Ubiomo Chinedu Ogheneroh and Ayooluwa Nihinlola are two brilliant Nigerian graphic artists and illustrators that are currently owning their space on the Nigerian art scene. Although both have been on the scene for a while, their latest projects exploring culture and entertainment have brought them into the limelight recently.
Ubiomo’s Facial Series which was launched late last year, featured blues eyed African women with traditional Uli design drawn on their faces. A graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ubiomo said he was influenced and inspired by the Ibo cultural Uli symbols. “Since I studied there, I believe the style of art influenced my creativity. Uli gave birth to what I call ‘kpuri’ which simply means ‘the act of using African symbols’,” he told Nigerian digital art magazine, Visual.
Nihinlola’s Nollywood Legends immortalises some of Nollywood’s greats including Pete Edochie, Sam Loco Efe, Bukky Ajayi, and Patience Ozokwor. The project is a 48-page e-book featuring illustrations and brief biographies of the oldies in Nigeria’s film industry.
The book, Nollywood Legends, is targeted at youths who believe Nollywood begins and ends with the new generation of actors. Ayooluwa says he hopes to enlighten and remind them of the impact and legacy of these legends.