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PEOPLE OF IBADAN : An Engineer’s Art Journey


I had dreams. To take random pictures of people on the streets of Ibadan and tell their stories. But like most dreams – they die. They die because of laziness, lack of resources etc!

Thank God! Ibadan Insider has given me the opportunity to keep telling these stories. And this time around, laziness won’t stand in the way.

Today’s ‘PEOPLE’ is an inspiring story of a Petroleum Engineering student who followed her dreams to paint and draw.

She is Chinelo Nwangwu, from Enugu State. Studying Petroleum Engineering at the University of Ibadan. She loves to read, write, paint, sing…and she also loves to be handy. She wants to combine all of these without letting go of any. She may never be able to create something new but she wants to be able to create something – something she would never have imagined.

And the beginning of this year, I interviewed her for my ‘People of Ibadan’ project. She told me this :

I’m a final year student in Engineering and I feel for four years my life has been pretty much triangular: school-church-hostel. But I want my story to be a lot more interesting than that. So this last year, despite my extremely busy time-table and final year project I’ve decided to challenge myself and do everything that interests me: drawing,painting,writing and still nail my first class degree in engineering. I’m really scared because I don’t know If I can combine everything .


I went in search of Art classes. The first one I saw almost made me give up entirely . The “man in charge” told me I must not wear trousers to come for his classes . I was really confused. He talked about how he had this dream where women who wore trousers went to hell.  It didn’t make sense to me because I felt there would be no problem as long as I dressed decently. I tried to make him see reason with me but he said he was the authority there and I should not question him . He went ahead to say he did not like to teach women because they argue a lot and never listen.
I left. I found a better place. And I have my first class this morning.


And I’m happy to tell you all that she has really created beautiful art works since then.




She’s been putting in a lot of work. School schedule hasn’t been easy but the recent strike action of the University Of Ibadan has given her ample time to focus on her art.


You can see the progress yourself! We wish Chinelo the best in her art endeavors!

I'm Onwukwe Chimdinma Adriel. A final year Law student of the University Of Ibadan. I wish I could put into words my obsession and love for books and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have tried, but I do not think they suffice. I blog at

1 Comment

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  1. Ceereal

    June 1, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Wow…. Really motivating story

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