Anambra Man Becomes First Black Artist to Exhibit in the Philipines

By Sunny A. Ijomah

An Awka born Artist and Proprietor of Donbosco Media and Arts Gallery, Mr. Chukwuemeka Johnbosco Nwobu has become the first black man to exhibit his artworks in the Asian country of Philippines.

The exhibition which kicked off on February 10th and will end on the 13th at the Art Plaza, Shangari-La Plaza, City of Mandalyong, Manilla, Philippines, is tagged “Into the Future.”

The theme of the exhibition “Into the Future” is featuring twenty paintings that express the concept of “the Future” and how one can make it into the desired future through meditation, vision and creative steps into one’s desired future.

The solo exhibition is solely sponsored by the Nigerian Embassy in the Philippines.

Speaking on what inspired him to carry out the exhibition, Mr. Nwobu, a graduate of Business Education and an Art teacher says he is “driven by passion to provide young people with the inner strength to pursue their dreams” and “drive positive change in using arts to transform people’s lives.”

He says people who love his work should “discover the reason to become better and attain higher.”

Mr. Nwobu’s works are not limited to painting, he also draws and also uses his graphic design and photography to express his inner thoughts.

Through his Donbosco Media and Arts Gallery in Okpuno, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State and Makati, Manilla, Philippines, Mr. Nwobu has been able to mentor a numerous number of young people.

In describing Mr. Nwobu, the Nigerian Ambassador to Philippines, Ambassador Adekunbi Abibat Sonaike-Ayodeji said he is a man who is diligent in his ways and has through the exhibition, shown the I-can-do-spirit of Nigerians and positively shown Nigeria could export her tourism and creative industry.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines, his Cambodian counterpart and many other reputable artists and captains of Industry.

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