Njideka Crosby, Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi make first ever ‘TIME 100 Next’ list
Excellent Nigerian women, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, have been named in the first-ever ‘TIME 100 Next’ list.
Crosby, who is a Nigerian-born visual artist who was named in the ‘Artist’ category, made the list for her works, which focus on the cultural differences between Nigeria and the US.
Njideka is one of the daughters of late Dora Akunyili, a professor and former director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control of Nigeria (NAFDAC).
TIME reports that her works have sold for millions at auctions.
“But in 2018, it was possible to see one at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art free of charge—you didn’t even have to go inside,” it wrote.
“The visual artist was only the second person to be chosen to create a mural on the walls of the museum itself, which was visible from Grand Avenue’s sidewalk. It featured brightly colored scenes of domestic life: in one section, a woman rests her elbow on a table, seemingly deep in thought. Akunyili Crosby—who moved to the U.S. from Nigeria in her teens—is known for such scenes, some of which are autobiographical and incorporate references to both countries.”
In 2017, she won the Genius Grant award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
In the same vein, Owosobi made the ‘Adovocates’ category for her campaigns against sexual assault in Nigeria.
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On a fateful day, I received an email notification of my feature into @TIME’s inaugural #TIME100NEXT list. I was in so much shock. I couldn’t believe it. Not because I am undeserving, but because Grace found me. In the entire globe, I am one of 100 people being celebrated as a rising star shaping the future by TIME???? Me, Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi!!!???? It can only be God. * * I return all the glory and thanks to God almighty and the amazing team @standtoendrape for showing the world that when young people mobilise for change, we can create a global movement! * * Thank you so much @suyinsays for telling my story! #TIME100NEXT #StandtoEndRape