Dora Akunyili's daughter wins N228m MacArthur fellowship (photo)

Dora Akunyili's daughter wins N228m MacArthur fellowship (photo)

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, the daughter of 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.

Dora Akunyili's daughter

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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.

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It was gathered that the grant is usually doled out in quarterly installments, over a period of five years. presents the list of the 24 people who received MacArthur Fellowship in 2017 below:

  1. Njideka Akunyili Crowsby – Painter
  2. Sunil Amrith – Historian
  3. Greg Asbed – Human Rights Strategist
  4. Annie Baker – Playwright
  5. Regina Barzilay – Computer Scientist
  6. Dawoud Bey – Photographer and Educator
  7. Emmanuel Candes – Mathematician and Statistician
  8. Jason De Leon -Anthropologist
  9. Rhiannon Giddens – Singer, Instrumentalist & Songwriter
  10. Nikole Hannah-Jones – Journalist
  11. Cristina Jimenez Moreta – Social Justice Organizer
  12. Taylor Mac – Theater Artist
  13. Ramir Nashashibi – Community Leader
  14. Viet Thanh Nguyen – Fiction Writer & Culture Critic
  15. Kate Orff – Landscape Architect
  16. Trevor Paglen – Artist and Geographer
  17. Betsy Levy Paluck – Psychologist
  18. Derek Paterson – Historian
  19. Damon Rich – Designer & Urban Planner
  20. Stefan Savage – Computer Scientist
  21. Yuval Sharon – Opera Director & Producer
  22. Tyshawn Sorey – Composer & Musician
  23. Gabriel Victora – Immunologist
  24. Jesmyn Ward – Fiction Writer

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