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Update on Goge Africa 20th Anniversary Art Contest

GOGE ART CONTEST

UPDATE ON GOGE AFRICA ART CONTEST 2019

Goge Africa sends warmest congratulations to all the contestants whose entries reflected the theme of our 20th Anniversary Creative Contests.

In accordance with our original modus to adjudge the creativities of all Participants, we have promised to upload and stream, all shortlisted works for online public voting process, across our social media pages. This is to give the teeming online followers of your favorite Travels and Tourism show – Goge Africa, an opportunity to be a part of this noble exercise. It is also a digi-smart way of allowing our contestants to enjoy the appreciations of not only their friends and families but also other members of the global publics, who are aficionados of creative ingenuity.

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Follow Goge Africa across her social media handles:
Facebook: fb.com/gogeafricatv
Twitter: twitter.com/gogeafrica
Instagram: instagram.com/gogeafrica

STEP 2: Like ONLY your 3 best art works out of the 15 qualifying entries across our three social media platforms.

NOTE: Voting ends in 20 working days on 29th November, 2019.

  1. Title of Work: STRING ART OF EYO (A festival of the Yoruba people)

Material(s): Board, Nail, Thread

Dimension: Length 48, Width 31

by OBAZE, JENNIFER

Artist Bio.: Jennifer Obaze is a Nigerian-born Artist, Violinist, Singer and Writer. She grew up learning and performing music and have had the opportunity to perform with renowned instrumentalists and artists within and outside the shores of Nigeria. Jennifer’s innate passion for art drove her into art research. Through self-learning, she made her incursion into the world of art. Breathing life into artworks using strings, nails and woods. She looks forward to Art Residencies which would provide her networking opportunities with renowned artist in the nearest future, aiding her to hone her skills.

Short Description: The Eyo Festival is a Yoruba festival unique to Lagos, Nigeria. It is celebrated on Lagos Island, the traditional homeland of Lagosians. The festival, mostly white robed, has become a major tourist attraction, in Lagos State.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/@iamjeniferbecky

Facebook – www.facebook.com/Jennifer Becky Obaze

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@iamjenniferbecky, @becksartistry

  1. Title: NWA ADA IGBO (IV)

Material(s): Oil, Acrylic and Image transfer on Canvass

Dimension: 36 X 48

by ODINAKACHI OKOROAFOR

Artist Bio: Odinakachi Okoroafor is a Nigerian, born in 1989. He holds a B.A degree in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN). He has participated in numerous art group exhibitions. Notable among them is the Spanish Visual arts competition held in Abuja in 2018, where his artwork was selected as the second runners up.

Short Description: This artwork is a celebration of the African Woman through the prism of an Igbo maiden of Southeastern Nigeria origin. Donning a traditional Igbo hair style, drabbed in a traditional fabric known as Akwete, adorned in Uli body art, and a highly polished African skin and beads; which are of African cultural heritage. The work creatively communicates the diversity and uniqueness of African culture.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/@donkadogaleria

Facebook – www.facebook.com/OdinakachiKingsleyOkoroafor

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@odinakachiokoroafor_artist

  1. Title of work: ISESE L’AGBA

Material(s): Acrylic on Canvas

Dimension: 32” x 36” inches

by OLOJEDE IFEOLUWAPO BABALOLA

Artist Bio: Babalola is an explorer of mixed media art. He started his art career from his primary school and developed his talent in his secondary school when he served as the school cartoonist in the school magazine. He obtained a National Diploma in General Art graduate of The Polytechnic Ibadan, Eruwa (now Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic Eruwa) emerging Overall Best student of Art and Design Department.  Proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, where he bagged his B.A. and M.A. in Arts. He had participated in many National art competitions such as LIMCAF (Life in my City Art Festival), Sterling Bank Recyclart Competition, Union Bank Centenary Art Challenge and many more. He won the second prize in the National Art Competition organized by Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in 2011 and many other awards. He is presently a full time studio artist.

