Kenneth Chiazor

Lagos, Nigeria

Fulani Girl

I am an African digital artist (

I draw using the mouse tool 100%. This means that my images are neither scanned nor is any form of photography applied. A variety of graphics software are used thereafter to ‘paint’ over the work and create the desired effect.

I hope my work (which is also supported by an accompanying poem) brings a new light to the theme of the exhibition in the light of our African experience.

Audiences in Europe and the Western world have to see the combating of violence against women not only in forms of verbal, domestic, and sexual violence. In Africa, such violence is exacerbated by inadequate educational

and health infrastructure; real wars – ethnic and religious, which the women have not caused and would prefer not to exist for the sake of their loved ones; violence of hunger, starvation, malnutrition and famine; violence of poverty and its effect on the human soul.

The Fulani people are nomadic cattle-rearing people located across West Africa. The Fulani woman is adjudged to be very pretty and a symbol of elegance and gentleness and meekness. I have used the Fulani girl as the artistic paradigm to make a statement against violence on women.

Artist's Statement

My participation serves as support to the noble objectives of the United Nations General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (vide General Assembly resolution 48/104 pf 20 December 1993).

I support the celebration of the need to uphold the dignities of womanhood, of motherhood, and indeed of lifehood.

I salute the concern of the organizers of this exhibition.

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