have led to.

But this is Africa, so, Chinese leaders denied having anything to do with it, but more interesting was that there was no condemnation whatsoever of the act by African leaders. No international sanctions. No broken deals. No, Africa is either too hooked or too timid to bite the mouth that seem to be feeding her.

Be it Technology, inferior products, loans, gifts or deals, Africa has accepted it all from China and they are here to stay. It is Africa who has to figure out what she wants and protect her interest.

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Seasons Pass

The Journey and Sunshine made my skin dark as clay and with each step Angels were my light, night and day.

The stars were lit, the moon full so as every string was struck in accordance to every note, the Angels led the way.

Every symphony birth from the beauty emitting from your smiles and gestures was so much a sign that this piece, I no go fit throw wey.

As the leafs dropped from the the tree’s branches, down to the streets, due to the freezing wind lingering upon it, I watched from a distance wishing you were next to me.

Fancy leather boots from the store with shinny glass windows and I was reminded with you it is all or nothing.

If love could dare wither away as quickly as these leafs or leather on these boots, I never loved you truly.

H.

Photo Credit: Hamid Ayodeji

 

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Revenge Porn: Sharing Nude Online without Consent Will Land You in Jail

I AM A VICTIM!!!!!!!!!!

My name is Mira, a 300 level student in one of the most prestigious university in Nigeria studying communication, whilst also training to be an On air Personality as I wish to become a full time on air personality someday. But waking up this morning, checking my social media account, to find the greatest shock of my life: MY NUDE PICTURE IS EVERYWHERE ONLINE!!!!!!! With my name tagged on it and millions of comments. Everything I ever imagined to be came crashing down.

Who on earth could be responsible for this? Only one person’s name could come to mind, which was Dave Matthews my supposed ‘Ex-Boyfriend’ who had threatened to leak my nudes’ online if I ever ended the relationship.

I met Dave Matthews at a red carpet event in Lagos, where we connected instantly, so we started dating. We saw each other a lot, mostly because we were able to get in touch whenever we felt like it. But I started suspecting and hearing rumours of Dave cheating on me. Anytime I confronted him, he usually denies it until I caught him red handed. He came back and apologised and I told him this time, we are so done. Then he decided to take the rough part telling me if he can’t have me then nobody else will. He threatened to leak my nudes which I sent to him during the course of the relationship during our freaky moment. Don’t judge me, I love him and I did everything I could to hold on to him. What Dave Matthews did is a perfect example of what we call ‘Revenge Porn’

According to Wikipedia, Revenge porn or Revenge Pornography is the distribution of sexually explicit images or ideas of individuals without their permission. The sexually explicit images or videos may be made by a partner of an intimate relationship with the knowledge and consent of the subject, or it may be made without his or her knowledge. The possession of the material may be used by the perpetrators to blackmail the subjects into performing other sex acts, to coerce them into continuing the relationship, or to punish them for ending the relationship causing distressed embarrassment which could leave a person feeling vulnerable and could possibly put them in danger.

At this age and time, the use of social media is wide spread across the globe that by the mere click of a mouse or the push of a button on a computer, mobile phone devices, or electronic tablets, messages or information may be sent across the whole universe whether as email, status uploads or broadcast. While social media platforms are now in vogue in terms of reaching out to the world, dissemination of information, keeping-in touch with friends, family, and loved ones, it has also become an instrument of betrayal, backstabbing, and blackmailing, causing distress to others in form of revenge porn.

Till date, the most commonly reported incidents of revenge porn have come from those who are in their teens, adults in their late twenties. The recurring case is jilted lover who is full of anger willing to seek revenge, cause annoyance to the person who gets in contact with such pictures with the intention to extort. Whichever is the case the victim of such revenge suffers injury to character, shame and unwanted exposure which can be extremely damaging for the victim. A violation such as this may leave the victim scarred psychologically and jeopardize future relationships.

BUT WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY ABOUT REVENGE PORN?

While the UK government has acted swiftly to delineate from the crime by passing a law to check the crime in April 2015, the Nigerian counterpart is yet to specifically define revenge porn. In the United State of America, regardless of the fact that some states have passed laws prohibiting either the production or distribution of non-consensual pornography, there appears to be no federal law regarding this content.

The Communication Decency Act, a federal law passed in 1996 regulating pornography on the internet protects the websites and service providers from liabilities for content posted by users that they are not co-creators of.