Short Description: Isese L’Agba is a painting which revolves around three themes predominant amongst Africans – Religion, Culture, and Dress. Through the use of various motifs, the artists’ work symbolically represents the several elements of African societies within the ambits of the aforementioned themes, tracing the historical drift of Africa from traditional religion to later-day Christianity and Islam. Employing Nigeria as a focal point, the diversity of the African continent is further portrayed through the eyes of the largest ethnic constituents in Nigeria, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/@OlojedeIfeoluw2

Facebook – www.facebook.com/OlojedeBabalola

Instagram – www.instagram.com/@olojede_explora

  1. Title of Work: THE VALUE OF AFRICAN WOMAN

Material(s): Oil on canvas

Dimension: 3×4 ft

by OBINNA THANKGOD

Artist Bio: Kalu Obinna ThankGod is a Nigerian-born artist, with specialty in painting. A graduate of Nsukka school of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. An enthusiastic and passionate artist who derives joy in realistic painting, not just for aesthetic purposes but also to address the societal issues, air his views through art as a medium for expression. He has participated in several exhibitions including “My Dreams Alive” UNN, “The Manifesto” UNN, “Life in My City” Enugu and so many others.

Short Description: Drawing inspiration from the place of women as purveyors of African life through their wombs, as well being the brain ‘behind’ a man’s success, therefore they deserve to be respected and treated right. This painting through the woman’s facial expression depicts dissatisfaction among our women thus, looking forward and beaconing on our government to help protect our women as well as giving them the love and care they deserve.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/

Instagram – www.instgram.com/

  1. Title of Work: OUR CULTURE, OUR HERITAGE

Material(s): Acrylic and Black Plastic Bags on Canvas

Dimension: 132cmX102cm

by ISREAL PADONU

Artist Bio: Israel Padonu is a 2017 graduate of Creative Arts from Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria. Through mastery of several art medias in drawing and painting, he has unequivocally conveyed his thoughts through art. Open to learning, he looks forward to growing into a more sophisticated artist, advancing the gospel of African beauty. Israel was a recipient of Rotary Club of Altadena, USA entrepreneurship Firts prize award in 2015. He was also awarded by the Creative Arts Students’ Association as the ‘Painter of the year’ in 2017.

Short Description: Drawing inspiration from the ancient past, a kaleidoscopic view of Badagry, its history and culture is presented to all and sundry. Infusing elements of her heritage such as: The Zangbeto Masquerade, The Sato Drum and Fishing as one of the major occupation of the people of Badagry; the artist seeks to evoke an essence of pride in African culture and traditions. West African Adinkra symbols, laced with meanings such as; Bravery and Valour, Independence, Freedom and Emancipation, Beauty and Cleanliness. The goge as an African musical instrument is on the Madagascar part of the African map in this painting, and it’s a deliberate act to celebrate Goge Africa at 20.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/@artpadonu

Facebook – www.facebook.com/israelpadonu

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@artpadonu

6. Title of Work: BEHOLDERS EYE

Material(s): Mixed Media Charcoal Pencil on Pastel

by AKINNAWO FRANCIS JIDE

Artist Bio: Akinnawo Francis Jide is a Nigerian trained pharmacist by profession who found love and passion in pencil artistry.

Short Description: The artwork is a charcoal pencil on pastel paper work, named beholders eye. It speaks of the beauty in the African culture. The figures are representative of regions I.e. the lip plate culture from Ethiopia, the Idia mask from Nigeria and the Dan mask from Liberia. I also love not to limit peoples’ interpretation of an artwork to just my imagination, and I’d rather they take their own meaning from it. Thank you for this opportunity.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/@francisjide

Facebook – www.facebook.com/@francisjideakinnawo

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@francisjide 

  1. Title of Work: REFLECTION

Material(s): Wood

Dimension:

by CHRISTIAN IMOLOGHOME 

Artist Bio: Imologhome Christian Omoghena is a Nigerian-born artist. He obtained his school leaving certificate at Government Technical College, Enugu. Christian is currently studying Art, at the studio of ArtivitySb Enugu

Short Description: Reflection exudes the beauty and strength inherent in Nigerian cum African cultural diversity. The wood through which this piece is carved represents strength. Carved around the central figure of the sculpture, are other objects like leave symbolically representing life; a calabash, heart and Kings talisman.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@

  1. Title of Work: UNDAUNTED

Material: Fiber Glass and Metal

Dimension: 47/123

by MORAKINYO CALEB

Artist Bio: Morakinyo Caleb also known as Calebart on Instagram, is a Lagos-born artist. Having practiced art under the tutelage of an art virtuoso, he proceeded to the Institute of management and technology (IMT), Enugu where he obtained a Diploma in Fine Arts. Currently, he is a student of sculpture in the school of ART, IMT Enugu.

