A Nigerian woman just bagged one of the world’s most prestigious prizes in art

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, just like many other Nigerians at home and in diaspora, have been doing big things in her chosen industry, the arts.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

This amazing woman works on works on paper to combine collage, drawing, painting, printmaking, and photo transfers.



She was born in Enugu in 1983, but moved to the US when she was 16 and has been involved in the arts since.



Her work revolves around her trying to find a connection between America and her home in Enugu.


Njideka Akunyili Crosby has been announced winner of the 2016 Canson Prize, an annual award recognising achievements in art on paper, given to an artist under 50. It remains one of the most prestigious prizes in art.


But you see, this award winning sturvs did not start today for Akunyili.



She once bagged the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Art Prize.


You will find her works in the collections of major museums around the world, including Yale University Art Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Tate.


But if you need to see everything in one place,visit her website here.




When God was sharing chill, I was at the back of the line trying to start a fire.

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