In Europe, there is a ‘right to be forgotten’ law potentially resulting in European union wide-range revenge porn prohibition individuals have the right-under certain conditions to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them. This applies whereby the information is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive for the purposes of the data processing.

In Africa, there are no express laws regulating revenge porn. Although rampant, the society would rather castigate the victim than help get the culprit to justice.

REVENGE PORN: NIGERIA AS A CASE STUDY

In Nigeria, there have been series of revenge porn cases on the internet a recent example is the case which happened on twitter when some ladies alleged that a twitter user called ‘Asiwaju Michael’ raped them and the guy feeling his name has been soiled decided to release the ladies nude pictures and videos as a revenge for the alleged rape.

The question being, is there any law against REVENGE PORN in Nigeria?

The answer is YES!!!!!

Section 170 of the Criminal Code Act and section 24 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act 2015, and section 37 of the 1999 constitution are the Nigerian enactments covering the field on the issue of revenge. A strict review of these two provisions covers some part of revenge porn if done on the internet and the perpetrator will be liable on conviction to a fine of not more than N7,000,000 (seven Million Naira) or imprisonment for a term of not more than 3 years or both such fine and imprisonment.

Under section 24 of the Cybercrimes (prohibition, prevention Act 2015), revenge porn is also a punishable offence. The Act touched a great portion of the grey areas. It provides that ‘any person who knowingly or unknowingly sends a message via a computer network system which is false, grossly offensive, pornographic, obscene, indecent or menacing commits an offence and is liable to a fine of 7 (Seven Million Naira) and or a term of up to 3 yearrs imprisonment.

A recent case was held in Ekiti State Jusice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, the suit, FHC/AD/17c/2017, filed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Maami (SAN), and Ayan the complainant.

Counsel and FIDA member to the AGF, Mrs. Oyewole, told the court that Ayan had threatened to post Arare’s nude pictures on social media sometimes in 2017, when the lady told him she was no longer interested in the relationship

Oyewole further revealed to the counsel that, Arare, had pleaded with the convict, who is married with children, not to carry out his threat.

She added that: “the convict then requested N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) as inducement for him to rescind his decision.

“Ayan however posted the victims nude pictures as she was unable to meet up with his demands. The prosecution called four (4) witnesses to prove his case against the defendant.”

Meanwhile, FIDA Ekiti in a statement released, praised the decisions of the Federal High Court stating that revenge porn is a gender based violence against the victim and totally condemns same. It is a crime against humanity and gross wickedness against womenfolk.

“It is condemnable and should not be allowed to strive in any civil society. We commend this judgement and hope it will serve as deterrence to others who are in the habit of abusing and molesting children girls.’’

Also, a cursory look at the provisions of the law would reveal that it is not in fact prosecuting the said offence, therefore, the legislators have a great work to do in passing the law that will reflect the face in issue wherein, revenge porn will be added. The world is evolving daily therefore; laws should be made to dance to the tone of this situation.

With the prominence of social media, there is an increase rate in the cases of revenge porn. However, a few persons have the knowledge of what steps to take towards stopping such menace.

Let me also mention that to avoid being a victim of revenge porn; don’t send your explicit pictures at all. Like the saying “PREVENTION IS BETTER THEN CURE!”

@opemi_awoyemi

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Artist Spotlight: Reeplay

Seun Osho

Popularly known as Reeplay, Jibril Adeiza Omaki hails from Nasarawa and was born in Ikeja, Lagos in 1991. He is the first child of his parents and an older brother to 2 siblings. Reeplay attended Thomas Adewumi International College, Ilorin in Kwara state for his secondary school education and University of Abuja for tertiary studies in sociology. When asked why music? He replied “Why not music, it is life”. The hip-hop artiste who started to rap in junior secondary class 3, boasts of his undeniable versatility, listing multiple genres; “Hip-hop/grime/pop/afro pop anywhere the spirit leads” when asked about his sound. He attributes his initial musical influences to 50 cent, Lil Wayne initially and more recently, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Skepta to name a few.

Reeplay has earned himself a spot on the roaster of top Abuja based artists gracing some of the biggest stages the capital has ever seen like the ‘Buj concert, Hennessy artistry, Davido’s concert, Choc boys nation tour, the Caribbean Concert and many more

@reeplaysumtin

With a series of singles, three collaborative mix tapes, four music videos and one solo E.P under his belt, Reeplay doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. According to sources, the rapper is currently working on a collective project called GANG BUSINESS. The collective; ANTIWORLD GANGSTERS, is named after his last collaborative mixtape with Odumodublvck, who’s also a member. The collective is made up of Reeplay’s independent label, IZGAAJU and affiliated label BLVCKSHEEP to which Odumodu belongs. Other members include Ekizzy J, Agunnabueze and ace producer, Cross.

