is a Nigerian visual artist, photographer and writer. He was born in Udomi-Uwessan, Edo State. He has BA degree in English and Literary Studies from Ambrose Ali University. He also holds an MS in Technology Management and MFA in Creative Writing from University Of Maryland, College Park, USA. Ehikhamenor has been prolific in producing abstract, symbolic and politically motivated works with unmistakable ties to his old Benin Kingdom background. His works are influenced by a duality of African traditional religion and the interception of Western beliefs, memories and nostalgia. His symbols and motifs are reminiscent of his childhood village shrines art. He has had many exhibitions with strong following in Nigeria, United States and parts of Europe. As a writer he has published numerous fiction and critical essays with academic journals, mainstream magazines and newspapers round the world including New York Times, CNN Online, Washington Post, Farafina, AGNI magazine, Wasafiri magazine and others. His art and photographs have been used as book covers by award-winning authors like Chimamanda Adichie, Helon Habila, Chika Unigwe, and many others. His new book EXCUSE ME!, a creative non-fiction satirical view of life as an African both at home and abroad is a recommended text in two Nigerian universities. Ehikhamenor maintains a studio in Lagos, Nigeria and Maryland, United States.
My Bits Are Not Your Pieces
Using ancient techniques, where the use of brush and palette are exempted, this work looks at the disregard the colonial invaders of 1897 had for the owners of what was stolen during the sacking of the Benin Kingdom, and the constant appropriation of resources to form/inform their society. It also looks at the bigger picture of the forced amalgamation that happened in 1914, this work questions the authenticity of such yoking together and for whose benefit?