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Visual Arts Nigerian history inspired mixed media art collection

The series of artwork contains pieces that are a visual narrative of the history of Africa.

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Bow play


These paintings are mixed media artwork, each exquisite piece telling a story.

The artist created each of these works with more than one medium, she used ink, pastels, graphite, color pencils and watercolor pencils.

1. Bloom:

Bloom play


This piece is a representation of the author's perception of Africa before the coming of the white men.

The bright colors and flowers represent the thriving state, after all, Africa was the bed rock of civilization with Egypt pioneering.

The peace lily in the green palm which connected by veins to the root, and the various animals displayed all bear related meanings.

2. Bow:

Bow play


This piece titled bow is a connotation of  the oppression of Africa and Africans by external forces. This is represented by the pale hand.

3. Battle:

Battle play



The piece titled represents the fight for freedom from slavery and colonialism and for territory amongst the African nations and the enslavement, decline and fall of many great empires.

4. Be free:

Be free play

Be free

This represents the journey from independence to the present day. Africa is still poor and this is denoted by the women are still at the base of the mountain.

They are on the right track moving to the peak, where they can finally reclaim their lost glory. Making the journey hand in hand tells us the need for us to unite and support each other as nations.

This piece is somewhat hopeful because a lot of nations in Africa seem to be on the right track.

Phone cases play

Phone cases



The talented artist, Sayo Ajetunmobi is better known as Nerdyajet. She has printed out some of her work on phone cases and t-shirts, creating functional art.

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