The Arts

April 9, 2024

Thought Pyramid unveils NOK season six finalists

By Onyeka Ezike, edited by Osa Amadi

Thought Pyramid Art Centre, an art gallery with interest in promoting and preserving African art culture, has unveiled the finalists for the sixth season of the Next of Kin Art, NOK, Competition and Exhibition dubbed ‘Renewed Hope’.

This was disclosed at a press briefing held recently at the Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.

This season featured artists from the African Continent as four non-Nigerian visual artists were selected from across the continent to join the 20 finalists, emphasizing NOK’s commitment to redefining boundaries, encouraging creative dialogue, and honoring artistic brilliance internationally.

The 20 finalists for this 6th series are Martin Senkugbuge (Uganda), Yakno Ene, Adenuga John Opeyemi, Emeka Amadi, Victoria Ndubuisi, Elie Hatungimana (Rwanda), Opara Courage, Oladeji Emmanuel Adeniji, Joseph Miegbolabofagha Daya.

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Others are Adenle Olukunle Sunday, Cliff Kibuuka (Uganda), Omoyeni Ogedengbe, Mek-Abasi Effiong, Chinedu Raphael Chidebe, Abdlquadr Olamide Ojelade, Abdulrazaq A. Titilayo, Awoleye David Olusegun, Betzalel Alvin, Jayeola Damilola Joshua, and Evans Akanyijuka (Uganda).

The continental expansion of NOK series 6 has enriched the Art competition and exhibition with diverse perspectives and creative expressions.

Previously, the competition played host to 10 finalists, but Series 6 will be exhibiting works from selected 20 outstanding artists from the entries who will exhibit at the grand finale. This will allow the organizers to showcase more talent, provide a larger platform for artists to exhibit their work, and gain recognition.

Speaking at the event, the General Manager, Business Development, and Corporate Affairs of Nigeria Machine Tools, NMT, Mrs. Obehi Ojeaga, said, “The company is delighted to sponsor this event, for us at the Nigeria Machine Tools, we support creativity, local Arts and indigenous talent.

“We intend to use this medium to encourage young Nigerians in Arts, as this is our 6th series in partnership with Thought Pyramid.

Speaking to Vanguard, Martin Senkubugbe, a Uganda-based artist, described his work of art as a voice for people with vitiligo skin condition.

Mr. Senkubugbe narrated his experience in Nigeria as a first-timer upon arrival at the airport. He said, “When I arrived in Nigeria, on our way back from the airport, the first interesting thing that got my attention was a word written on a car titled, “Life continues” and then the site of a moving vehicle without a door and it had people on it. That was when I understood the Nigerian system, indeed life continues.”

His work depicts the narratives of identity crises identified with people living with vitiligo skin condition as well as canvassing support for them. The work was titled Vitiligo Art as an Independent Movement.

The Ugandan-based Artist hopes to use his artwork to advocate for a vaccine for a vitiligo skin condition, thereby drawing the World Health Organization’s attention to the skin infection.

Also speaking was Abdulrazaq Titilayo, a visual and impression artist whose artwork was titled Asese Bere Oge in Yoruba (Beginning of Fashion). The work depicts the sensitivity of children.

The 42×47 inches work shows the imitative ability of children who try to copy both negative and positive from the society. The motivation behind her work was to reach out to people about parenting, and building moral capacity for their children. She uses vibrant colors to emphasize the significance of parenting to children.

Jayeole Damilola Joshua’s work titled Akinkanju in Yoruba means bravery. The 48×42 inches, 48×44 inches, and 24×48 inches were born out of his personal experience.