Artist Statement – “On this journey, I intend to explore the Nigerianness of things… How that Nigerianness is expressed on the road and how it changes across different places.”

I love to question things. Sometimes I find the answers I seek, other times the answers lead to other questions and I find myself in an endless loop. But should this stop me from questioning? Should I just accept things as they are? Na so e be, so leave am like dat?

 

One of such questions is “What makes me Nigerian?” It is simple but complicated.  Like the tension between loyalty to nuclear and extended family, I am cut between thinking local — sticking to my region — and allegiance to Nigeria.

On this journey, I intend to explore the Nigerianness of things. The subtle similarities and corresponding differences that cuts across different regions.  How that Nigerianness is expressed on the road and how it changes across different places.

Above all, I understand that the road births its stories hence I should be open to recognizing them. So I hope that at the end of the road-trip, I will find an answer to the Nigerian question, learn that healthy balance between thinking local and also produce a body of work in collaboration with other participants that will enable us understand better what makes us Nigerians.