NO. 4: Odinigwe Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE (Member of British Empire) (14 July 1917 – 5 February 1994), better known as Ben Enwonwu, was a Nigerian painter and sculptor. He is one of the pioneers whose career opened the way for the postcolonial proliferation and increased visibility of modern African art, and was the first Nigerian contemporary artist to win international acclaim. His work has been exhibited around the world. The Enwonwu crater on the planet Mercury is named in his honour. His numerous awards includes Bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II 1964 – Sango: the Yoruba god of lightning and thunder, 1973 – Tutu, 1986 – Risen Christ: was displayed University of Ibadan but was torched as a result of a political-religious tensions.
NO. 5: Michael Akhaine Osebhajimete Omoighe Lives in Lagos, Nigeria; he is a Nigerian painter, curator, art critic and teacher of art. Mike Omoighe studied at Yaba College of Technology; at Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi; at the University of Lagos - UNILAG and at the University of Ibadan M.C.A. He is a pupil of the painter and grafic artist Bruce Onobrakpeya. Since 1986 he has been a teacher of painting and drawing at the Yaba College of Technology. He has been the Head He has been the Head of the Department of Fine Art, and Dean, School of Art, Design and Printing. Currently, he is the Dean of Student Affairs at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos Nigeria. Omoighe is also the Nigerian President of the International Association of Art Critics, AICA. He is married to the painter Titi Omoighe with children.
NO. 6: Bruce Obomeyoma Onobrakpeya is a Nigerian print maker, painter and sculptor. He has exhibited at the Tate Modern in London, the National Museum of African Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Malmö Konsthall in Malmö, Sweden. The National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos has an exhibit of colourful abstract canvases by Onobrakpeya. Treasure Award (2006) given by UNESCO, and on 14 September 2010 became the second winner of Nigeria's prestigious Nigerian Creativity Award by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Its first winner was Chinua Achebe.
NO. 7: Chief Jimoh Buraimoh Chief Jimoh Buraimoh, born as Jimoh Adetunji Buraimoh is a Nigerian painter and artist. Chief Buraimoh is one of the most influential artist to emerge from the 1960s workshops conducted by Ulli and Georgina Beier in Osogbo, Osun state, Nigeria. Since then, he has become one of the most well known artists from Osogbo, Osun state Jimoh Buraimoh is also an efficient teaching artist. In 1974, he taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. He also taught at the University of Bloomington and other schools in New York, Boston and Los Angeles.
NO. 8: Christopher Uchefuna Okeke Was born on 30 April 1933 in Nimo, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria, to Isaac Okonkwo Okeke and Monica Mgboye Okeke (née Okoye). Between 1940 and 1953, he attended St. Peter Claver’s (Primary) School, [Kafanchan], Metropolitan College, Onitsha, and Bishop Shanahan College, Orlu, Imo State Nigeria, during which time he had already begun to demonstrate an avid interest in drawing and painting. Before being admitted to read Fine Art at Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, now Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Okeke had already exhibited taxidermy work during the Field Society meeting in Jos Museum, participated in the preparation and presentation of Nigerian Drawings and Paintings with Bernard Fagg as curator and had a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings, in Jos and Kaduna with Sir Ahmadu Bello in attendance. He the Director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, a visiting Professor to the Department of Creative Arts, University of Port Harcourt, Honorary Deputy Director-General (Africa) of International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, among numerous other engagements with many educational and cultural institutions in different parts of the world.
NO. 9: Ada Udechukwu Born in Enugu was the daughter of an Igbo father and an American mother. She grew up in Nigeria, moving with her family to the United States at the start of the Biafran War and returning when it was over. She studied under the author Chinua Achebe, earning her bachelor's degree in English and literature at the University of Nigeria in 1981. A few years later she began to paint on fabric, painting designs on clothing using a restrained linear style. In 1988 she began to make drawing on paper, using ink and watercolor. These drawings are more personal than her other work, reflecting her attempts to balance being a woman and an artist. Her work also examines the complexities of interracial and intercultural identities, inside and outside Africa.
NO. 10: Felix Idubor Was a Nigerian sculptor from Benin City, an African city with a rich history of artistic excellence. He was part of a young group of artists in the 1950s and 1960s that raised awareness of the artistic consciousness of African tradition in an emerging and nascent social milieu. He is sometimes considered one of the pioneers of Nigerian contemporary art. In 1966, he opened Nigeria's first contemporary