Daring Swipe at Nigeria’s State of Affairs–
The ability to provoke engaging debates about the present ‘state of the
nation’ is one inimitable quality of Ndidi Dike’s latest New works and
Installations on exhibit at the National Museum Onikan, Lagos from the 3rd
all through to the 8th of February, 2016.
From ” National Grid” to “How Much am I Worth”,” Untitled 1″ to ” Untitled
2″ , were the breathtaking works/ installations on display in a private
view heralding a public solo exhibition starting on Wednesday. Dignitaries
came to experience thought provoking artistic quality that the name, Ndidi
Dike has become synonymous with, and all these implicitly ask most
relevant questions on our current state of affairs, daring yet gentle and
meek, in confronting the myriad of challenges we have at hand as a people .
The compelling intellectual task beyond what is in the obvious, I think, is
another reason why Ndidi’s creative outputs will continue to attract
significant art connoisseurs ,patrons, collectors and admirers in the
creative arts industries and beyond, since her exhibitions have proven to
be a unique and compelling journey in the arts, a platform where to
analyse and draw relatable conclusions on matters affecting the society as
subtly articulated through ample use of politically and socially selected
choices of potent objects and media.
Among those present at the exclusive private view were: HRM, the Obi of
Onitsha. Igwe Alfred Nnemeka Achebe (Agbogidi)CFR mni, Former Attorney
General Lagos State, Mrs. H. A. Balogun, OON. Frank Okonta,funke Akinyanju
, Josaphine Igberease, Director of Drama National Troupe of Nigeria, Toyin
Akinosho, Yolande Chirwa,The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social
Development Edo State, Aanena Jemitola, , Ms. Iyabode Aboaba, Molara Wood,
Peju Alatise, Bisi Silva and a host of other members of the discerning
arts community, who appreciated the profound aesthetic values, and dynamism
that she revealed in the only 4 works exhibited.
On the whole, It is common knowledge how unideal it is to attach a
straight-jacket interpretative measure to a work of art, moreover
originally, Ndidi’s works afford the opportunity for multiple
possibilities, and therein lies their eternal values.
Some of Ndidi’s Exhibits
Sam Osaze ,a writer and an Arts Enthusiast, wrote this piece from Lagos,Nigeria