Dora Akunyili’s daughter, Njideka Crosby, makes 2019 Time’s 100 Next list

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

The 2019 Time Magazine ‘100 Next’ list has been released with acclaimed global visual artist, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, making the list.

Time’s ‘100 Next’ is an annual list of 100 influential people in the world who are actively contributing to change the world through their craft.


Akunyili-Crosby is the daughter of the late Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

“I’m really looking at how (Nigeria and the US) are complex hybrid spaces,” she told TIME.

The globally acclaimed artist made history in 2018 after selling her iconic Bush Babies painting for the sum of N1.2 billion.

She recently won a MacArthur Genius Grant which set her N225 million richer.

Journalist Madeleine Carlisle wrote about her: “Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s works have sold for millions at auctions.

“But in 2018, it was possible to see one at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art free of charge—you didn’t even have to go inside.

“The visual artist was only the second person to be chosen to create a mural on the walls of the museum itself, which was visible from Grand Avenue’s sidewalk.


“It featured brightly coloured scenes of domestic life: in one section, a woman rests her elbow on a table, seemingly deep in thought.

“Akunyili Crosby—who moved to the U.S. from Nigeria in her teens—is known for such scenes, some of which are autobiographical and incorporate references to both countries.”