INTERVIEW: Expressing Africa

Adjani Okpu-Ekbe paints at the Knight Webb Gallery. Photograph by Ruth Waters

Adjani Okpu-Ekbe paints at the Knight Webb Gallery. Photograph by Ruth Waters

Arts Editor Ruth Waters caught up with leading Afro-surreal expressionist painter, Adjani Okpu-Egbe, between his Coldharbour Lane studio and his Atlantic Road exhibition.

Growing up in Cameroon, Adjani dreamed of playing for the national football team. He was selected for the junior national team at fourteen but his businessman father was determined he would study mathematics and follow him into business. Locked in his bedroom for hours on end supposedly doing sums, Adjani began drawing footballers from memory, hurriedly scrawling mathematical sums over the top when his

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