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Adenrele Sonariwo: Taking Art To The World

It is one thing to resign from your well-paying job abroad to open an art gallery in Nigeria, it is another to gain recognition for it.

In 2010, when Adenrele Sonariwo returned to Nigeria with a burden to show her love for the arts and capture its essence before it dies a slow death, little did she now that her art gallery will become a cult of some sort with people trooping in.

She says,

“I remember the day I quit. I was a bit scared and fearful. I was working with this job that provided security, but I just felt very uncomfortable in that situation and I knew that it was something inside of me. Obviously, I had thought about it very carefully. I always say that when you know, you know. Nobody has to tell you, nobody has to convince you.”

Four years after the launch of the Rele Art Gallery, she has not only changed what the game in the art world, she has also become a sort of inspiration to art and non-art lovers.

To delve into her space, pick up a copy of the Guardian Life Magazine on Sunday at newspaper stands nationwide. Guardian Life is found in Guardian Newspapers.

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