Njideka Akunyili Crosby Receives 2017 MacArthur Fellowship Award

Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Njideka Akunyili Crosby

The MacArthur Fellowships has awarded Mrs. Njideka Akunyili Crosby, a painter and daughter of the late Nigerian minister, Dora Akunyili, a 2017 prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.

The foundation described Njideka as one of the most talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in her creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.

The fellowership is also referred as “Genius Grant”, awards worth $625,000. The grant, which is doled out in quarterly installments, last over a period of five years.

Chimamanda Adichie, a Nigerian writer, was amongst the people who received the grant in the past in 2008.

However, this Saturday at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College,  Njideka will debut a suite of new paintings that draw upon her experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States, maintaining ties to her family in Nigeria, and building relationships in America. From 25 October 2017.

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The 24 recipients of the 2017 MacArthur Fellowship are:

• Njideka Akunyili Crowsby – Painter
• Sunil Amrith – Historian
• Greg Asbed – Human Rights Strategist
• Annie Baker – Playwright
• Regina Barzilay – Computer Scientist
• Dawoud Bey – Photographer and Educator
• Emmanuel Candes – Mathematician and Statistician
• Jason De Leon -Anthropologist
• Rhiannon Giddens – Singer, Instrumentalist & Songwriter
• Nikole Hannah-Jones – Journalist
• Cristina Jimenez Moreta – Social Justice Organizer
• Taylor Mac – Theater Artist
• Ramir Nashashibi – Community Leader
• Viet Thanh Nguyen – Fiction Writer & Culture Critic
• Kate Orff – Landscape Architect
• Trevor Paglen – Artist and Geographer
• Betsy Levy Paluck – Psychologist
• Derek Paterson – Historian
• Damon Rich – Designer & Urban Planner
• Stefan Savage – Computer Scientist
• Yuval Sharon – Opera Director & Producer
• Tyshawn Sorey – Composer & Musician
• Gabriel Victora – Immunologist
• Jesmyn Ward – Fiction Writer


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