As. you. are.
Stronger than you know.
More beautiful than you think.
Worthier than you believe.
More loved than you can ever imagine.
Passionate about making a difference.
Fiery when protecting those you love.
Learning. Growing. Not alone.
Warm. Giving. Generous.
Quirky. Sexy. Funny. Smart.
Flawed. Whole. Scared. Brave.
And so, so, so.much.more.
I have been living and working in Lagos, Nigeria now for 18 months. One of my favorite things about this country is how vibrant and strong the people are. Specifically the women. Talk about inspiring folks. Every day there is a new surprise that faces me down. In celebration of International Women’s Day 2017, my friend and I visited the Nike Centre for Art and Culture.
Every time I visit this gallery I find about 200 pieces I would love to buy. The work covers everything from photography, to bead work, statutes of wood and metal, oils, fabrics, and really just everything you can imagine. Well, this installation was possibly my favorite as it covered all of the artistic genres mentioned with a focus on the strong women who create the work.
What I love even more is the owner of the gallery. Nike Davies-Okundaye – Nike Davies-Okundaye a.k.a. “‘Nike Davies'” a.k.a. “‘Nike Twin Seven Seven'” a.k.a. “‘Nike Olaniyi'” a.k.a. “‘Mummy Nike'” – Wikipedia
Talk about a strong woman. I. LOVE. HER. She is Nigerian. She is strong. She is intelligent. She is kind. She is an art piece all by herself. What an amazing person. So generous with her time and her ability to explain every piece of art in her gallery. If you make it to Lagos, Nigeria and do not stop in to her gallery, you are missing a treat!!
The art presented that was specifically on display for Women’s Day was spectacular. Created by women about women. I did not take enough photos to really give it due respect.
My favorite pieces were so amazing!! They were huge though. If I only had a place big enough to house them.
All of the other work was equally impressive and to be fair, there were many more “favorites”. Even the work not specifically on display for Women’s Day, had a flair that I could not stop going back to.
For more Nigerian artwork that focuses on the Nigerian woman’s perspective, this book would be an excellent choice to get started. I hope you enjoyed the tour!
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