This collection includes artwork by Nigerian school children, aged between 3 and 12 years old, from the Lagos area. It includes paintings, collages and drawings from students at the Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, Chrisland School and King’s Pre-School, who participated in a children’s art competition on the theme of favourite Nigerian food, favourite Nigerian attire and traditional Nigerian marriage ceremonies.
As Nigeria’s most populated city, Lagos is considered to be a cultural melting pot where the hundreds of ethnic groups of the country gather. Motherland intends to give viewers an impression of how children in Nigeria perceive their own culture. Through food, costume and ceremony, the artists convey specific elements that embody life in Lagos. Many of the costumes depicted show elaborate headdresses, beaded jewellery and rich printed and woven patterns that are used in traditional ceremonies. The wedding costumes feature the bride and groom in the same elaborate patterns that reflect their tribal origins.