From the Village to the World, and Back Again

In an artist to artist conversation, a generational musing took place between Ayọ̀ Akínwándé  and Victor Ehikhamenor in the latter’s Lagos studio. The two creatives spoke about painting, writing, Americana, the power of the village and unique collaborations.

To the Nigerian, the fear of the “village people” is the beginning of wisdom. They are often believed to hold the key to every “misfortune”. But to Victor Ehikhamenor, these people are his collaborators. He cites his village and ancestral home, Uwesan, in Edo State, Nigeria, as the primary source of his inspiration, and influence. It was there that his journey began, and still continues.

This conversation was published in partnership with The Art Momentum in September 2019.