Google Doodle Celebrating Nigerian Educator Ladi Kwali

Today, Doodle for Google is celebrating the life of Ladi Kwali, a Nigerian educator and potter who introduced the beauty of Nigerian art all around the world.

She showcased the beauty of Nigerian art through precisely decorated earthenware designs and the search engine is celebrating Ladi Kwali as on this day in 2017, an exhibition of her work at the Skoto Gallery in New York opened.

Ladi Dosei Kwali was born around 1925 to a family of potters in Kwali, Abuja, Nigeria. During her childhood, her aunt taught her the coil and pinch methods of pottery but later, she refined it into her own style as “she fabricated everyday containers ornamented with animal iconography.”

In 1954, Kwali joined the Abuja Pottery Center, where she made history as the first Nigerian woman to train in advanced pottery techniques. She fused her traditional style with these innovative methods to craft a hybrid collection of pottery stylized with zoomorphic illustration. Kwali continued to break the mold into the 60s with exhibitions across Europe and the Americas, achieving international acclaim.

Today, Kwali is remembered all across the nation with each exchange of the country’s twenty Naira note as it is the first-ever and only Nigerian currency featuring a woman.

The new special “Celebrating Ladi Kwali” Doodle artwork is now displayed on the homepage of Google in a number of countries, including Nigeria.

Moreover, Google is today also celebrating Rosa Bonheur’s 200th Birthday, who was also a successful art worker from France.

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