A PICTURE WORTH SHARING: Yinka Shonibare’s “Kids skipping rope is timeless” – Fola Odoaje

February 16, 2016

Arts & Culture

While I’ve never seen any of Ṣonibarẹ’s artistic creations physically, Nigerians interested in the Arts, especially such Nigerians who live in England, never miss an opportunity to check out the works of the prolific Nigerian.

Folakẹmi Ọdọaje, a Nigerian who lives in England, had hardly landed in the States on a trip this past weekend when she paid a visit to the Brooklyn Muuseum even before the weekend was over. Like many acquaintances this Age, ours was on the web, and it wasn’t too long before I knew she has interest in the arts.

We were in England in 2014  and one of her suggested “must sees” conveyed to me in an email was that I had to visit the display of hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies “before it closes soon” to honor British “brave dead.”

This time, she sent me this. Thanks, Folakẹmi for sharing part of your world with me. I’m sharing it further.

She maintains an active presence on the web at folakemiodoaje.com,


YINKA SHONIBARE’S Girl Skipping at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. [Photo Credit: February 2015, Folakẹmi Ọdọaje.]


A section of what was a sea of ceramic poppies created for the 100th anniversary of 888,246 dead British servicemen/women: one for each dead.

Photo Credit: Folakemi Odoaje



This blogger generally likes to indicate the Nigerian origin of athletes, actors, artists when they show up here … at least once in any write-up, while reverting to the name by which those being named prefer to be known subsequently.

I did defend John Gboyega’s adoption of “Boyega” as his last name on this blog but it is important to me, at the very least, to show – as I’ve done here – Seyi Adebayor as definitely with roots in Nigeria’s Yorubaland; Essien as Nigerian with roots in Calabar area (SE), and here, Shonibare as Ṣonibarẹ with Yoruba roots, et cetera. The ‘h’ in names like Sonibare, is from the colonial era.

Once a teacher, I guess, always one!


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016. 3:10 p.m. [GMT]

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2 Comments on “A PICTURE WORTH SHARING: Yinka Shonibare’s “Kids skipping rope is timeless” – Fola Odoaje”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    Thank you Mrs Adenle. I love the familiarity of that skipping rope – it is indeed timeless.
    A few years ago, Mr Shonibare’s sculpture Nelson’s Ship graced Trafalgar Square for many months, it was impressive – this is how to showcase talent.

    I know his work is probably quite pricey but our talented artists’ works need this kind of mainstream exposure at home to inspire and to enlighten. Maybe one day…



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fola,

      The pleasure of viewing and sharing that picture you took and sent was/remains very much mine. It’s great to have these works on display here and there abroad but wouldn’t it be greater if public museums would start acquiring and displaying these at home, and oh, what joy it would bring for private museums to start springing up at home to showcase these talented Nigerians’ works? Historical objects, ancient and vintage aṣọ òkè pottery, et cetera need homes at, perhaps, museums devoted to different categories of collections.

      I must also congratulate you for taking the time during such a short New York visit to have Nigerian destinations or places with Nigerian-na on your to-do list: the Brooklyn Museum where you took the photograph, and pardon my publicizing this in case you mind, asking about Nigerian eateries which led you to BUKA, a restaurant suggested by Professor Ayinde Fabunmi which, happily you enjoyed and recommend for its good food and the Restaurateur’s friendliness. We need all these cultural information.

      Regards, as always,

      Liked by 1 person


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