I was opportuned to listen to some of the unreleased music at a makeshift studio, and I must say, I’m anxious for the rollout.

Reeplay says his vision for now is to just keep evolving as an artist, continue making great music and by God’s grace headline his own shows for his ever growing loyal fans with a team he is currently pulling together.

Reeplay’s social media handle is the same across all platforms; @reeplaysumtin. Go follow him, and follow us too @theparakeetshow on all social media platforms.

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A Colorful Rich Heritage of the Benin Kingdom

A Rich, Colorful Heritage of the Benin Kingdom

Oluseye Fakinlede

“He, who knows not the Oba, let me show him, he has piled a throne upon a throne…”

The lines of this panegyric revealed the underlined drama, a recount of history and entertainment during the 40th Coronation of the Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Apolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, gallery exhibition at The Thought Pyramid Norman Avenue, Ikoyi Lagos.

Like a time traveler on April 29, 2018, I metamorphosed to become a participant in the coronation of the Oba as he makes his way from Benin, after the transition rites of the late Oba to Uselu, Eko Ehae, Usama Palace, Use Village and back to Benin even as Omoregie Osakpolor, the gallery exhibitionist and a Nigerian Documentary Photojournalist became my eyes and a raconteur telling me all about the coronation and explaining every detail, reason for the crowned prince’s movement at the gallery.

Thought Pyramid, Lagos, Nigeria

Participants of the royal occasion were art admirers; renowned photojournalists; and a writer who loves writing and telling entertaining African visual stories, whilst the colorful and epical avalanche pictures also re-affirmed my earliest beliefs in regards to how Benin is culturally endowed and why the Oba is greatly referenced.

The Ediaken (the crowned prince) leaves Benin for Uselu, after the transition rites are over, to Uselu, a symbolic place in the Benin history.

Asides form the other things he does at Uselu is the climbing of the symbolic palm tree which fed his fore-father, Ewuare, during a time of self-exile. He moves to Eko Ehae, Bachelors Camp, which is another symbolic place the crowned prince goes to for some ritual rites.

Next, he moves to the Usama Palace to Use Village where he plays the Akhue-a game that he played to get his addressed title and he is proclaimed by the Usama as the Oba of Benin with the title. It is noteworthy to know that the crowned prince spends three or seven days in these places to complete his ritual rites of 21 days.

Asides from the beauty and the scenery at the gallery, the coronation pictures, the costume, the improvisation, plot and setting have some underlining elements of drama, re-enactment, entertainment and mysticism.

Thought Pyramid, Lagos , Nigeria

According to my guide, at Uselu, the Ediaken, symbolically climbs the palm tree known as Udin ama meieson, to re-enact the suffering of Oba Ewuare; all crowned princes must go through this rite as a norms for their coronation.

Additional dramatic aspect of the coronation is the re-enactment of the crossing of the bridge at the Omi River which is followed by a mock battle between Oba Ewedo and Ogiamen with his followers.

From the coronation pictures of the Oba, placed on the wall, I could deduce that the whole process has a large percentage of music, songs and dancing as the Ekassa Dancers, are known for the symbolic spiritual cleansing dance.

The mysticism dancers are mostly male, wrapped in their white wrappers. The dance is only performed at the demise of an Oba and the coronation of a new Oba. Asides the Ekassas are the Ikppakohen, Isienmwenro amongst others. The beauties of these dancers are accompanied with songs and various dance steps as captured by the decisive shots of Osakpolor.

Lastly, the coronation pictures also revealed a rich referenced culture. African monarchs are highly referenced and the coronation pictures confirmed this. My raconteur revealed that trading activities in Benin was practically short down during the Oba’s coronation most especially on his way back to Benin after the completion of his 21-days coronation rites.

The gallery exhibition was an avenue to learn about art, history and entertainment even as they accompanied the coronation rites of the Oba of Benin. . . Long live the Oba, long live our traditions.

@theparakeetshow

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Visual Art

The Hyper Realist Steering the Contemporary Art Space

As Hyper-realism becomes more prominent in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, we have witnessed contemporary hyper-realists emerge, thereby creating and displaying innovative and spectacular artworks within the artistic space.

