Talented artist and daughter of late Dora Akunyili, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, has been awarded the MacArthur grant. She is one of the 17 exceptional people from different walks of life who have been selected for this year.
This grant is awarded to exceptionally creative artists, writers, teachers, entrepreneurs, scientists and other people from different fields of expertise who make a mark in their various fields. It is paid out in quarterly installments over a period of five years. Another notable Nigerian who has been bestowed the grant is renowned writer and women’s rights activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who bagged the MacArthur grant in 2008.
Njideka’s work combines different art forms including painting, creative use of photos, drawings, print and other abstract materials. She has been described as “a figurative painter whose large-scale works express the hybridity characteristic of transnational experience through choices of subject matter, materials and techniques” by the MacArthur foundation.
Born in Enugu and spending most of her adult life in the United States has given her work a unique perspective and depth that garners rave reviews every time. In 2016 her painting Drown exceeded all expectations when it made a record sale of $11 million at a Sotheby’s auction, more than three times the expected high estimate of $300,000.
We wish her more achievements in her illustrious career as she keeps flying Nigeria’s flag high.
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