Nine inspiring moments in Nigeria’s art scene in 2019


2019 proved to be a fruitful year in the Nigerian art and culture scene. More than ever, Nigerian artists and writers got the world’s attention big time. How can we fail to mention Michelle Obama’s visit to Nigerian artist, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, right in her studio or the federal government’s resolve to ‘go after’ stolen artifacts worldwide?

There were many positive stories this year and a few of them are captured in this article.

Nigerian hyper-realist artist won top Taiwanese prize

In October, famed 11-year-old Nigerian hyper-realist artist, Kareem Waris Olamilekan, triumphed over 2,723 international candidates to win Taiwan’s 22nd Fervent Global Love of Lives Award.

The young artist uses charcoal and pencil as the medium of choice for his paintings.

He sketched a…



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