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.
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.
NAIJ.com presents the list of the 24 people who received MacArthur Fellowship in 2017 below:
- Njideka Akunyili Crowsby – Painter
- Sunil Amrith – Historian
- Greg Asbed – Human Rights Strategist
- Annie Baker – Playwright
- Regina Barzilay – Computer Scientist
- Dawoud Bey – Photographer and Educator
- Emmanuel Candes – Mathematician and Statistician
- Jason De Leon -Anthropologist
- Rhiannon Giddens – Singer, Instrumentalist & Songwriter
- Nikole Hannah-Jones – Journalist
- Cristina Jimenez Moreta – Social Justice Organizer
- Taylor Mac – Theater Artist
- Ramir Nashashibi – Community Leader
- Viet Thanh Nguyen – Fiction Writer & Culture Critic
- Kate Orff – Landscape Architect
- Trevor Paglen – Artist and Geographer
- Betsy Levy Paluck – Psychologist
- Derek Paterson – Historian
- Damon Rich – Designer & Urban Planner
- Stefan Savage – Computer Scientist
- Yuval Sharon – Opera Director & Producer
- Tyshawn Sorey – Composer & Musician
- Gabriel Victora – Immunologist
- Jesmyn Ward – Fiction Writer
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