Christopher Uchefuna Okeke (30 April 1933 – 5 January 2016)

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I was meant to post this a few months ago. I found this picture amongst those who were basically hailed as “The bright young things” in Nigerian art (1966) in the Nigeria Magazine……only for me to read today from bro Obi Asika that he has now passed on smile emoticon
Well here goes….
“Born in Nimo in 1933. He was brought up in Kafanchan and completed his secondary school education at Bishop Shanahan Secondary school, Orlu but returned to Kafanchan to become the school artist in 1954.
While working as a clerk in 1955-1957 with the Labour department in Jos and Lagos, he became a taxidermist.
In 1957 he entered the Nigerian college of Technology where, after winning two first prizes in art and the prize for the poetry competition organized by the Nigerian Art Council in 1960, he graduated with a diploma in Fine Art (1961)
He went on to Munich, in Western Germany to study mosaic and stained glass techniques in 1962-63.
When he returned, he worked for a short time as a publications artist with the Federal Ministry of information.
Apart from one man exhibitions held in Jos, Kano,Kaduna and Lagos, Mr Okeke had featured in joint exhibitions in Brazil, Salisbury ( Rhodesia), Paris, Kampala and Calcutta.
He illustrated Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and designed stage and sets for the then Eastern Nigeria Theatre Group’s production of Andre Obey’s Noah, Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and The Jewel, Sam Iyamu’s Corp Diplomatique and J.P Clark’s Song of a Goat and The Masquerade.
Mr Okeke was associated with the foundation of Various cultural bodies in Nigeria”

Professor Okeke died on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in his native home at Nimo.
I will post a collection of his work published in 1961 by Mbari Publications

What’s Happening – Lagos: Points Of View An Exhibition Of Works By Chidi Kwubiri

Arthouse-The Space will be presenting a solo exhibition of the works of
artist Chidi Kwubiri, entitled Points of View.

Chidi Kwubiri’s work is deeply influence by his life in Nigeria and his almost twenty years experience in Germany as a student at the  Dusseldorf Art Academy. Not surprisingly he has managed to display in his work and bring together the complexity of the two different cultures, whilst remaining strong to his local roots.
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The Exhibition runs from the 5th of Decembers 2015(Opening Day  5-8) – 24th December 2015 (Mon- Fri 10am -5pm and Sat 11 am – 5pm)
@Renault, 43b Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island. Lagos

FORGOTTEN HEROES

In 1977 the Federal Government of Nigeria commissioned the production of the replica of the Queen Idia mask. It was used as the emblem for The Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77) and has since become the most recognizable African art. But the man that carved the mask, Mr Joseph Alufa Igbinovia claims he is yet to be paid for his services.

This is a truly heartbreaking video but must be seen.

Please watch this video and share
Thank you Omoregbe Erediauwa of the Benin Royal Foundation for Arts and Culture for giving him a voice!