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It’s About TIME! 7 Africans on Time Magazine’s 2015 100 Most Influential List

ALYSSA KLEIN | okayafrica.com   in  · · ·
April 17, 2015

Today TIME revealed its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2015. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, President-Elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian-British Turner Prize-winning painter Chris Ofili, and Bring Back Our Girls co-founder Obiageli Ezekwesili are all representing Nigeria this year– in addition to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. See more from TIME below.

Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye on Chris Ofili:

“Chris Ofili’s extraordinary talent is to speak about contemporary issues through the romance of painting. He achieved early success in London—winning the Turner Prize and representing Britain at the Venice Biennale—almost as soon as he emerged. With works like No Woman, No Cry and The Holy Virgin Mary, both breathtaking and controversial in equal measure, he positioned himself as an artist who could redefine art practice by affirming the relevance of painting for the 21st century. Since moving to Trinidad, he has drawn inspiration from the island, its natural beauty and its distinct cultural tropes. Incredibly, he has re-emerged with an equally powerful relevance. In his work, he seeks to speak to political issues; his is a social imperative. He asks questions about our time through intoxicating visual compositions that examine peripheral modernities and enable us to make sense of our world.”…

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