CHINA Nigerian artist led historic Xian Terracotta Warriors to Africa
The visit to Emperor Qin Shihaung’s Mausoleum housing one of the greatest wonders of historic art collections in Xian gave Mr. Uzoma a rare idea. Together with his hosts Kevin Qian and Han Industrial Group he secured some certified copies of the terracotta warriors' sculptures back to Nigeria with full pictures and video coverage of the site and other parts of China.
Uzoma Samuel recalled that his country Nigeria has almost the same kind of sculptures called The Nok Terracotta unearthed in the 1920s while the Chinese Terracotta was revealed to the public in 1974. In an attempt to blur the ancient traditional boundaries; thus providing a platform for intercultural dialog and exchange,
Bringing the Xian Terracotta Warriors to meet with Nigerian Nok Terracotta Sculptures is the first time in Africa such a historic meeting and exhibition would be taking place thereby opening up a new vista of cultural relations between Nigeria and China with the intent to encourage Sino-Africa stakeholders to visit China and Nigeria to explore these visual narratives.
Mr. Uzoma had participated in similar expositions while in China, exhibiting another brand of art collections depicting images of China-Africa leaders in bright colored fabrics held at the 2014 China in Africa / Africa in China (CA/AC) conference that took place in Guangzhou and chaired by Heidi Ostbo Haugen Academics and other researchers of Sino-Africa cooperation in attendance at the meeting had the privilege to see China through the works of a Nigerian artist.
The Exhibition in Nigeria was co-hosted by China Auto giant in Nigeria, GAC Motors in collaboration with the Omooba Yemisi Shillon Foundation (OYASAF) Chair for Fine Art and Design, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and Beijing LensAfrik International Investment Company. Present at the opening ceremony were the Chinese Director of Confucius Institute in University of Lagos, Nigeria Professor Wang Yongjing, Chief Diana Chan, Director GAC Motors. Lagos, Prince Yemisi Shyllon and art Director, Professor Frank Ugiomoh, University of Port Harcourt while Dr. Etiido Inyang of University of Port Harcourt was the Curator.
Uzoma Samuel Anyanwu is the Art Director African Diaspora Initiative, (ADI) Beijing and is working towards a major Sino-Africa Exhibition of historic relationship between China and Africa before and in the advent of FOCAC.
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