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Jacqueline Suowari, Bin Dunmou Tua Owei, 2018. Ballpoint pen, ink, and acrylic on paper, 72 × 60 in or 182 × 152 cm.

Hair is an important part of identity. The way a person chooses to carry their hair portrays their sense of confidence and self appreciation. This is especially true when they choose to do it in a way that is not the usual. Dread locs and unusual amounts of facial hair in Nigeria used to only be associated with the spiritualist and mentally disturbed and so was not widely accepted. Today, that ideology of identity is rapidly transforming in its narrative but some are still passively discriminatory about it. Being able to carry hair this way, whether you are male or female portrays an inner strength and is something that I admire.


Bin Dunmou Tua Owei, 2018

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