Ogochukwu Ejiofor is a Nigerian artist in her thirties who is passionate about making beautiful artworks from used papers and waste product. The pretty lady took Legit.ng through her routine and how she ended up owning a studio where she spends the most part of her day.
Ejiofor hails from Anambra state and has a masters degree from the University of Benin (UNIBEN) where she studied fine and applied arts. She describes herself as a visual artist who derives pleasure from creating objects and images from materials most people do not pay attention to in the society.
The young lady has two siblings; an elder brother and a younger sister. She claimed her elder brother had given her the push to being an artist unknowingly. As children, he was quite good at drawing and she aspired to be like him. She mentioned that she is now better than him in drawing as he has deviated from that path.
Ejiofor studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka before she proceeded to UNIBEN. Her skills were further sharpened there thus she decided to dedicate more time to creating artworks. To actualize her dreams of being a renowned artist, the chubby lady found herself a studio around Iju hills and worked diligently.
Legit.ng correspondents went round the studio admiring the various artworks she placed around. Ejiofor mentioned that she has a flat somewhere else; however, she has made her studio very comfortable in order to sleep there at nights when she has a lot to do. She considers the studio to be a home away from home as she has equipped it to suit her daily needs.
When asked about the way she sources her materials, Ejiofor stated that she visits newspaper offices and requests for their used papers. She sometimes pays for them if the available papers are new. She said that she hardly pays for the papers as the newspaper houses understand the fact that she is helping them get rid of their waste.
She also makes use of ropes, cellotapes, tissue paper base and other things. She believes discipline is important if one wants to be successful. Being a home-based artist is not a ground for laziness; Ejiofor said that she knows how to manage her time and achieve result in good time.
She also said that she avoids taking more than she needs in order not to litter her studio and give rodents a chance of invading her space. Ejiofor works with the papers and creates amazing shapes from them. In a bid to make her installation stay for a longer period of time knowing fully well the material is susceptible to decay and ant infestation, she treats them and coats the papers in order to have the desired end product.
Legit.ng also got to know that the female artist makes up to four hundred and fifty thousand naira from selling her artworks. She also said she makes some pieces of art that do not cost as much so that people can easily afford something from her brand. She gave up on a white collar job to give the artistic part of her a push and she has no regrets whatsoever.
On giving back to the society, Ejiofor said that she will be having industrial training students from the university she had her postgraduate study. The students according to her will find the studio comfortable as she does not mind them living there.
The talented lady who is in a relationship also said that she got her heart broken a number of times but has moved on from that point. She avoids painting or doing any artwork when her heart is in pieces. She showed correspondents of Legit.ng a piece of artwork she made a day she was moody. She conveyed her emotion into the piece by using dark colours.
Ejiofor heaved a deep sigh when asked what she would like to be remembered for. She wants her work to be seen all over the world and for her name to be mentioned alongside great artists.
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