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Nigerian Choreographer, Okwui Okpokwasili Bags 2018 MacArthur Genius Award Worth N226 Million

 

International choreographer and performer, Okwui Okpokwasili has joined several female Nigerians likes of  Chimamanda Adichie and Njideka Akunyili Crosby as she becomes one of the recipients of the “2018 MacArthur Genius Award”.

The 46-year-old choreographer was recognized for making the lives of women who have been left out of dominant culture narratives and their stories visible.The prestigious award comes with a whooping sum of $625,000 (N226 Million).

The 2018 class of the “MacArthur Fellows” program made the announcement on Thursday, 4th of October, 2018 where 25 individuals from various fields are given a no-strings $625,000 award to encourage them to continue to innovate, take risks and pursue their creative vision.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Okpokwasili’s work focuses on the interior lives of women of color, especially those of African descent, whose stories have been overlooked and deemed invisible.

Watch videos of her choreography below.

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