United States of America former first Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday visited Nigerian-born female artist, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby in her California studio.
Interstingly, Akunyili-Crosby is the daughter of late Dora Akunyili, who was a former Director-General of the National Agency for Food Administration and Control; and also a former Minister of Information and Communications from 2008 to 2010.
The visit was a surprise to Chidiogo her sister, as she chose to express her feelings with a post that read: “So this just happened! Casual Saturday in the Akunyili Crosby family. When the Michelle Obama pays a visit to your studio!”
Njideka, a celebrated artiste was recently profiled in the 2019 TIME Magazine ‘100 Next’ list.
The TIME’s ‘100 Next’ is an annual list of 100 influential people in the world who are actively contributing to changing the world through their craft.
Speaking more about the prowess Njideka’s works, journalist Madeleine Carlisle said, “Njideka Akunyili-Crosby’s works have sold for millions at auctions.
As a result of the acceptability Njideka’s works, it was able to go beyond borders.
Carlisle speaking said, “But in 2018, it was possible to see one at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art free of charge — you didn’t even have to go inside.
“The visual artist was only the second person to be chosen to create a mural on the walls of the museum itself, which was visible from Grand Avenue’s sidewalk.
“It featured brightly coloured scenes of domestic life: in one section, a woman rests her elbow on a table, seemingly deep in thought.
“Akunyili-Crosby — who moved to the U.S. from Nigeria in her teens— is known for such scenes, some of which are autobiographical and incorporate references to both countries,”
Considering the way forward for her works Akunyili-Crosby said to TIME that, “I’m really looking at how [Nigeria and the U.S.] are complex hybrid spaces.”
History was made in 2018 when Akunyili-Crosby sold one of her painting for the sum of N1.2bn.
Her recent feat was her clinching $625,000 MacArthur Genius Grant which made her N225m richer.
She also made a whooping sum of N1.2bn outstanding Bush Babies painting which was sold by Sotheby’s.