Her mother Dora Akunyili made her name fighting the sale of counterfeit drugs and unsafe foods as head National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria before her untimely passing at just 59 in 2014, but Njideka Akunyili Crosby is making a name for herself in a totally different field…the world of art!

Just last week the visual artist made serious bank when her work “Drown” sold for $1,092,500, over three times the high-estimate ($200,000-$300,000), in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale.

This is a new auction record for Njideka. According to reports at least 11 bidders competed for the work that was eventually sold to an anonymous buyer on the telephone.

This was the second time in less than two months that the auction record for Njideka Akunyili Crosby had been broken at Sotheby’s. The previous auction record for the artist was $93,750, set by her “Untitled” work from 2011 at Sotheby’s New York in September 2016.

The 2012 painting “Drown” is described as an intimate self-portrait of 32 year old Njideke with her husband Justin Crosby.

Great to see Nigerians doing big things, it’s time we eradicated this stigma of being scam artistes and drug lords! 

Main image credit: Njideka Akunyili Crosby