Uzo Egonu illustrates his own desire to be part of this movement, with the painting of his face directly to the right of Nkrumah. Surrounded by children and adult admirers, Nkrumah’s gesture towards the kneeling children conveys his benevolent traits as a leader loved by the people. Nkrumah is dressed in a long kente fabric which represents Ghanaian culture, and symbolises his honourable status.
Compared to Artist painting of mother and child, this early painting offers more figurative detail in the representative depiction of Egonu, Nkrumah, and the crowd. Egonu’s work has been included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Arts Council of England, National Museum of Modern Art in Poland, and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Lagos, among others.
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