Leading contemporary painter Ebenezer Akinola well known for his large-scale portraits was born in 1968. He graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Benin, Nigeria (1989). While at the university, Akinola was honoured with several awards including the; Fasuyi Art Prize for Best Student (1989); Departmental Prize Best Student (1989); and a scholarship for Best Student in painting in 300 level (1988). He has exhibited his work severally in Nigeria, United States and Europe and has also completed special commissions for numerous art institutions in Nigeria. In this interview, he talks about his passion for painting, as well as his increasing engagement with portraiture.