Collector Adora Mba Aims to Promote Emerging African Artists

On 02 November 2020, by La Gazette Drouot

Before opening her own contemporary art gallery in Accra, Ghana, on October 15, this gallery owner and collector was a journalist and art consultant in London. Today she is committed to promoting emerging artists from Africa and the African Diaspora.

© Photo Daniel Cole Ofoe Amegavie

What inspired you to become an art dealer?
Art is beauty to me and being surrounded by art makes me feel whole. I knew that I had to work in the fine art industry in order to be fulfilled.

If you could do it all over again, what would you do?
If I had a chance to live life again, I would love to be an artist myself. To be naturally gifted at creating, painting, would be yet another experiential wonder.

An artist or work that has caught your eye recently?      
A large-scale painting by Nigerian artist Ndidi Emefiele. I could look at it — and contemplate it — for hours.

Is there a dream artist or work of art you would like to exhibit in your gallery?
El Anatsui; I would be honored to do a retrospective of his work in Ghana.

What is your mantra?
"Que sera, sera!" (Whatever Will Be, Will Be!)

What projects or upcoming events are on the horizon?
My projects at this stage revolve almost entirely around ADA’s exhibition programs, which include the opening solo exhibition, “Collins Obijiaku’s Gindin Mangoro: Under the Mango Tree” (October 15-November 19, 2020), followed by a solo exhibition presenting Eniwaye Oluwaseyi, titled “The Politics of Shared Spaces”, opening on November 27.

ADA \ contemporary art gallery, ground floor, Alto Tower, Villaggio Vista, North Airport Road, Airport Residential Area, Accra, Ghana.
www.ada-accra.com
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