I am a visionary and an activist, and I work within the creative industry as an art director. My parents are Nigerian, and a lot of my work is inspired by tribalism. I love ancient art because that is where everything began. I am inspired by tribes in general as they are the purest form human expression. They are the most beautiful and interesting. The most honest and raw.
I was born in Italy in a little town called Castel Goffredo which is part of Mantova, not far from Milan. My surroundings, being in Italy in a village in the 80s to the late 90s, were wealthy and very much white, so I have a lot of Italian behaviour and culture. My Italian background is in the softness in my work but also the kindness of my soul.
My mum and older sister are in Italy; my father is in Nigeria. My twin brother and sister live in London. My brother lives with me although he is in a serious relationship and will move soon.
I moved to London when I was 19 and I've always been quite a loner. Don't get me wrong, I'm a sociable person, but I am so used to my own company that being alone doesn't bother me. It may be part of being an artist too because I have a whole internal world to retreat into. I am a romantic and an idealist. The way I love is Italian with some African thrown in. Although I push the boundaries with my work, the execution comes from traditional backgrounds like what you may find in Italian art, architecture or fashion.