Njideka Akunyili Crosby, the daughter of a former minister, Dora Akunyili, has won the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. The young lady who is a professional painter was chosen as part of the winners of this year’s MacArthur Fellowship for her exceptional work. Her works include painting, drawing, photo transfer, printmaking and other materials of making art come alive. Crosby who was born in Enugu state expressed that she draws experiences from her life as a Nigerian woman who lives and works in California, United States.
Crosby joins writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who received the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008. According to the foundation, Crosby is “a figurative painter whose works express the hybridity characteristic of transnational experience through choices of subject matter, materials and techniques.” The foundation which is also referred to as the Genius Grant awards $625,000 (N228,000,000) to artists, writers, teachers, scientists, entrepreneurs and people who work in creative and artistic fields.
It was gathered that the grant is usually doled out in quarterly installments, over a period of five years.
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