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Who Is Ladi Kwali? Biography, Age , Death And Facts To Know About The Legendry Potter

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Ladi Kwali was a Nigerian potter. She was born in the village of Kwali in the Gwari region of Northern Nigeria, where pottery was an indigenous occupation among women. Her biography and other facts you need to know about the legendary potter.

Who Is Ladi Kwali? Biography, Age , Death And Facts To Know About The Legendry Potter

Who is Ladi Kwali?

Ladi Kwali was born in the year 1925 in a village called Kwali in the Northern part of Nigeria. She was a potter who made pots with clay. Kwali later became a university lecturer and received a doctorate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1977.

Full name: Dr Hadiza Ladi Kwali

Date of birth: 1925

Date of death: 12 August 1984 (aged 58–59)

Sibling: Mallam Mekaniki Kyebese

Occupation: Artist, Ceramist, Potter and was also a lecturer

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Here are 15 facts about Ladi;

  1. She was the first female potter at the Abuja Pottery Training Centre
  2. Kwali was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1963
  3. She was an apprentice to her aunt
  4. Her art work was exhibited at the Nigeria Independence day 1960
  5. Her picture appears at the back of the Nigerian N20 Naira bill                                                Who Is Ladi Kwali? Biography, Age , Death And Facts To Know About The Legendry Potter
  6. She also received the national honor of the Officer of the Order of the Niger(OON) in 1981
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7. The Cardew Pottery in Abuja was renamed the Ladi Kwali Pottery and a major street is called Ladi Kwali Road in Abuja

8.  Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria awarded her with an honorary doctorate

9. Her art was shown to great acclaim in London at the Berkeley Galleries

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10. Several art of hers was acquired by the Emir of Abuja

11. Ladi was given Silver Award of Excellence at the Tenth international Exhibition of Ceramics Arts, Washistin D.C

12. A Sculpture of Ladi is been palced at the Federal Secreteriat, Abuja.

13. She could not read or write but lectured her work at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

14. Her Art works are well known is Britian, Europe and America

15. In 1980 the Nigerian Government invested in Kwali the insignia of the Nigerian National Order of Merit Award (NNOM), the highest national honour for academic achievement.

Ladi Kwali hybrid technique added a blend to the customary Gwari method and the traditional coiling method which she learnt from her Aunt with Western techniques of wheel throwing and glazing, which she acquired a knowledge of from the Abuja Pottery Training Center. While still using the traditional open firing method with herbal glazes, Ladi Kwali’s pottery modified the face of modern pottery around the world.

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