Short Description: An aggregation of cultural diversity and technological advancement, specifically the bronze age; the sculpture represents the three major ethnic groupings in Nigeria. On both side of the artwork is a close representation of the Ofo, an Igbo elite insignia of office, engraved with traditional Uli art. On the forehead is the ìfẹ́ head, a representation of the Ooni/òní. A close representation of this symbol could also be found on the crown of the present- day (Ooni/oni) of ìfẹ́, a Yoruba tribe of the South West Nigeria. The scarification on the brow, represents widespread scarification, a form of beautification, notably found amongst the Hausa/Fulani people of Northern Nigeria. The beads on each side of the cheek down to the chin level represents ornaments of Benin kings of Southern Nigeria. The work is seated on a type of hand fan mainly used by Kings and nobles from the South-South Nigeria. The reddish brown colour (bronze) commemorate artist of 15th and 16th century and their impact on bronze sculptures.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/@Ayoscaleb

Facebook – www.facebook.com/@Ayoscaleb

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@calebart

  1. Title: WAY TO HER

Material(s): Mixed Media on Paper

Dimension: Fusion of Portrait and landscape – “PORTSCAPE”

by AGBENIGA OBAMAYOWA

Artist Bio: Agbeniga Obamayowa is a self-taught artist, burgeoning art and media entrepreneur. Though of science background, his romance with arts can be traced to his nascent days. Led by passion, his resurgence into the world of arts, came after his undergraduate degree programme at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Adopting the brand, “I chose science, ARTS chose me”, Mayowa, through his art has taken the position of a social reformer. His works have been featured on notable online arts platform – Saatchi Art, and a host of other arts exhibitions.

Short Description: In African cultural clime, women are viewed as reservoirs of peace, beauty and love. As depicted by the serenity of the environment of the image dress, … the cloud, flowers, trees, water… And this road to her heart can only be taken by that person, whose decision is to embark on a one-way trip, without intent of reversing as portrayed by the rail line…Notwithstanding, faults developed by the train, or the slow pace of the journey, the rail only leads to its destination. Interpreting these imageries, only a man who sees the royalty of a woman, commits his loyalty to her, views her as a queen can bring forth perpetual smiles on her face. “HE WHOSE COMMITMENT TO HER KNOWS NO REVERSE.” May we be that man!!!

Social Media Handles(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/@mayordmajor

Facebook – www.facebook.com/agbenigamayowa

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@agbenigamayowa

  1. Title: MY CULTURE

Material(s): Mixed media

Dimension: 3 by 4ft

by OLOWU, IFEOLUWA OLUWASEUN

Artist Bio: Olowu, Ifeoluwa Oluwaseun was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He attended Yaba College of Technology primary and secondary school. Nurtured interest from comics and nature, this interest was cultivated during his childhood and further developed, when he opted to take his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts. He attended the University of Lagos, where he majored in painting, under the Visual Arts unit. After completing his degree, Ife delved into Painting and acquired skills in Designs and printing. His practice is a combination of drawing, designs and paintings, to create visually appealing works, using the expressionism style. His pencil works are realistic and he aims to achieve photographic representation. Ife has had two major group exhibitions, in the year 2018. He has participated in several art exhibitions across the country.

