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Michelle Obama visits studio of Nigerian visual artist, Njideka Akunyili

Michelle Obama visits studio of Nigerian visual artist, Njideka Akunyili

Doris Ukaonu

Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, graced the studio of Nigerian visual artist, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, with her presence.

Michelle Obama visited the artist in her California studio on Saturday, November 23rd but the news was made known yesterday November 28th, via Njideka’s sister Chidiogo, who posted the photo on her Instagram.

“So this just happened! Casual Saturday in the Akunyili Crosby family. When Michelle Obama pays a visit to your studio!” Chidiogo wrote as a caption for the photo.

Crosby was recently selected among TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Next’ list for 2019.

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She is the daughter of late Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of the National Agency for Food Administration and Control from 2001 to 2008; and also a former Minister of Information and Communications from 2008 to 2010.

Most of Crosby’s artworks are described as masterpieces, they are valued at several millions of dollars It was a privilege in 2018 to see one of her works free of charge at the Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, viewers didn’t even have to go inside.

She broke records after the sale of one of her artwork ‘Bush Babies’ for  N1.2bn. She also won the $625,000 MacArthur Genius Grant which by a far mile made her N225m richer.

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