Obi Okigbo grew up in Nigeria until the age of 16. She continued her studies in Kent, then graduated from Oxford Brooks University with a BA in Architecture and pursued her post-graduate studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
She practiced architecture in London, Rome and Paris until 1994.
In 1995 she moved to Brussels where she lives with her children Sofia and Luca. Expanding her reach into the visual arts, she began developing her work on a theoretical level through painting and has consequently exhibited in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Dubai and Belgium including two major solo exhibitions in Lagos, 2003 and London, 2007.
She established the Christopher Okigbo Foundation in 2005, which is tasked with researching and preserving the legacy of Christopher Okigbo, poet (1932-1967).