Akobi, a semi-autobiographical NFT collection inspired by Yoruba mythology and culture, is slated for a September 29, 2022 release. The collection is the brainchild of Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, a self-taught Nigerian contemporary artist.
The 10,000-piece collection will feature Kekere-Ekun’s signature style of bold lines and accentuated facial expressions of her subjects. This is connected with the theme of the collection, which is the artist’s vision of the world and her experiences within it.
Details of the case
The collection will be available for purchase via the artist’s own website. Each piece will have quilled, handmade features that harken back to Yoruba custom (the collection name Akobi translates to “the first born” in the Yoruba language).
Quilling is one in particular ancient Egyptian practice which creates 3D lines meant to catch and reflect light, giving more depth and character to the subject. And this is of course the theme of the collection as it is a personal journey in the artist’s vision and life.
Artist Kekere-Ekun is part of a growing movement of traditional artists entering the web3 space. Throughout her career, she has made several coups, including being awarded the Dean Collection Awards in 2018 and exhibited worldwide. Her work is currently on display at the Johannesburg-based gallery, Guns & Rain.
The story behind the collection
The Akobi NFTs are more than just digital works of art; they have a touching story that goes far beyond what is first apparent.
The incredibly gifted artist first delved deep into her childhood before crafting the physical properties that underlie these visual NFTs. The NFTs are a reflection of her first visions and how she, as a thought-provoking artist, sees the world. The collection’s design, which incorporates Kekere-Ekun’s unresolved life traumas, is sure to leave Akobi owners in awe while inspiring them with stories from her exciting and eventful life.
Her realistic sketches, which form the basis of the Akobi collection, stand out for their vibrant colors and strong lines. Her art gains depth and character from the intricate patterns the lines create while accentuating the subjects’ expressions on their faces.
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Tokoni Uti has been writing extensively about blockchain and cryptocurrency for years. Her work has appeared on sites such as BTCmanager and Blockchain Reporter. She has a degree in corporate communication.