Tech giant, Google celebrated famous Nigerian potter, Ladi Kwali with a doodle on its search homepage on Wednesday.
Google uses doodles to replace its logo on the homepage to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives and achievement of famous artists, pioneers, innovators, and scientists.
Kwali was an educator, ceramicist, glassworker, and potter, who has been credited with introducing the beauty of Nigerian art to the international community through through intricately decorated earthenware designs.
Born around 1925 to a family of potters in Kwali, Abuja, Ladi Dosei Kwali learnt the coil and pinch pottery methods from her aunt during her childhood.
Kwali later developed her own style which included fabricating everyday containers ornamented with animal iconography.
Local aristocrats soon showcased her masterful work as home decorations, and it was in a royal palace that Michael Cardew—the founder of Abuja’s first potter training facility—discovered her talent in 1950.
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Kwali became the first Nigerian woman to receive training in advance pottery techniques, marrying her traditional style with innovative methods to craft a hybrid collection of pottery.
She later became a university lecturer and bagged a doctorate degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1977.
On March 16, 2017, an exhibition of Ladi Kwali’s work opened at the Skoto Gallery in New York, and this was commemorated by Google’s doodle
She was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1963.
Kwali was honoured with the Nigerian National Order of Merit Award in 1980 and was also awarded the national honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger in 1981, in recognition of her contributions to academia.
Ladi Kwali is the first and only woman to appear on a Nigerian Naira note, N20.
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