With Visual artists getting more support and deserved accolades, the Nigerian Visual art scene is boastful of talents blossoming from the regions of the country.

One of whom, exclusively for theparakeetshow.com , Hamid Ayodeji, was able to have a conversation with, hyper realist Ken Nwadiogbu,

Ken Nwadiogbu

What is Art to you?

Art to me is a visual representation that starts a conversation, Art is way more than an aesthetic beauty, it has to portray a strong message that people can relate to.

What kind of message
do you intend passing across to anyone who comes across your art? Or what kind
of message do you feel your artwork passes across to an average art lover that
comes across it?

I want people to see my art and re-evaluate their lives and society and the world at large, I am opportune to see and witness so many things going on around the world, the idea that I can create Art-works around this socio-political impact in our society in different locations, the opportunity to be able to perceive how the world is, to re-evaluate people’s ideology, either to make it stronger, or different if wrong. My work starts a conversation that help people understand life, socially and politically.

How early did you discover your passion for Art?

Six years ago, I met a guy in University of Lagos, he was drawing the former VC of UNILAG, It was astonishing, I fell in love with Art immediately, i started learning and perfecting, then I became obsessed, my obsession then grew to total and absolute love for Art.

Can you say the people around you are supportive of your passion?

At first it was hard for friends and family to accept, because Art in Nigeria is not as recognized and appreciated as Law, Engineering and all others, but with time it grew and me showing people how lucrative it was and using my works to start conversations that have changed people’s lives, then family and friends became supportive of my art.

In your opinion what is the current situation of the art business in Nigeria compared to when you were much younger?

When I was much younger I did not know anything about art, it was when I started creating Art I got to understand there are Art galleries, Art collectors etc.

Today in Nigeria you can see that even people that are not even art inclined know about art, from the innovations of ARTX Lagos, to some galleries like RETRO AFRICA who are social media conscious, people that advertise on social media and push their galleries out there to the public, now there is growing presence in the Art world here in Nigeria but we are not there yet.

What inspires the uniqueness in your art?

The uniqueness in my art is inspired by the idea that i want to break out of the norm, society and issues. To also create a bigger narrative for people to understand and be inspired about creating works that represent a breakthrough, like my figurative three dimensional hyper realism, which is creating three dimensional object on a two dimensional surface so the object looks so real and at the same time making the paper look torn that people are almost bursting out of the paper, or are sort of caged behind the silhouette of the paper.

Tell us about the first piece of art you made.

Ken Nwadiogbu

The first piece I drew was of a lady I liked, trying to woo her, trying to get her to like me, her name was Tofunmi, she was a model, I created a masterpiece that expressed how I felt about her and it was beautiful, I took it to her house, she loved it but still did not agree to go out with me so I took it back. And yes I still have it till date.

If you were given the power to bring one art legend back to life who would that
be and why?

Ben Enwonwu, he is one of my biggest inspirations, not because of the kind of art he created but because of the kind of stories he tells through his pieces, he expresses Africanism in a very interesting manner.

What is the longest time you have used on one of your pieces?

The Witnesses, I used about 2 months to create that piece, because it had to do with 30 different eyes, and the 30 different eyes were perfectly picked by me, I had to travel around Nigeria to get pictures of eyes from friends that I needed to portray in the piece.

Do you have any piece of art that is priceless, which you feel you can never sell?

I think all my Pieces of art are priceless, I wish I could never sell any of my works but the beauty of Art is, it has to be seen, understood, perceived, owned and it has to be shown around the world considering that is the beauty of creating art. If it does not tour the world then who am I doing the art for, the conversations that burst out of the tours is what makes art really tangible and interesting and the experiences really amazing.

@kennwadiogbu

Considering how much influence emotions has over creating art, which of the emotions will you say drives you the most to create your Art?

The government, the people, the youths of the world lead me into creating art, also cultures, history, people’s experiences, having friends tell me what they go through, these are things that inspire me, my works are created to tell a story because I have something to say that I feel people all around the world can relate to.

Did you at any point in your life study Visual Art asides the basic fine art in
primary and secondary school?

No, I did not at any point study visual Art.

How do you know when it is time to pick up your pen or brush to start creating?

Every day I wake up, the moment you believe Art is just about the money you will not want to create art, but when you know art has to be created because you need to tell people different things, then every time you wake up you pick up your pencil to create art, because then you are not just doing it because you feel like doing it but to change the world.

Also how do you know when a piece is complete and ready to be shown to the world?

