Call Me By My Native Name

These paintings were inspired by the culture and way of life of my country, Nigeria. It also aims at giving courage to those who do not feel confident in their native names, to own it and to not be ashamed.

Call me by my native name 

Sing my songs of praise as I gyrate my shoulders to the rhythm of your poetry

Say my oríkì and let me feel proud of who I am

As my round cheeks lift in delight

Let me adjust my iro as the onilu drums in tune to sound of your praise

Let me smile as I feel a oneness in hearing the rest of the laters accompanying the A of my oríkì

Sing my name, with a smile

Àjike, jike ke o jike jike ke

And let me feel cared for.


Ndidi- tiger-call-me-by-my-name

Let my name fall like honey from lips

Let my eyes glitter with joy, as you say my name with a smile

Let my beads clatter against my breasts as I bow my hide to hide my blush

Call me by my native name one more time 

Ifunanya omalicha nwa asampete