I’m celebrating Chief Nike Davis Okundaye today. I’m just so excited celebrating this great woman not because she is also my namesake 😁 but because she is an outstanding woman who is such a huge inspiration to me. Nike Davis Okundaye is a batik & textile designer and also a philanthropist.
Nike Davis Okundaye was born in 1951 in Kogi State, Nigeria. She was brought up amidst the traditional weaving and dying practice in her native village of Ogidi in Western Nigeria. Nike’s artistic skills were nurtured at a young age by her parents and great grandmother who were musicians and craftspeople. She spent the early part of her life in Osogbo, which is recognised as one of the major centres for art and culture in Nigeria.
Chief Nike is the founder and director of four art centres, which offers free training to young artists in visual, musical and the performing arts. The centres also serve as a rich source of knowledge for traditional arts and culture to scholars and institutions. Nike is known all over the world for promoting her designs through exhibitions and workshops in Nigeria, USA, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Chief Nike is the owner of the largest art gallery in West Africa.
She is truly a source of inspiration and a phenomenal woman!
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Have a lovely weekend guys.
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