Obiora Anidi (born 1957) is a Chief Lecturer at the Fine and Applied Art Department, Enugu State College of Education. He is also the Chairman of Board, Enugu State Council of Arts and Culture, and a Member, Local Organizing Committee of the annual Life on My City Art Festival, Enugu, which has provided an important platform for many young Nigerian emerging artists since 2007. He graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Dine and Applied Arts & Sculpture from the Institute of Management & Technology (IMT) IN 1982. He also holds a Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Educational Technology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Enugu State University of Technology, respectively. One of the founding members of the famous AKA Circle of Exhibiting Artists, Anidi is a celebrated sculptor from the Uli tradition who has taken part in many local and international art exhibitions in Nigeria, USA, Jamaica, Germany, and Italy. His works are in numerous private and corporate art collections in Nigeria and abroad.
Anidi’s powerful sculptures are recognized and prized in the Nigerian contemporary art tradition; “their lucid figurative and abstract formal language tends to blow with their ambiguous title to make the viewer understand the physical experiences that he has translated into sculptural expressions” according to Dr. Eva Obodo of the University of Nigeria Nsukka’s Fine & Applied Arts Department. Anidi’s artistic legacy is documented in local and international publications including the Okike: An African Journal of New Writing, African Arts and in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art publication Nigerian Artists: A Who’s Who and Bibliography (1993).