"I feel the society speaks and we listen," he said. "I feel it's my job to reply (to society), to try to change people's minds." - curbed from Ken Nwadiogbu's interview with CNN
THE VALUE OF NOTHING
A Drab Kind of Wisdom
The series employs the thought that the worth of man is not measurable by price-tag, possession, or prominence. This is a deliberate attempt to convince the audience that the depressing, suicidal thoughts and stories in the wind today – including those of the wealthy – are an indicator that true value lies in the conscious awareness, appraisal and appreciation of one’s own limits, abilities and potential as perceived by themselves and not some misguided spectator.
The vanities of money, fame and power, are the placebo that prevent the realization that these alone, are nothing. To employ them as standards of measuring worth, or value, is to measure nothing. This series presents a rhetoric:
“What is the value of nothing?”
The Dawn of a new Truth
“For the dead and the living, we must bear WITNESS!”- Elie Wiesel
This body of works challenge the viewer to not just look, but to truly bare witness to what is seen. The works consist of anonymised bank statements, chequebooks, confidential notes and newspapers – lending to my theory that corruption is universal and endemic.
FAVORITISM & CRIME
Legends like Late Martin Luther King Jr., Late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and Late Malcolm X have fought the great battle to extinct this dreadful form of Favoritism. Late Trayvon Martin died as did many others because of this cankerworm eating through the fabrics of the world. To speak about it is to be a voice for these victims. To shame Racism, National Origin Descrimination, Tribal Descrimitation, Feminine Denigration, and many more.
WHAT THE MEDIA WILL IGNORE
It is not enough to highlight the state of Nigeria, neither is it enough to condemn the misappropriation of the present government. This body of work, fused with vibrant acrylic colors, is an activism against the bad government and their success in brainwashing us to accept their horrific agendas.
THE KING'S DIARY
The Uproar of Feminism
The King's Diary is an ongoing series that attempts to present African women in the light of kingly power; decorated in the regalia of the traditional rulers. The motive is to encourage the acceptance and respect otherwise ascribed to the kings of Africa- and any realm, as a matter of fact- as a right of the African female, as is depicted in the art pieces. This new light will help see the girl-child in Sub-Saharan Africa, and all of Africa, as privileged as the sons, and not doomed to the woes of forbidden education, and early marriage against her will.
THE NYLON SERIES
This series attempts to describe how unaware we are, of the grand scale of things, and how we grope for purpose; seemingly attainable, but unseen yet. It is this sense of purpose, but ultimate lack of it, that influences our probe for answers to life's big questions. This consciousness- or lack of it- informs notions of racial superiority, promotes gender inequalities, and every moral and religious thought ever raised; from the ineffable eureka of Isaac Newton, as he found the key to atomic genocide, to the simplest sigh of a newborn. This is the hymn of this band.
For Consciousness. For Purpose. For Direction.
Life's Big Questions.
All and None
Ókótógbam, meaning "all and none", symbolic of human emotion, strength of character, ingenuity and survival, explains that we all are characters and play the role of soldiers.
We peer through large tears shaped as Adinkra symbols from Ghana such as Okodee Mmowere (the talons of an eagle), Kwatakye Atiko (symbol of bravery and valor), and more, as well as symbols from the Nsibidi group of Nigeria, in sheets of crumpled paper.
Both tear and crumpled paper, at once, are metaphors of the unfamiliar, the struggles, as well as the obstacles we face in our daily existence.