An undergraduate of the University of Benin, Ekehuan campus, Emmanuel Omoregie, has shared photos of the statue of activist Aisha Yesufu which he made.
Taking to Twitter, Omoregie stated that the sculpture was part of the requirements for the award of B.A Fine and Applied Arts.
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He said he made the sculpture in Aisha Yesufu’s form to appreciate her roles towards contemporary activism in Nigeria.
“I thank the Lord, for this. I am Omoregie Emmanuel. As part of the requirements for the award of B.A Fine and Applied Arts, I made a stylised figure of Aisha Yesufu to appreciate her roles towards contemporary activism in Nigeria,” he captioned the photos.
The art was inspired by an iconic photo of Aisha Yesufu which was taken during the #EndSARS protest of October 2020.
Youths had stormed the streets across Nigeria demanding an end to police brutality. Their protest led to the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The epicentre of the protest was at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos.
Reacting to Omorogie’s art, some Twitter users stated that Aisha Yesufu, who was also part of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, deserves the honour given to her by the sculptor.
One @Omorogiec said, “Can someone please buy this art and place it at Lekki tollgate? Nowhere else to have this other than that venue.”
@Engr_chijioke said, “When Nigeria becomes the land of freedom and progress, @AishaYesufu will always be remembered for her roles and selfless contributions. She is always there, standing on all the gaps. Thank you, Emmanuel, may all you do receive the desired rewards.”
@Tehila_O said, “Aisha deserves this. A queen I stan! More will come. The heroine of our time. This is so touching. God bless you, Emmanuel.”
Astonished by Emmanuel’s art, @MancharReigns said, “Can’t believe we have this talent in this country. No wonder they wanted to wipe us down at the tollgate. But mehn, that was awesome. @AishaYesufu you need this at the London museum.”
See photos below (Credit: Twitter @EmmanuelOmore14). Sculpture of Aisha Yesufu. PUNCH