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UNILAG's Rembrandt Pencil portrait of MI brings fame to 23-yr-old student artist

Nwadiogbu is a 300-level Civil Engineering student at UNILAG but the 23-year-old is pursuing a rewarding career, making portraits for top Nigerian musicians and celebrities.

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Kenneth Nwadiogbu (L), MI Abaga (M) and a friend play

Kenneth Nwadiogbu (L), MI Abaga (M) and a friend


A 23-yr-old student at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Kenneth Nwadiogbu, is basking in the spotlight after he made a pencil portrait of Nigerian rap king MI.

Nwadiogbu is finding fame through his passion as an artist and music lover, despite being in the third year of his Civil Engineering studies.

The fine artist is pursuing a rewarding career, making portraits with uncanny resemblance for top Nigerian musicians.

His portrait for MI got him much attention after the ace entertainer, impressed by the artwork, made a  five-minute video which he posted on his Instagram account.

The student said he developed the idea following a meeting with Nigeria's Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

“My work of art started in 2012 after I attended a program in Lagos where presidents of different countries came and spoke to the youths and I had a chance meeting with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iwuela," Nwadiogbu was quoted as saying.

"I did a pencil life portrait of them and presented it.

"MI and Burna Boy were especially thrilled to receive theirs, among others.

“Burna Boy talked about his nose and the creative work which graphically portrayed him as a self-styled person and his cigar."

Nwadiogbu's portfolio includes jobs for celebrities and entertainers like Olamide, MI, Chimamda Adichie,  Burna Boy, TuFace, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage and Davido.

He now mentors other artists in pencil drawing.

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