By Felix Khanoba
A virtual artist and graduate of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Nwankwo Chidimma Cindy, has lauded the rich culture of the Gabgyi women of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), saying their way of life formed the basis of her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research.
Nwankwo, who made this known on Sunday while celebrating this year’s International Women Day with Gbagyi women in Gwarinpa-Abuja, said she decided to use the occasion to exhibit some of her art works that were inspired by the culture of Gbagyi people.
She said, “The reason I want to celebrate these women is the fact that I saw them as women of substance in the world; they are very energetic, very progressive and very active.
“When I came here in 2013 to ask them for information on their culture they explained the culture to me, but the one that interested me most was the fact that their culture entails women carrying load on their shoulder instead of the head, for me as a visual artist, that was quite interesting, and I wanted to venture into the women forms and that was what brought about the paintings you are seeing today.”
Speaking further during the event that attracted several women to the Gwarinpa’s Chief palace, venue of the event, Nwankwo said the exhibition of drawings, paintings and book forms tagged “Ggbagyi Beauty”, would go a long way in showcasing the Gbagyi women as very special people.
“They are very hardworking people, they go to the farm, they till the ground, they do poultry and they also take care of the family. So I try to ‘capture’ some of the women in their natural state and from there I took all the data that I got and all the drawings, I took them to school to do an exploration, and to now bring out my own interpretation of what I saw in them,” she added.