A face under transformation by Tayo Adenaike

A face under transformation by Tayo Adenaike

Watercolor on paper, 45.7 x 60.9cm, 2015

Our Hope lies in the Begotten Son by Tayo Adenaike

Our Hope lies in the Begotten Son by Tayo Adenaike

Watercolour on paper 18 x 24 inches, 2009

Of Education, Knowledge by Obiora Anidi

Of Education, Knowledge by Obiora Anidi

Freedom and Development,36cm, 2015

Stress in, Stress out, Stress all over by Obiora Anidi

Stress in, Stress out, Stress all over by Obiora Anidi

Concrete and m…l, 33cm, 1991

Sharo-Rite of Passage by Tayo Adenaike

Sharo-Rite of Passage by Tayo Adenaike

Watercolor on Paper, 45.7 x 60.9cm, 2005

The Farmer and the Land he once tilled by Tayo Adenaike

The Farmer and the Land he once tilled by Tayo Adenaike

Watercolor on paper, 45.7 x 60.9cm, 2006

Reclining Figure III (Nightmare of the Deprived) by Obiora Anidi

Reclining Figure III (Nightmare of the Deprived) by Obiora Anidi

Ma & l, 45cm, 1991

Robosity of a culture, Marble, by Obiora Anidi

Robosity of a culture, Marble, by Obiora Anidi

Concrete and metal, 30cm, 1991

He runs after your Car often Neglected by Tayo Adenaike

He runs after your Car often Neglected by Tayo Adenaike

Watercolor on paper, 60.9 x 45.7cm, 2015

A Street Person clad in green by Tayo Adenaike

A Street Person clad in green by Tayo Adenaike

Watercolour on paper, 24 inches x 18 inches, 2009

Youth in flight. Search for greener pasture, by Obiora Anidi

Youth in flight. Search for greener pasture, by Obiora Anidi

Marble, …l270cm, 2000

Aftermath…Never say die, Marble by Obiora Anidi

Aftermath…Never say die, Marble by Obiora Anidi

Concrete and me 32cm, 1991

Surprised but Resolute, by Tayo Adenaike

Surprised but Resolute, by Tayo Adenaike

Watercolor on paper,

Not happy.. Not sad.. just there, by Tayo Adenaike,

Not happy.. Not sad.. just there, by Tayo Adenaike,

Watercolor on paper, 45.7 x 60.9 cm, 2010

Ancestral Forest…Grandpa III, Marble by Obiora Anidi

Ancestral Forest…Grandpa III, Marble by Obiora Anidi

Concrete and l, 31cm, 2015

Anya Ike..Innocence of the Youth Marble by Obiora Anidi

Anya Ike..Innocence of the Youth Marble by Obiora Anidi

Concrete , 70cm 2009

Acceptance of Guilt by Tayo Adenaike

Acceptance of Guilt by Tayo Adenaike

Watercolour on paper, 24 inches x 18 inches, 2010

Burrow of Rest

Burrow of Rest

Watercolor on paper, 45.7 x 60cm, 2004

Down, Not Out, Marble by Obiora Anidi

Down, Not Out, Marble by Obiora Anidi

Concrete and metal 65mm, 1999

Ekwu Ito…trinity of the extended family by Obiora Anidi

Ekwu Ito…trinity of the extended family by Obiora Anidi

Marble an me, 36cm 2015

Between Misery and Joy by Tayo Adenaike

Between Misery and Joy by Tayo Adenaike

Watercolor on paper

Eleganza Africana by Obiora Anidi

Eleganza Africana by Obiora Anidi

Concrete and metal, 117cm, 1996

Eye to Eye by Obiora Anidi

Eye to Eye by Obiora Anidi

Marble, concrete and metal, 20cm, 2000

Ikolobia by Obiora Anidi

Ikolobia by Obiora Anidi

Marble and concrete, 25cm, 2015

  • Akalaka
  • Obiora Anidi Tayo Adenaike

  • April 19 - July 15, 2015

  • The Wheatbaker


  • Besides being an impressive showing by each artist, AKALAKA is an important home coming for two influential artists of the Uli tradition, who have not had a major showing in Nigeria since the mid 1990’s.

    Adenaike and Anidi are part of the Uli art movement which originated at the famous Nsukka Art School of the 1970's and 1980's, spearheaded by internationally acclaimed Professor Uche Okeke of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The globally celebrated artists who’s joint show AKALAKA, literally means “the lines on the palm of your hand” connoting destiny in Igbo, present sculptures and watercolors which draw inspiration from a repertoire of Uli motifs found largely in Igbo land, which is a dying art form; it was solely the preserve of women, who either used it for body adornment or wall decorations of sacred shrines.

    Both Anidi and Adenaike, who last held a joint show at the Italian Cultural Center over 30 years ago, have created an unforgettable, powerful visual language that though expressed in different media, share a deep congruity.