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Throughout his career, he wishes humanity could be like a child blind to colour and tribe. They mainly see themselves as playmates and are quick to forgive. The backgrounds of his paintings are well-decorated with lines reminiscent of uli linear language. Okonkwo believes that fabric is a marker of identity and can be a potent metaphor for a person’s status.



Emmanuel Okonkwo (b. 1993) in Abuja is a Calabar-based Nigerian painter, experimental artist and art educator. He has applied his multi-disciplinary creativity in associated disciplines like music and the movie industries. Unlike most artists who discovered their artistic talents in childhood, Okonkwo did not deliberately know that he would become an artist. His first contact with art as a subject was in secondary. He developed an interest and showed so much flair in the subject in his Senior Secondary School, where he received mentorship from his art teacher. He was awarded best in fine art by the school management at graduation.

Okonkwo also combines his studio art with art teaching which he says inspires him. He believes that working with children is an opportunity to see things from their perspective. He thinks Life would be more fun if we all lived like children as they hardly discriminate or bear grudges in their hearts. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, art fairs, and art competitions.


Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu, Enugu State (Credit) 2012-2015
Trained to be an Art Teacher in this School, Majored in Painting and Graphics Design
University of Nigeria Nsukka – Bachelors of Arts (Second Class Lower Division) 2015 – 2018


2015: Dreams Alive Art Exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Enugu, Nigeria.
2017: Participant, Life in my City Arts Festival (LIMCAF), Alliance Francaise Enugu, Nigeria.
2018: Participant, Life in my City Arts Festival (LIMCAF), Alliance Francaise Enugu, Nigeria.
2018: The Manifesto Art Exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Enugu, Nigeria.
2018: Anambra Book and Creativity Festival (ANBUKRAFT) Anambra State, Nigeria.
2018: Nostalgia, Dreams Alive Arts Exhibition, Marlima Basement, Nsukka University of Nigeria.
2019: Colours of Cross River, Sparkling FM Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.
2020: “In Times Like This” Orange Gallery, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.
2021: Lagos miniature Art fair, Ogirikan Art Gallery & Iwalewa Art Gallery, Lagos.

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