Obiageli Annabel Zeinab Okigbo

“My training as an architect at the Oxford Brooks University and the Architecture Association (UK) left a strong imprint on my work, expanding my reach through new media and different supports, ranging from “Indian ink on linen” to oil paint and collage.“

Multidisciplinary Artist


Obiageli Okigbo is a Nigerian artist based between Brussels and Abuja.


“In 2005, I launched the Christopher Okigbo Foundation tasked with researching and preserving the legacy of my father Christopher Okigbo, poet who departed on the field of the Biafra war in 1967. The connection with my father's poetic legacy accentuates the multi-disciplinary approach that Okigbo inscribes in my work, in which we recognise the influence of the Dutch Masters as much as appropriations of Igbo mythology. Having launched my career with a solo show in Lagos in 2003, I continue to nurture my ties to my country of origin through engaging in projects, shows and Contemporary Art fairs such as ARTX 2016 (first art fair in West Africa). In 2015 I joined the collective of Nigerian artists in the Diaspora NASUK, which organises annual group exhibitions including the seminal commemorative exhibition “Legacies of Biafra” at SOAS London 2017/8. I have participated in exhibitions in Belgium, UK, and Dubai, in conferences including DOCUMENTA 14 (2017) and “Spoken Word” performances most recently at the National Theatre (2020), London. Alongside my painting practice, I have recently started to experiment with photography, video, and installation pieces.“




- 2023/03-07 - “Célébration Picasso, la collection prend des couleurs” @Picasso Museum, Paris France
- 2022 /03-06 - “THE AFRICANS”; a radio play in 3 acts “by Christian Nyampeta, @Anozero ’21-’22 Biennal de Coimbra MEIA NOITE, Coimbra Portugal
- 2022/03 - “THE AFRICANS”; a radio play in 3 acts by Christian Nyampeta @Chimurenga, Cape Town, SA
- 2022/01 - “TOGETHERING” curated by Otobong Nkanga @Galerie InSitu Fabienne Leclerc, Romainville France
- 2021/10 - Artist in residence @De School van Gasbeek, Gasbeek, Belgium
- 2021/10-12 - “LEGACIES OF BIAFRA” NSUK @Gallery Oldham, Manchester, UK
- 2021/09 - “CAPTURING_LIGHT” @Ung_5, Cologne, Germany
- 2021/09-10 - “PLANTING NEW MBARIS” Solo exhibition @Centruum Cultuur, Strombeek Belgium
- 2021/ 04 - “LES ORAGES” @ISELP, Brussels Belgium
- 2021 03: - “THE AFRICANS”; a radio play in 3 acts by Christian Nyampeta @Wiels Brussels, Belgium
- 2019 09/01 2020 - “CONVERGENCE” Solo exhibition @SMO Contemporary, Wheatbaker hotel, Lagos Nigeria
- 2019/06 - “WOMEN & MIGRATION” @La Tricoterie, Brussels Belgium
- 2017 /07 - “LEGACIES OF BIAFRA” NSUK @Brunei gallery SOAS, London UK
- 2017/06 - “Biafra’s Children: A survivors Gathering” @Documenta 14; Public Programs, Athens Greece
- 2017/02 - “GALLERY OF SMALL THINGS” @Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos Nigeria
- 2016/11 - Artists Residency (Senior fellow) @The Wole Soyinka Foundation, Abeokuta Nigeria
- 2016 /11 - “LAMENT OF THE SILENT SISTERS” Solo exhibition @ARTX LAGOS ART FAIR, Lagos Nigeria
- 2016/05-08 - “STANDING OUT” @SMO Contemporary Temple Muse, Lagos Nigeria
- 2016/10 - “AURORA” Nigeria Art Society, London UK
- 2015/12. - “PLATFORM” @Art Twenty-One, Lagos Nigeria
- 2015/10 - “ARIYA” @Nigeria Art Society, London UK
- 2014/10 - “NIGERIA at 100” @Nigeria Art Society, London UK
- 2013/11- Artist in resident @Compeung, Doi Saket Thailand
- 2012/09 - ‘The Future of Emotional Investments: Art as an Asset’ @Citi Group / Bank of America, London UK
- 2012/05 - Group show @Galerie Lumières d’Afrique, Brussels Belgium
- 2011/03 - “AS IT IS”, Contemporary African Art Series @Mojo Gallery, Dubai UAE
- 2007/03 - “TAPPING INTO THE KNOWN” Solo Exhibition @Brunei gallery, SOAS, London UK
- 2006/03 - “CONFLICT CULTURE: Exhibition/Colloquium” @L-ARN/M.A. P, Brussels Belgium
- 2004/11 - “MYTHOLOGICAL LANDSCAPES” @Espace Alizées, Brussels Belgium
- 2003/07 - “TAPPING INTO THE KNOWN” Solo exhibition @Nimbus Arts, Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
- 2001/07 - “VIVA LA MUERTE!” @Festival of world music, Couleur Café, Brussels Belgium
- 2001/03 -'DES ELLES DES FEMMES’ @Centre Culturel d'Etterbeek - Espace Senghor, Brussels Belgium
- 1996 & 1997 - “SONGS FOR IDOTO”; the 7th International Group Show and Art Festival @ The National Museum, Enugu Nigeria & Didi Museum, Lagos Nigeria.

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