Still currently an undergraduate in University of Lagos, Daniel Obasi divides his time between studying French and exploring all alternatives in expressing his creative works. The 21 years old is registering his presence globally through his range of works which have appeared in different artistic catalogues such as Oxosi, Hunger Magazine, Nataal and Contributor Magazine.
His works dialogue controversial topics in Nigeria including gender, sexuality and social issues. This has attracted him attention from platforms like Marie Claire SA, CNN Africa and BBC radio. Beyond using his art as a way to start conversations, he also makes putting on African designers a priority in his work. Most of his editorials feature exclusively African designers and allow the outside world to engage with the trends happening in West Africa.
On the question of Afrofuturism and fantasy, Obasi remarks:
For me it’s such a powerful way of sharing our history and experiences. My work is often rooted around my experiences as a young African. Growing up we are offered such a narrow and stereotyped perspective on Africa that sort of hinders our progression especially within the creative scene. As an Artist the best way for me to help shape our narrative is to step away from those stereotypes and create along the lines of Afrofuturism and fantasy.
Different Nigerians are daring the path both home and abroad, Obasi is another budding stylist and visual artist to watch out for.