Polly Alakija is an artist and illustrator who moved to Nigeria from the UK in 1989. Between 2005 and 2011 she was based in South Africa. She now works from “The Studio” her workspace and showroom in Lagos. Polly has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, France, Nigeria and South Africa, where her work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. Polly is a trained teacher and has been continuously involved in educational programs. The Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative combines her passion for education and bringing art into communities.
She also has written and illustrated Children’s books for publishers in the UK, EU, USA and Nigeria. As an Interior Designer Polly established James Cubitt Interiors in 2009.
In April 2017 His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode appointed Polly as Chairman of Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture.
Polly took her foundation course in Art and Design at Oxford Polytechnic. Her large scale works lend themselves to the public space. With MOE+ architects, Polly devel-ops culture and community centred urban regeneration projects. As Chairperson of Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture Polly has guided the process of Lagos being included in the World City Culture Forum. The board has been instrumental in forming the direction of the Tourism Master Plan for Lagos State, in creating platforms for public art, educational programs and skills development exchanges.
She will be a speaker on the panel: African Soft Power.