Short Description: The use of expressive colours and mixed media for this work of Art. Tribal mark plays a very vital role in our culture and heritage. These scarifications’  are specific identification and also used for beautification. We can easily tell a person’s state by his/her Tribal marks.  The Gele also signifies the Owambe of the Yoruba people.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@

11.Title: OUR CULTURE, OUR HERITAGE
Dimension: 47 by 48 inches
Material(s): Oil on canvas

by STANLEY ONUMAEGBU

Artist Bio: Onumaegbu stanley is a self-taught artist with a degree in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He has been actively involved in art since 2005. A member of the Society of Nigerian Artists, Abuja chapter. Through his work, he hopes to bring into view, tribal unity and coexistence, traditions and practices and the plight of the common man. He is inspired by music and nature. He works mainly with oils, acrylic and charcoal. Some of his mentors are Oswald Uruakpai and Millicent Osumuo.

Short Description: A creative illustration of distinct Afro-cultural musical instruments, associated with disparate ethnic groups in Africa.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/@apocalyptoart8

Facebook – www.facebook.com/onumaegbuStanley

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@apocalyptoart

  1. Title: CONTENTMENT

Dimension:

Material(s): Oil on canvass

by ONYIBOR, UCHENNA COLLINS

Artist Bio.: Uchenna is a Nigerian creative artist. She hails from Affa in Udi local government area of Enugu state, Nigeria. Obtained a Higher National Diploma from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu; with specialization in Art. Presently practices as a studio artist.

Short Description: Sometimes we are faced with depression about not having enough but we have to learn how to appreciate the little we have. In this painting the young girl has only one orange. She didn’t have many but she still happy and satisfy despite being in the rain of life (hardship) she still finds joy. Be happy with whatever you have little or big, one or two, black or white etc. Contentment is the key. Our culture teaches us to be contented with what we have.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@

13.Title: IDEAL AFRICA                
Material(s): Schneider pens on cardboard

Dimension: 20 by 20 inches

by JOSHUA STEVE

 Artist Bio: An artist with zeal to explore the possibilities inherent in art.

Short Description: The beauty of Africa is found in its culture, beautiful sceneries, wildlife, people, attires, religion, arts and crafts. Africa is the home of artistic beauty and culture. Africa is the apple in the eyes of the gods who watch over them. Africa is the home of traditional ethics and good upbringing. Africa is blessed and endowed.  I’m proud of my home, Africa.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@joshspenz_art

  1. Title: JOYOUS MOMENT

Material(s): Oil on canvas

Dimension: 48 X 72 inches

by NZENNAYA BARRY IKECHUKWU

Artist Bio: Nzennaya Barry Ikechukwu is a professionally trained artist from the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State. He studied Fine and Applied Arts and graduated as the best painting student in 2010. As an Artist, he loves his expression to have no bounds but he is fascinated by shapes and how they can interact to create forms and expressions. His style of painting is influenced by the works of Yusuf Grillo, Sam Ebohon, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cezanne.Barry has in his professional belt exhibitions, auction and Art competitions. He is a full time studio Artist base in Lagos.

Short Description: The work is a creative depiction of an African festival scene. Dancers swirling their bodies to the rhythm emanating from African drum, a means of communication. African culture through festivals celebrate happiness and well-being of the people. This artwork is a portrayal of the festivities and energy associated with an African.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/@nzennayabarry

Facebook – www.facebook.com/NzennayaBarryIkechukwu

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@barrynze

  1. Title: TRADITIONAL DRUMMERS IN YORUBALAND

Material(s): Pen and white pastel

Dimension: 79x92cm

by OLIGBINDE SAMUEL ROTIMI

Artist Bio.: Rotimi hails from Ogun State, Southwestern Nigeria. Discovering his potentials at an early age, he took a swipe at art. Rotimi prides himself as one of the finest contemporary artist, his works focused drawing and sculpture. His art pieces revolve around the themes of contemporary life and environment depicted in the course of day-to-day activity.

Short Description: Africa is rich in culture and diversity, with different ethnicities. The work depicts traditional drummers in Yorubaland, playing traditional musical instruments in a festival. African belief in succession of the old by the young, inspires the artist fusion of a young boy playing an instrument with the older folks.

Social Media Handle(s): Twitter – www.twitter.com/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/navigatorrotimioligbinde

Instagram – www.instgram.com/@comraderotimi

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Written by Martin Eze

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