THE ABA WOMEN'S RIOT: A PART OF AFRICAN HISTORY THAT MUST BE COMMEMORATED

  • 2020-03-26

The Aba Women's Riots, described as the wake of feminism in Africa during the 1900s, resonated the continent's voice of freedom. They inspired many founding fathers of African countries to fight for independence. To celebrate women, Nigerian Artist, Fred Martins who has created numerous emotionally charged campaign posters on social issues pays homage to the movement in a recent series of prints using young palm fronds. Fred’s work recognizes African women who used their voice and fought against oppression. In the Igbo culture, “young palm fronds are 'sacred' tools which symbolize protest and often create striking, highly imaginative works that broaden revolutionary Africans.” 

"I reflected on the power of femininity and how it has affected history on every stage and era of human civilization," says Fred Martins. In 2016, Fred Martins much-admired series "Orange, Black And Freedom"  also paid homage to iconic figures such as Makeba, Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, Thomas Sankara, Patrice Lumumba , and others important figures through intricate portraits that placed their image within a symbolic afro comb. "Black and Freedom" another outstanding collection from Martins. He used butterflies and Black Power fists to signify the past and future of Africa.

Take a look Fred Martins recent series via this link:  https://www.instagram.com/p/B8GYwNRg7cV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link