Daring Swipe at Nigeria’s State of Affairs

Daring Swipe at Nigeria’s State of Affairs

The ability to provoke engaging debates about the present ‘state of the nation’ is one inimitable quality of Ndidi Dike’s latest New works and Installations on exhibit at the National Museum Onikan, Lagos from the 3rd all through to the 8th of February, 2016.

From ” National Grid” to “How Much am I Worth”,” Untitled 1″  to ” Untitled 2″, were the breathtaking works/ installations on display in a private view heralding a public solo exhibition starting on Wednesday.

Dignitaries came  to experience thought provoking artistic quality that the name, Ndidi Dike has become synonymous with, and all these implicitly ask most relevant  questions on our current state of affairs, daring yet gentle and meek, in confronting the myriad of challenges we have at hand as a people .

Appropriated generator tanks, kerosine stoves, petrol nozzles , mixed media etc     2015 2016
Appropriated generator tanks, kerosine stoves, petrol nozzles , mixed media etc 2015 2016

The compelling intellectual task beyond what is in the obvious is another  reason why Ndidi’s creative outputs will continue to attract significant art connoisseurs ,patrons, collectors and admirers in the creative arts  industries  and beyond, since her exhibitions have proven to be a unique and compelling journey in  the arts,  a platform where to  analyse and draw relatable conclusions on matters affecting the society as subtly articulated through ample use of politically and socially selected choices of potent objects and media.

Appropriated generator tanks, kerosine stoves, petrol nozzles , mixed media etc     2015 2016
Appropriated generator tanks, kerosine stoves, petrol nozzles , mixed media etc 2015 2016

Among those present at the exclusive private view  were: HRM, the Obi of Onitsha. Igwe Alfred Nnemeka Achebe (Agbogidi) CFR mni, Former Attorney General Lagos State, Mrs. H. A. Balogun, OON. Frank  Okonta,funke Akinyanju, Josaphine Igberease, Director of Drama National Troupe of Nigeria,  Toyin Akinosho, Yolande Chirwa,The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development Edo State, Aanena Jemitola, , Ms. Iyabode Aboaba, Molara Wood, Peju Alatise, Bisi Silva  and a host of other members of the discerning arts community, who appreciated the profound aesthetic values, and dynamism that she revealed  in the only 4 works exhibited.

Appropriated kerosine stoves , acrylic, mixed media etc         2016.
Appropriated kerosine stoves , acrylic, mixed media etc 2016.

On the whole, It is common knowledge how un-ideal to attach a straight-jacket interpretative measure to a work of arts, moreover originally, Ndidi’s works afford the opportunity for multiple possibilities, and therein lies their eternal values.

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