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NIGERIA: Ighiwiyisi discloses the origin and meaning of her name

Jacob Ighiwiyisi performs to an audience in Lagos. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—Ighiwiyisi Jacob a great Nigerian speaker, lawyer by training, writer and entrepreneur has shouldered the responsibility of being the daughter of the legendary artist Erhabor Emok, the cofounder of the gallery at the Landmark.

Ihghiwiyisi Jacobs makes a debut on the Lagos visual scene with her solo creative design art work. She is many things to many people, but interestingly nobody could have thought of her as an artist some years ago.

As an emerging visual artist, she is the creative directive of Hermosa Boda a spatial design service that has been functional since 2015.

After graduating from Lagos Law School, she started off her voyage as a visual artist surrounded by the art of her father, Erhabor Emokpae, the visual flair of her mother Ikpakppa Emokpae and her brother Isaac Emokpae, herself a well-established artist and with much trust in self.

She says her name Ighiwiyosi carries a lot more history and meaning tied to her late father. The name was given to her by her father at about a period when he travelled away from Nigeria.

“Ighiwiyisi means I will not be lost in a strange land.” She explains as she discloses why she chose the name as the suitable title for her show.

According to Jacobs, the show is a trail journey and offers a better image for why his father is considered the pioneer of modern arts in Nigeria.

“There are moments of my life captured on canvas. The idea is to find specific things that are common to humanity. Everyone understands grief, heartbreak, promises and prophecies,” she continued.

Ighiwiyis’s father passed on a year after her birth. Fast-forward to August 8, 2018 which became her eureka moment, she recalled how she begun to make drawings that ordinarily would have paid an artist to make.