With Artistry being boundless in expression, Jekein Lato-Unah lives to visually prove it. The Nigerian female artist has continuosly held high not only her skill, but more so-the cause for creation.
Her mastery in Oils on Canvas is seen through her works, of figurative make, with her unique textural shades, which she well modifies- yet typical among her works, is the woman and girl child, which the Artist holds dearly. It is evident how Lato-Unah hasn’t settled for the ordinary, but she is generally practicing Advocacy Art.
Born on the 4th of September, Jekein Lato-Unah is a multidisciplinary artist and activist currently in her final year of her Law course in University of Lagos.
A highly proficient artist, in many mediums, Lato-Unah is gifted with an inquisitive and curious mind she entwine with creating paintings of extraordinary beauty.
Her mastery of composition and color dominates any subject and series she chooses to explore. With 53 of her paintings dedicated paintings to addressing her deep concern about patriarchy and it’s many children, Lato-Unah has used her art practice to explore and personalize urban issues allude to the lives of regular Nigerians, especially women, who are neglected by a selfish government who has no value for human life and the harsh requirements of patriarchy.
In late 2017 Jekein began work on ‘Displacement”, arguably her most famous series. Painting the Nigerian woman’s subjugation, her pain, joy, her beauty.
She is telling Nigerian stories from Nigerian eyes. Some proceeds of her art goes into supporting young girls academically, rape organizations, sickle cell foundations, IDP camps and sanitary aid for girls.
Jekein also works as paralegal and Project Head at The Stand to End Rape Initiative, a not-for-profit gender-based violence organization founded by Ayodeji Oluwaseun Osowobi – the organization advocates against sexual violence whilst providing prevention mechanisms and supporting survivors with psychosocial services. She recently joined the Managerial team for Market March, a movement founded by Damilola Marcus which aims to push for better policies from government regarding harassment in markets.