“The journey of researching, writing, and publishing The Art of Nigerian Women has been a labour of love which started in 2011,” – Chukwuemeka Bosah
The highly anticipated book ‘The Art of Nigerian Women’ by Chukwuemeka Ben Bosah contains high quality images of works from 75 contemporary female artists from all over the world who have influenced and shaped the art sector of the cultural industry in Nigeria. These works are complemented by scholarly essays written by Art Historians who are familiar with the work of these women. The idea to make this book came to the author while publishing a prior book ‘A celebration of modern Nigerian Art: 101 Nigerian Artists’ in 2010. Doing his research he discovered an under-representation of female artists and as a result, only 6 out of 101 artists featured in that book were women. He created The Art of Nigerian Women to fill that gap and it took him 6 years to make a that idea a reality. I’m truly humbled to be recognized as one of the artists worthy of mention.
The book was first launched at a private ceremony at the Wheatbaker in Lagos Nigeria on March 7, 2017. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the initial launch, but was present at the second launch at Calabar Gallery in Harlem, New York. I had the privilege of meeting interesting contributors to the African Art landscape. We talked about how it’s important to educate the next generation of artists on how they can make their work professionally recognized, how we need more females included in our narrative, how gallery curators need sponsorship opportunities and most importantly how Africans need to support their own artists to keep our Art alive!
“Chukwuemeka Bosah’s book celebrating female artists is a timely gift to Africa and the world,” – Chief Nike Okundaye
‘The Art of Nigerian Women’ was supported by GTBank, The Guardian, XL Africa Group, The Wheatbaker, SMO Contemporary Art, Global Energy Company, Veuve Clicquot, Knowledge Exchange Center, Max10, UpByFive, Arik Airlines, and a number of committed art patrons.