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See the Highlights from Nigeria’s Debut at the Most Important Art Exhibition in the World – La Biennale di Venezia



Nigeria in Venice

Nigeria In Venice Project team with the comissioner, Governor Godwin Obaseki

The Venice Arte Biennale – opened Wednesday, May 10th. The Nigerian Pavilion and Exhibition titled ‘How About Now?‘ was commissioned by the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.

The Biennale is widely regarded as the visual Olympics of the art world, and is a culturally powerful event for participating countries.

The artists selected to represent Nigeria; Victor Ehikhamenor, Peju Alatise & Qudus Onikeku –  presented a multidimensional story and meditation on time via sculpture, performance and painting.

The Nigerian Exhibition and Pavilion is curated by art enthusiast and gallery owner, Adenrele Sonariwo. The associate curator is writer, Emmanuel Iduma.

The exhibition has so far received positive critical reviews from global art journals and magazines. It has been listed in four must-see pavilion reviews. This is no small feat, especially as this is Nigeria’s first time showing at the global event.

At the opening were art enthusiasts, collectors, corporate citizens and captains of industry from Nigeria. The exhibition is open until November 26th 2017.

See all the photos from the event:

Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaskei (Comissioner of the Nigerian Paviliion in Venice)

Adenrele Sonariwo

Emmanuel Iduma

Ike Chioke (Steering Committee Member)

Mai Atafo

Mark Guiducci, Arts Editor, Vogue

Olu Akpata

Sam Bradley

Victor Ehikhamenor

Walter Obaseki

Wunika Mukan

Paul Bradley

Qudus Onikeku

Keziah Jones

Jelili Atiku

Ade Adekola & Paul Bradley

Peju Alatise & Adenrele Sonariwo

Victor Ehikhamenor & Azu Ogbu

Wunika Mukan & Keziah Jones

Yvonne Fasinro & Gbenga Oyebode

Victor Ehikhamenor, Jelili Atiku & Adetomiwa Gbadebo

Mai Atafo & Tony Usidamen

Anshu Bahanda, First Lady of Edo State, Betsy Obaseki and Sundeep Bahanda

Emmanuel Iduma (Associate Curator), Adenrele Sonariwo (Lead Curator) & Victor Ehikhamenor

Yvonne Fasionro, Adenrele Sonariwo & Bidemi Zakariyau

Miriam Zamparella, Victor Ehikhamenor & Nogzi Schummers

Steering Committee, Nigeria In Venice

Follow the journey on Instagram @nigeriainvenice

BellaNaija is proud to support Nigeria in Venice, as part of its partication in Nigerian Arts and Culture.


  1. funmilola

    May 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Creative people!

  2. Rainbow

    May 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Very nice. They all look lovely. Brenda Emmanus was there too.

  3. Shaker

    May 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    What a colourful exhibition. Kudos to Aderenle Sonariwo. I see you Phillip Iheanacho, my amazing mancrush.

  4. Adesola A Gbadebo

    October 9, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Adetomiwa your work speak volume. Kudos! You are extremely talented

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