Even though her family was certain that she would end up a doctor, Njideka Akunyili chose to pursue a career in art and we are forever grateful for the talented artist’s choice. Born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria, Akunyili left for the U.S at 16 and her background gives way into her art and the stories they tell.
A double major in art studio and pre-med in college, Njideka Akunyili explains her decision to become an artist this way: “Nigeria needs more artists than doctors. There’s nothing wrong with medicine. But if you think about our population. The estimate is 150 million of something ridiculous like that. But we don’t have a presence with a lot of things. Especially in the creative field.”
Her collage paintings reveal a personal aspect of her life; Akunyili uses her American husband as a subject in a lot of her pieces. She draws images from popular Nigerian culture and practices, often combining scenes from her traditional wedding along with family photographs.
Read her interview with Huffington Post Here and check out her website for more FAB art.by