Okpu-Opi

Umeh once again explores the Nigerian culture with this painting. “Okpu-opi” means the flute blower. Opi is a traditional flute of the Ibos used as a musical instrument and also as a means of communication in the villages and between the living and the dead. Ibo griots use the opi in folklore for storytelling and […]

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artiste Umeh Bede Lagos, Nigeria

Umeh Bede Ifeanyichukwu was born on the 12th of February 1965 in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria. Umeh enrolled into the famous Yaba College of Technology Lagos where he graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in painting. He worked briefly as an illustrator with Arbil, an advertising agency in Bodija Ibadan before retiring into full-time […]

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Umeh once again explores the Nigerian culture with this painting. “Okpu-opi” means the flute blower. Opi is a traditional flute of the Ibos used as a musical instrument and also as a means of communication in the villages and between the living and the dead. Ibo griots use the opi in folklore for storytelling and the ushering in of dignitaries and masquerades during new yam festivals and the coronation of the ezes (kings).

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