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Meet Josh Egesi, A Multidisciplinary Artist

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Anttention Media had the pleasure of interviewing a talented guy who currently ranks as the largest bottle-caps portrait in Africa. A true creative soul who has wholly given himself to the pursuit of creative excellence.

Joshua Egesi was a six year old primary two pupil when he began imitating the comic drawings of his elder sister. At that tender age, even if he could not properly express it in his incoherent babbles, he was fascinated by the idea of drawings. And just like that, spurred by the ‘magic’ of his sister’s pencil, at the age of seven, he wanted to be an artist.

In pursuance of his dream of becoming an artist, and armed with an OND certificate from Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo state, the inspired youngster decided to further develop his artist’s acumen. Hence, he proceeded to the University of Benin to enroll for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts.

Like Cyrus Kabiru, the Kenyan ‘thrash collector‘, Josh sees himself as an environmental artist, Although, this perception was informed by his encounter with bottle cover as a medium in late 2015 when he was an intern at the Environmental Art Garden in Abuja. Being the restless mind that he was, he concluded that just like every other waste in the garden, the bottle caps also had to be transformed into art. He consequently figured that he could make his art more subjective with the bottle caps and immediately picked inspiration from pixels which, en-mass makes up an actual picture.



Egesi believes that art should project something concrete, not only mirror the society, but go a step further in proffering solutions to the multi-faceted problems that abound, especially in a clime like Nigeria.

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Facebook: Joshua Egesi 

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We are happy to have featured this amazing talent on HANDS our creativity centered programme and hope to invite him to our annual creative exhibition show aimed at promoting African art and exhibition. His details are available here and his talent ready to serve a populace.

Twitter:Joshua Egesi

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Anchor: Tolu ‘Taraj’ Omisakin

Camera Works: Chris Mokwunye ‘Krismok’

Graphics: Michael ‘Surplus’ Egbo

Music: Oluwatosin ‘O’tea’ Aphia

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Meet Ejovwokeoghene S. Okorodafe, Painter and Potter

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Anttention Media had the pleasure of interviewing a talented lady who embodies the true  inspiring spirit of Nigeria. A true creative soul who has wholly given herself to the pursuit of creative excellence.

Ejovwokeoghene S. Okorodafe is a painter and a potter from Ughelli North LGA, Delta State, Nigeria. She was born in December 1989 to Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Queen Okorodafe, the last addition to the nuclear family tree. Her passion for Art began so early in life that it’s almost impossible to tell the exact age when she started her Artistic journey. By age 4, she was already making drawings with simple lines and by the age of 6 years, had decided to become a Fine Artist. Her father would always call her to present her scraggly drawings to his visitors, proudly showing off the budding talent of his youngest child.



She grew up and schooled in Port Harcourt, from primary school up to her tertiary level.  In her secondary school, (First International Academy) She was the only one in a class of about 70 students taking Fine Arts classes in preparation for WAEC examinations but she was not discouraged because of her goal of becoming a professional artist. An uncle of hers, Mr. Emmanuel Oboba who was a Fine Arts teacher in a govt. School, also noticed her determination and offered to give her extra lessons in drawing and painting. This proved to be very instrumental to her success in the WAEC examinations.
In 2005, Ejovwoke gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt, Fine Arts and Design department, where she graduated as a ceramist. However, she still nurtured her love for pencil drawings, quick sketches and painting, eventually making her practice professionally more as a painter than a potter in the years after her graduation from school.

Earning an income after graduation was also a major challenge as is usually the case for most young artists. Ejovwoke worked for a few months at a local ceramics factory at Oboburu, ONELGA; then as a Fine arts teacher for the primary and secondary section at Wisdom Gate International Schools from 2013 to 2015. She enjoyed the job, but hardly had enough time for real studio practice as a professional artist. Balancing work with the lengthy hours required to produce good paintings continuously was really tasking. By 2017, she made a tough decision to quit her part time teaching job and move to Lagos where the Arts are better appreciated, to practice Art as a full time business, applying her creative skills to meet everyday needs and earn an income: interior/exterior mural (wall) designs, classroom decoration, painting faces at children’s parties, production of party mask costumes, kids craft tutorials, hand made birthday cards and portrait painting.

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Ejovwoke has participated in the Art and cultural exhibitions at the Novare Lekki Mall, Sangotedo, Lagos where she displayed some of the paintings in her ongoing series, THE MIND OF SHALOM: a group of paintings that emphasize the importance of developing the right mindset/attitude, inner strength, contentment, good will, peace and tranquillity. She strongly believes that such a mindset will lead to a prosperous life for every individual which will in turn produce a better society and stronger nation. Her paintings suggest that the problems in our country and infact the world at large, will be better tackled if only each person will work on his/her inner self first, so that they can be able to give something positive and helpful to others; since you can never give what you do not possess.

Amongst Ejovwoke’s future projects is a solo exhibition which will specially celebrate and applaud women for their unique but often overlooked role in nation building. The exhibition will remind women of their importance in society and encourage them to forge on with the good work they do balancing their duties as wives, mothers and career women. She will be displaying paintings done in a rare scribble technique which she developed using biro ink and acrylics . Her works will also be featured in the upcoming Society of Nigerian Artists exhibition by October this year.

We are happy to have featured this amazing talent on HANDS our creativity centered programme and hope to invite her to our annual creative exhibition show aimed at promoting African art and exhibition. Her details are available here and her talent ready to serve a populace.

Instagram:ejovwoke_okorodafe

Facebook: ejovwoke okorodafe


Anchor: Tolu ‘Taraj’ Omisakin

Camera Works: Chris Mokwunye ‘Krismok’

Graphics: Michael ‘Surplus’ Egbo

Music: Oluwatosin ‘O’tea’ Aphia

Let’s take your craft to the world! Booking Agent Chibuike Obi (advertjedichobi@gmail.com)

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