Mayowa ‘Shutabug’ Alabi, a visual artist from Lagos, Nigeria, has listed a new NFT art on the Foundation platform, featuring the trendy and colourful women of the Ojude Oba festival.
The Ojude Oba festival is an ancient celebration of the Yoruba people of Ijebu-Ode, a town in Ogun State, Southwestern Nigeria. The festival usually takes place the third day after Eid al-Kabir (Ileya), to pay homage and show respect to the Royal Majesty, the Awujale of Ijebuland. It is one of the most spiritual and glamorous festivals celebrated in Ijebuland and generally in Ogun State as a whole.
The festival attracts over 45,000 visitors every year, who come singing, dancing and drumming to the king’s palace. The festival also showcases the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Ijebu people, especially the women who dress in eye-catching attires, matched with luxury jewellery and accessories.
Shutabug, who has been creating digital art since 2016, was inspired by the beauty and elegance of the Ojude Oba women in the various videos and photos taking the round across social media since the festival earlier this year.
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are unique digital assets that are verified and stored on a blockchain. They can represent anything from art, music, videos, games, collectibles and more. NFTs have gained popularity in recent years as a way for artists to monetize their work and connect with their fans.
The art is available for bidding on Foundation, a platform that allows artists to create and sell NFTs using Ethereum, a cryptocurrency. And prints are available on the artist’s Society6 profile.