Victor Ehikhamenor Turns KSA’s Guitar to a N52.1m Art Work
In the early hours of Monday morning, a new record was broken on the occasion of KSA’s (King Sunny Ade) 70th birthday and 50th anniversary on stage, which held at the Federal Palace Hotel and Casino. The guitar, custom made by international brand Fender, designed by Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor and auctioned by United Auction House, had a starting price of N9m and was bid for by the well-heeled audience before finally selling at N52.1m.
An ecstatic Ehikhamenor said, “When you are given the opportunity to add a line to the history of a legend, you’d better ask God to take your hand and guide your senses. I’ve loved King Sunny Ade’s music for the longest time and his rhythm is one of the best companions in my studio when working”.
Victor Ehighale Ehihkamenor was born in Udomi-Uwessan in Edo State, Nigeria. He is a prolific and award-winning artist, writer, and photographer. Ehihkamenor earned a BA in English and Literary Studies from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, and holds a MSc. in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Maryland, College Park Maryland. Ehihkamenor’s work is heavily influenced by traditional African motifs and religious cosmology. He has also published numerous fiction and essays in significant international academic journals, mainstream magazines and newspapers. His art has been used as covers for major books by several award-winning authors including Chimamanda Adichie, Helon Habila, Unomah Azuah, and Tony Khan.
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