OBÌNRIN: An art exhibition advocating for increased WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP

Creativity is the Art of the impossible. Politics is the Art of the possible.

Ben Okri


Titilola Fagbemi

Titilola is a multidisciplinary artist based in Lagos. She naturally gravitated towards topics concerning African history, people, and societal issues. Through the use of different mediums, she is focused on telling the stories of people and their struggles. The style of her work is expressive in relation to realism and abstract representation. For this exhibition, she has created two pieces- Dare to Dream and The Sage

Piece: Dare to Dream
Dimension: 24″ x 36″
Year: 2021
Type: Oil and Acrylic on canvas

Jekein Lato-Unah

Jekein Lato-Unah (b. 1996) a visual artist living and working in Lagos, is passionate about documenting the lives of women through painting. “Madam President” and “The bigger picture” are a projection of Nigeria in the nearest future, where women take up roles that have been primarily assigned to men throughout our national history.

Piece: Madam President
Dimension: 60″ x 60″
Year: 2021
Type: Oil on textured canvas

Fredrick Omoniyi

(Ayowole Art Academy)

Frederick Omoniyi a.k.a Fredtheeman is a self-taught fine artist with about 5 years of experience in pencil artistry. His major inspiration is his dad who being an artist himself, exposed him to the arts from a young age. He is currently a 5th year student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University studying to attain his MBBS degree. When not wearing his Art or Medical Student hat, he enjoys sculpting, photography, watching movies and listening to music. For this exhibition, he has created two pieces – The Protest and Deep sea.

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Piece: Deep See
Dimension: 22″ x 18″
Year: 2021
Type: Graphite and ink on alabaster   

Kareem Warris

(Ayowole Art Academy)

11-year-old Kareem Warris, is a Lagos based hyperrealism artist and art prodigy, who has drawn for the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron and Lagos State Governor: Akinwunmi Ambode, mmultinational brands, and highly renowned artists. For this exhibition, he has created one piece- Politics.

Piece: Politics
Dimension: 24″ x 30″
Year: 2021
Type: Charcoal on paper

Ifeanyi Ugbechie

Ifeanyi is a passionate conceptual figure artist who works primarily in acrylics on canvas. She has created two pieces for this exhibition. The first piece is titled “Many Hats” (30×36) and depicts a woman’s headgear (gele) while the second is titled “She is” (36×48) and is a depiction of a woman in authority. Both paintings are aimed at normalizing seeing women as leaders and in powerful positions.

Piece: Many hats
Dimension: 30″ x 36″
Year: 2021
Type: Acrylic on canva

Tope Ajayi

Tope Ajayi is a multi-faceted artist creating with the media; traditional art, digital art, photography and film. Consistently working on how he can fuse all together.
The art created for the exhibition, Obinrin, are a series of two paintings – True Power I and True Power II with loose-ends focusing on true power and clamoring for participation of women in leadership.

Piece: Strength in Numbers
Dimension: 4ft x 4ft
Year: 2021
Type: Acrylic and pen on canvas

Kolawole Olalekan

Kolawole Olalekan (b. Ondo State, Nigeria) He received a B.A. in Fine and Applied Art from the University of Benin (2013), with a major in painting. His art uses metaphoric illustrations to capture the nuance happening of everyday life. His works can also be viewed as a social commentary with intimate humor. His processes spontaneously bring together an improbable combination of the conceptual, surreal, pop, and the possibilities of the mundane in a magical realism of his own devising. He has participated in several exhibitions, auctions, articles and publications
Kolawole lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

Piece: Birth
Dimension: 60″ x 48″
Year: 2021
Type: Acrylic and charcoal with wall paper on canvas

Oyelakin Emmanuel

Emmanuel is a Lagos based studio artist into full time profession painting, creating unique styles and brands of art with vibrant colors. For this exhibition, he has created two vibrant pieces Social Lifestyle and Knowledge.

Piece: Social Lifestyle
Dimension: 48″ x 48″
Year: 2021
Type: Acrylic on canvas

Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

Iyesogie Ogieriakhi is a photographer, who loves capturing people and telling stories. Her works for the Obinrin exhibition captures and explores women existing & just being. Women in power are women who are existing, and being their authentic selves. Women are inherently powerful, actions or words don’t make or add to power, that power comes from just being.

Piece: Art of Being
Dimension: 16″ x 20″
Year: 2021
Type: Photography

Grace Ekpu

Grace Ekpu is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Lagos Nigeria. These images are the artist’s representation of women – strong, powerful and graceful. In archival canvas print.

Year: 2021
Type: Photography

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About ElectHER

ElectHER is a non-partisan progressive women’s political advancement organization bridging inequality gaps in African democracy, by advocating for and enabling women’s leadership across appointive and elective office. Our mission is fulfilled through behavioural change communications; skills development, human capital mobilization and campaign financing, with an end-goal to enable capable women competitively Decide, Run and Win elections. We are on a mission to empower 1000 women to run for office and directly back ’35’ women by 2023.

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