Ngozi Rosemary Akande, is a prolific artist who uses her art as an advocacy for women rights and empowerment. She is a mentor to younger artists, women and children. This she does through art workshops, career talk in schools, art competitions for boys and girls. She presented art workshop for children in July 2015 at the World Children Festival at the Eclipse in Washington, U S. She also represented Nigeria at the UNESCO Andorra Art Camp For Peace and came top in Africa. She has received several awards such as FRCN Rare Gem as a mentor 2016 and Lagos Ambassador 2017, for sustainability and promotion of arts in Nigeria. One of her Paintings “Life First Food,” Pastel on Paper, was used by WHO as a campaign photo for exclusive breast feeding in Nigerian Hospitals for a period of 10 years (1992-2002).
She is a versatile artist who works with acrylic, pastel, mixed media and oil colours. She was Secretary, Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEAAN) 2001-2011, Secretary, Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), 2007-2009, President FEAAN (2011- March 2018). She is also an art administrator, a Deputy Director, Arts and Craft, at the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Abuja
Ngozi has been practicing art since 1986, She was among the second set of artists who participated in “Unity Through Arts” by Guinness Nigeria in 1991. One of her Paintings “Life First Food,” Pastel on Paper, which featured in the exhibition was used by WHO as a campaign photo for exclusive breast feeding in Nigerian Hospitals for a period of 10 years (1992-2002). Ngozi through her schedule in the office has impacted on the younger ones through art workshops, career talks in schools and art competitions. She presented an art workshop for children in July 2015 at the World Children Festival at the Eclipse in Washington. She also represented Nigeria at the UNESCO Andorra Art Camp for Peace and came top in Africa. In 2016. She received an award from FRCN as a Rare Gem. In December 2017, she received an Award from Lagos State Governor as Lagos Ambassador for sustainability and promotion of art in Nigeria.
As the President of the Female Artists Association of Nigeria, (FEAAN), she brought several projects and collaborations that have impacted on the lives of the members. She has had well catalogued exhibitions continuously for 7 years. She has developed relationships with international communities that have resulted in the association not depending on the government for sponsorships. These partnerships have resulted in two members of the association traveling to china for an art workshop training in 2016 and 2017 and 3 members are currently enjoying full post graduate scholarship at the Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja. An international art exhibition was held in Dubai in 2012, an international art conference was held in Delta State University, Abraka, 2013 and its outcome culminated into the FEAAN Journal.
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