My upbringing is precisely why I approach art the way I do. I was raised in the Chicagoland suburbs and in my younger years attended predominantly white schools. This is something that shapes my work today, due to the fact that it was such a stark difference from the life I led at home with my immigrant parents from Nigeria. By going to schools with this sort of racial makeup, I didn’t learn a great deal of Black history, if at all. This is why the mission statement of my art practice is to educate by sharing the information that I learn on my personal journey of Black consciousness. My work today tends to challenge viewers to question the systems they find themselves in, which will hopefully cause them to have much needed conversations with those closest to them regarding social justice issues.  

I’m drawn to highlighting Black life in my work because I feel as though it’s something that is often neglected. The social justice themes found throughout my work is my way of advocating for those without a voice. 

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