What is your name?
Sunday Chukwumeremeze Chikaodinaka
Tell us a bit about yourself/background
I am a graduate of the Department of Fine and Applied Art, University of Benin where I specialized in sculpture, though using mild steel as a medium of expression, both of two and three-dimensional representations. I have erected many outdoor sculptures all in metal in various cities here in Nigeria and have sold some in the diaspora ranging from different sizes and themes. One of my best projects is the one erected in the University of Benin, Ekehuan campus as an undergraduate. The sculpture shows a fierce scuffle of man and robot (technological developments).
What incited your interest in sculpture and art generally?
I have unending passion for creativity and have been working hard as an artist from my childhood days.
How was the reaction/feedback from those around you (family/friends)?
I had a lot of encouragement from my family, and immediate friends, especially my mum, because they were called me many names such as "powerful artist", "the artist", "small teacher", "artist of big things" and many more.
What inspires your art?
My immediate environment, happiness, love for others, nature, and GOD ALMIGHTY.
What are the most challenging projects you've executed so far?
My university special project, the 21st century sculpture, which was done in a record time of 3 months and 3 weeks, with a whole lot of spending and hard work.
My future plans are to erect monumental sculptures around the world, create massive awareness for the arts, train interested individuals and students to get vocational training of various sought in order to make ends meet.
Out of diligence and hard work with service to humanity, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. F.F.O. Orunmwese has commended Chukwumeremeze on several occasions particularly for the works done on the visits of the German Consul, Mr. Robert Ingo, former NUC Executive Secretary General Prof. Julius Okojie and also a performance presented at the eminent lecture series titled "CULTURE AT RISK" presented by Prof. Wole Soyinka.
Chukwu has also served as a teacher in various levels where he taught Fine Art at FEMA Schools & St. Clement Catholic Secondary School, both in Minna, Niger State. He also trains corps members for the NYSC Skill Acquisition & Entrepreneurship Development (SAED).
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