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Artists urged to focus on Africa's rich culture

18 June 2014, 14:30

Lagos - An artist, Onyema Offoedu-Okeke, on Tuesday urged African artists to focus their works on African arts and culture which would sell Nigeria globally instead of copying Western styles.

He said at Temple Muse venue of his exhibition, at Victoria Island, Lagos, that African artists should be Afrocentric.

Offoedu-Okeke said that the importance of investigating the past as an artist was to fully understand ones origin and draw from that.

"Drawing from deep traditions will make us to differentiate our arts and be distinct from the rest of the world. Over the course of centuries of indoctrination, Africans relieve themselves of cultural heirlooms in order to be holy or sanitised.The literary authority upon which their convictions are based has not changed." he said.

The artist, a graduate of architecture from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), said that "when I say I Am African”, then my art becomes autobiographical in the way it is presented.

He said that his series of works touched on human experience, enveloping space and the cosmos from which human imagination draws its inspiration and corresponding beliefs.

Offoedu-Okeke in his solo exhibition, will exhibit 25 acrylic on canvass paintings about pre-colonial times till date.


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