Artwork #124

Kemi Yemi-Ese

Oriki in Abstract

Oil on dark papyrus, 2018

In the Yoruba culture, an oriki is the spoken praise poetry regarding an individual, family, or tribe. It is the epic story of overcoming challenges and gaining the admiration and respect of others. My grandmother created an oriki for me after my car accident from which I sustained a spinal cord injury. She recited it at my college graduation and this piece is the visual representation of my oriki.