You do not know, you just feel it is complete, there is no actual meter that says “it is complete” you just feel it and you just know it is finished.

Have you always known you were going to become a visual Artist?

No, I never thought I was going to be a visual artist. When I was younger it was engineering for me.

What is your take on the increased appreciation and attention African Visual Artist are now getting?

It is amazing, African Visual artists have the best minds in the world, they are amazing, great and talented and it’s only about time the world notices that, it’s an awesome thing that has happened to African Visual artist and we can only hope for the best.

What colour do you feel you connect with the most and why?

I connect with blue, because blue is calm and soothing.

 

Second Image photographed by: @30.12photography

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Visual Art

Blossoming Nigerian Artistic Scene

The blossoming of Nigerian artists and their artworks is something that cannot be undermined by the country’s slow but steady developing social economy, as we have witnessed the emergence of art pieces which showcases the nations enormous creativity and cultural strength.

With the likes of Ken Nwadiogbu, Zara Medudgu, Isimi Taiwo, Kareen Olamilekan, John Israel, Sly, Dennis Osadebe, IyunOla Sanyaolu and so many more blossoming into the scene, Nigerian Youths continue to play the lead role in the evolution of the artistic world as they flourish into what can be described as a butterfly that once was a cocoon.

According to a Nigerian, Abuja based artist Zara Medugu, “I think living in Nigeria has given me the avenue for contrast in my art. I do a lot of nudes, abstracts and cartoon like stuff, but that is not really the norm in terms of what you see when you go to most galleries or show.

“I am happy with the way I paint, but I know it is not what people expect, so sometimes I get discouraged. But at the same time it has allowed me to value what I do more, where I show my art and how much my art is worth. It has allowed me to look inwards more and stand solid in my
decisions as an artist, as well as allowing me to connect with a genuine
audience.

The multidisciplinary artist, during an email interview with theparakeetshow.com describes her art as abstract with a usual use of colors, cartoon like figures, or something a little off: “I dabble in a lot of mediums, but my primary focus is painting. My subject is always really simple, but what I focus on in the painting gives it that odd constant that’s in all my work.

“I might paint a body, but the focus is the rolls or something else that seems irrelevant but makes up more of the visual story than the nude body. I give you pieces of a whole and never restrict the
meaning to what I was feeling at the time. Pink might mean love to someone, but
I have used it to mean confusion and loss.

“I love that everyone is expressing their creative side and it is more acceptable to venture into that. You can talk to someone who read a really strict course but is actually super into fashion or art and gets to do that now.

“However, I do not like that it has become two things; busy work and very political. I mean busy work in the sense that when people are not finding jobs or are not making as much money as they want; they
get into art to attract money rather than to create art, which confuses buyers and audiences.

“In a place like Nigeria where art is everywhere; but being an artist (or creative) has just become a viable path,
which is not allowing people who want to live off art to do so. It is over
saturating the market.

“It is hard to find platforms and avenues that
promote you rather than profit off of you. In the sense of it being political,
it’s become a situation where whoever has more money, more clout or more
connections seem to dominate the scene and already make it this exclusive and cliquey
sphere, while others are looking for an opening.

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The 23 years old Artist further explained that: “WE NEED MORE PLATFORMS THAT AREN’T JUST COMPETITIONS! I think opening an art school, a residency program or providing more jobs within certain
spheres for artists is a step forward. Teach practical things in addition to
history and theories. Get an actual graphic designer to create posters, not
just someone who knows how to work a computer. Stop taking shortcuts and get
someone who has the actual skills to carry out what you want done. A lot of
artists and creative’s don’t know their worth because there’s always someone
willing to undermine them with a lower price or someone willing to price down
their work because they’re not as known as someone else. Artists work in tech,
in branding, in architecture, in all aspects of business and life. Hire one and
pay them.

Meanwhile, John Israel describes his art as an avenue to value and explore every form of
medium he comes in contact with, as his art requires the study of facial
features and figures, land and sea space, stylized.

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“I would say commercialization is taking over
the Nigerian Art scene, and Nigerian artist are losing out their authenticity
in production. In simple terms; most young artist are after what is marketable
rather than staying true to their ideas.

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“I think the government can put up grants and I expect to see more art residences within the country and also partner with neighboring countries on art residences and art exhibitions/projects. Even going for art seminars in other countries, fully funded,” Israel expressed.

Hamid Ayodeji @hamidayodeji for @theparakeetshow