Nigeria’s Njideka Akunyili Crosby was visited in her studio by former US First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Njideka is a Nigerian-born visual artist. She is also the daughter of the late Dora Akunyili, who was the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. Njideka’s 2017 botanical painting, titled “Bush Babies”, sold for $3.4 million USD. Since then, there has been a spike in the value of her paintings.
The visit from Michelle Obama was shared on Instagram by Njideka’s equally famous sister, Chidiogo Akunyili Parr.
Sharing a photo of Ms Obama hugging Njideka, Chidiogo wrote:
So this just happened! Casual Saturday in the Akunyili Crosby family. When the Michelle Obama pays a visit to your studio! Me to my sister, “if it could come up, make sure to tell her about the book.”