Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye (born 1951) is one of the world’s foremost textile artists. She learnt traditional weaving and textile dyeing from her grandmother in Ogidi-Ijumu, Kogi State. Chief Nike’s artistic skills were nurtured at a young age by her family who were musicians and skilled craftsmen. She spent the early part of her professional life in Osogbo, which is recognised as one of the major centres for art and culture in Nigeria. During her stay in Osogbo, indigo dying and Adire production dominated her training.
Chief Nike is the founder and director of four art centres, which offer free training to young artists in visual, musical and the performing arts. She is the owner of the largest art gallery in West Africa, compromising over 7,000 artworks. The centres also serve as a rich source of knowledge for traditional arts and culture to scholars and institutions.
Chief Nike has showcased her art globally at major exhibitions and festivals including in the USA, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom and in Nigeria. She has been featured in numerous films including Kindred Spirits by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, African Voices and Inside Africa by CNN and For the Love of Indigo by CFC/Sandra Mbanefo Obiago. She is a recipient of many national and international awards for both her artistic and humanitarian work. She is a sought after speaker and has lectured and taught workshops at many universities including Harvard University, Northern Michigan University, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Alberta.