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TONI NDIKANWU (Nigeria, Port Harcourt b. 1964 / act: Athens and London)

Toni Ndikanwu Toni Ndikanwu was born on 9 August 1964 at Port Harcourt, in the south of Nigeria. In the year 1988, after graduating from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, he was sent to Kano, the Northern part of Nigeria, where he joined the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC). This programme assigned Ndikanwu to lecture on the arts at The Kano State Polytechnic, and in 1989 he received a state award for outstanding performance. Ndikanwu was offered a teaching post to continue teaching at the Polytechnic, but he kindly refused owing to a religious crisis at the time. Since then he has collaborated with noted African artists, such as El-Anatsui and Obiora Udechukwu in Nigeria and abroad. Between 1997 and 2004 Ndikanwu lived and worked in Athens, and is currently active in the United Kingdom.

Toni Ndikanwu has received the following personal exhibitions: The Search at Alliance Francaise De Kano, Nigeria (1989); Perceptions at Modotel, Owerri, Nigeria (1991); Lets Africa at Kastella Art Gallery, Pireaus, Greece (1998); In Detention at Ios Gallery, Athens, Greece (1999); Still in Detention at the Municipal Gallery of Illion, Athens, Greece (2000); Anti Racism at the Municipal Gallery of Kessariani, Athens, Greece (2000); Symbols and Messages at Diavassi Cultural Center, Athens, Greece (2001); Green Dilema at WICE Montparnasse, Paris, France (2002); Toni Ndikanwu: Paintings and Sculptures at Pyramedias, Domont, France (2004); and Gathering at Touchstone Galleries, Rochdale, United Kingdom (2006). He has also taken part in the following group exhibitions: Print Workshop at the Goethe Institute of Nsukka, Lagos, and Bonn (1986); Degree Exhibition at Nsukka, Nigeria (1988); Cultural Week Exhibition at NYSC Kano State, Nigeria (1989); Two-Hundred Years of the French Revolution at Kano, Abuja, and Lagos, Nigeria (1989); Art on the Street in Lagos, Nigeria (1993); Thessaloniki Cultural Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece (2000); UNESCO Book Fair of Piraeus, Greece (2001); Afrifest at the South African Residence, Athens, Greece (2002); Artists on Ioli in Athens, Greece (2003); International Symposium of Painting in Patras, Greece (2004 and 2006); and Rochdale Artists at Stockport, Rochdale, United Kingdom (2005).

[Megakles 12/2006]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
O' DRISCOLL, TERESA Symbols and Messages: Communication with Symbols 2001 Diavassi Cultural Center, Athens [Greek & English]
O' DRISCOLL, TERESA Green Dilema 2002 WICE, Paris [English]

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