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Michael Okah Agwu

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Michael Okah Agwu
Born1948
Ibii village, Abia State, Nigeria
💀DiedFebruary 5, 2016(2016-02-05) (aged 67–68)
Afikpo, Ebonyi StateFebruary 5, 2016(2016-02-05) (aged 67–68)
🏳️ NationalityNigerian
🏳️ CitizenshipNigeria
🎓 Alma materObafemi Awolowo University
💼 Occupation
  • Artist
  • Painter
  • Educator
Notable work
  • Flute Music Makers
  • New Yam Dancing Masquerade
  • The Tall Women - Lawrences of Bletchingley
  • Mask
  • Argungun Fishing Festival - Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Michael Okah Agwu (born 1948 – died 2016), was a Nigerian artist, painter, and educator. He was a senior Arts Assistant Instructor at the University of Port Harcourt before his death on 5 February 2016. Michael Agwu was a member of the Ori-Olokun cultural centre, in the University of Ile-Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University Ife from 1970 to 1974.[1]

Early life and training[edit]

Michael Okah Agwu was born in 1948, in Ibii village, Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State (curved out from Abia State). His training to becoming an artist started in 1970 in the then University of Ile Ife, where he trained under Professor Solomon Arein Wangboje (1930 – 1998) and Professor Olawale Gladstone Emmanuel Rotimi, best known as Ola Rotimi (13 April 1938 – 18 August 2000).[2] Later, in 1982, Michael Agwu moved to the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where he took up a teaching position as an art instructor in the department of Creative and Visual arts.[3]

Primary mediums[edit]

  • Pencil and charcoal drawing
  • Printing on cardboard
  • Textile design
  • Tie dyeing
  • Weaving and Batik

Notable works[edit]

  • Argungun Fishing Festival - Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.[4]
  • The Tall Women - Lawrences of Bletchingley.[5]
  • Flute Music Makers.[6]
  • New Yam Dancing Masquerade.[7]
  • Mask.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

“We are Becoming Art Minded: Afikpo Arts” by Professor Simeon Ottenberg (1988).[9]

Death[edit]

Michael O. Agwu died on 5 February 2016 in Afikpo, Ebonyi State.

Notable contacts[edit]

Professor Solomon Arein Wangboje – died 1998.

Professor Ola Rotimi – died 2000.

Professor Simeon Ottenberg.

Professor John Tokpabere Agberia.[10]

Dr. Katherine Moseley (Kaye) – died 2012

David L. Blaney, Ph.D.

G. Theodore Mitau

Professor of Political Science Macalester College

Sherry Gray, Ph.D.

Director, International Programs, and Lecturer, Global Policy Area

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

University of Minnesota

References[edit]

  1. http://fcmva.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BERNICE-M.-KELLY-nigerian-artists-who-is-who.pdf
  2. https://blerf.org/index.php/biography/agwu-michael-okah/
  3. www.bibliopolis.com. "Paradox of the new; art from Africa 30th August - 25th September 1991; South Square Gallery on Bolerium Books". Bolerium Books. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  4. "Argungu Fishing Festival | Art UK". artuk.org. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  5. the-saleroom.com. "Michael O. Agwu, artist signed lithograph `The Tall Womans`". www.the-saleroom.com. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  6. "Mike O. Agwu - Afikpo Masqurders". Etsy. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  7. "Michael O. Agwu". eBay. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  8. "michael o. agwu artworks - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  9. Ottenberg, S. (1989). "We Are Becoming Art Minded": Afikpo Arts 1988. African Arts, 22(4), 58-88. doi:10.2307/3336662
  10. http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/sma/index.php/museum-annual-reports/308-2008-9-annual-report.html

External links[edit]

Category:1948 births Category:2016 deaths Category:Nigerian artists Category:Nigerian painters Category:Nigerian educators Category:Nigerian people Category:University of Port Harcourt faculty Category:Obafemi Awolowo University alumni


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