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Courage could create opportunities. In 2005, a Nigerian artist based in Germany, decided to organize a workshop in Nigeria and exhibit his works. The workshop was not only successful but paved way for a competition sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Lagos. Two students at the Yaba College of Technology won the 1st and 2nd prizes of the competition, which offered them the opportunity to study at a German Art Academy for a semester. In December 2007, the works of these two Nigerians together with the works of Chidi Kwubiri who organized the workshop as well as the works of the lecturer of the two students were exhibited at the “new” Goethe-Institut Düsseldorf.
 

The Goethe Institute Düsseldorf moved into a new spacious ultra modern office near the central railway station. To celebrate the action, the institute organized an opening ceremony titled “990 m² Kunst und Kommunikation” (990 m² Art and Communication) on the 6th of December 2007 . The major art component of the event was made up of the works of four Nigerian artists namely, Chidi Kwubiri, Mike Omoigbe, Peter Uka and Idowu Emmanuel Oluwaseun.  

 
Dr. Michael Krajewski, co-curator and co-organiser of the exhibition
 
Peter Uka is a student at the Yaba College of Technology. He won the 1st prize at the “Art-Work-Chop” competition sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Lagos.   Continue>
 

Peter Uka, Chidi Kwubiri and Idowu Emmanuel Oluwaseun (left to right)
 

Chidi Kwubiri studied fine art at the Art Academy Düsseldorf, Germany , where he was a top student. Kwubiri has taken part in exhibitions in Europe and the USA . He lives and works in Germany . More about Chidi could be read here>

Mike Omoigbe studied at the Yaba College of Technology, Auchi Art School, and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has exhibited both solo and in group within Nigeria and abroad. He is not only a fine artist and lecturer at the Yaba College of Technology, but also a curator and art critic. He is the chairman of the Nigerian Union of art critics. He lives and works in Nigeria . Mike Omoigbe returned to Nigeria after a brief visit to Düsseldorf, where he met artists at the Art Academy and learned  German at the Goethe-Institut.
 
Ulrich Lindner, Director of the Goethe-Institutes in Germany(left)
 

Peter Uka is a student at the Yaba College of Technology. He won the 1st prize of the “Art-Work-Chop” competition sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Lagos. The competition was part of the workshop organized in Nigeria by Chidi Kwubiri. The prize entitled him to study at a German Art Academy for a semester. According to Peter, it is a wonderful experience for him to meet German artists, discuss and learn from them. In his opinion, art has neither boundaries nor limitations and he would exploit these characteristics to the optimum without losing his personal originality.

Idowu Emmanuel Oluwaseun is also a student at the Yaba College of Technology. He won the 2nd prize of the same competition in which Peter Uka participated. He took the opportunity offered through the 2nd prize to study at a German Art Academy for a semester. With the help of Chidi Kwubiri, Idowu and Peter gained admission to the Art Academy Düsseldorf for a semester. Idowu is determined to bring the creativity of Nigerian artists to the limelight in Germany . His professional goal is to be recognized internationally as an artist and become great like the old masters.   Continue>

 
 

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The opening event included classic music concerts by Korean students learning German language at the Goethe-Institut Düsseldorf and speeches given by the following specials guests:

  • Gilles Thibault, French General Consulate of France

  • Hans-Georg Lohe, Cultural Department of the city of Düsseldorf

  • Ulrich Lindner, Director of the Goethe-Institutes in Germany

  • Dr. Michael Krajewski, co-curator and co-organiser of the exhibition

With snacks and drinks, the attendees enjoyed a nice evening with the creative works of Nigerian artists.

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