With hopes of becoming a bona fide Abujarian (I don't think this is a word), I am visiting places in Abuja that I believe are worth visiting. These are places I have never been to before and places I believe deserve more attention. Today, I visited the Arts and Crafts Village in Abuja. It is located just beside Silverbird and behind the Musa Yar'adua Centre. As a lover of Nigerian/African art with hopes of bringing more recognition to this little village, I present to you, my trip to the beautiful Arts and Crafts Village.
This is how most of the buildings look; little mud huts with thatch roofs. There were some more modern buildings however, that served as eateries.
I visited every hut but here are some of the items that my attention:
Intricately carved wooden sculptures
Mother and Child
Wheelbarrow pushers who I think are triplets
Colourful masks with big lips and tribal marks.
They're probably Igala
A community of bronze sculptures
This little guy was tired of listening to my ramblings
Cool bronze flute player and smoking pipes
Ilemona and Ilebaye
Unidentifiable object and drum
Someone was clearly not happy that I was playing with his face
Some crocodile and snake skin wallets
Mother and Child 2
I was told these were Lion teeth. I sincerely hope they're not.
A carving of some individuals on the run, I suppose.
Cute bronze baby hippos
Old Nigerian currency was also available for purchase. This one pound note has seen better days.
Husband and Wife.
Multicoloured Animal Skin Purses
This one was scary. It's a bag made from baby crocodile skin with the head and fingers intact.
This chick was out to play
An artist assembling one of his pieces
There was a bookshop that had almost all the books on my reading list as well as other awesome books. #AfricanLiterature
Assembled painted carving
These tin men were having a dancing competition
Painter at work. He was hesitant about us taking the picture so we promised not to show his face.
I got tired so I decided to join this little guy by the tree.
I wish I could share all the pictures but I'm really tired of uploading. So, if you're ever in Abuja or you're in Abuja now, please visit the lovely passionate artists and retailers at the Arts and Crafts village. They are all very friendly and very welcoming. I will definitely be visiting again. Also, if you're going to Silverbird, just stop by and say hello and buy something as well. :) They'll be glad you did.
These beautiful pictures were taken by my amazing sister and
personal paparazza budding photographer, Ajay Abalaka.
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