The Ghanaian capital of Accra is receiving a new gallery, in hopes of giving African art a global platform. For Adora Mba, who is opening the new space, the COVID-19 pandemic is not an obstacle. The opening is scheduled for October 15, along with the inaugural solo exhibition by Nigerian painter Collins Obijiaku.
ADA \ contemporary art gallery is committed to representing emerging artists across Africa and its diaspora. The founder and the director, who is an ex-cultural journalist, moved to Accra three years ago, after setting up an art advisory service, The Afropolitan Collector, sees the gallery’s opening as an opportunity to give African artists the same kind of backing and momentum so often offered to their European and American counterparts. “I always wanted to represent artists on my own terms,” she says.
The inaugural solo exhibition, Gindin Mangoro: Under the Mango Tree, by Collins Obijiaku, features paintings by the emerging Nigerian artist who lives in Suleja, which is a small village outside of Abuja in Nigeria. Take a look at some of the paintings below. ADA \ contemporary art gallery this Thursday, October 15, and the exhibition runs through November 19. Visit the gallery’s website for more information.