Tonia Nneji: FORBES AFRICA Under 30 class of 2022

This is a story that started off with ₦50,000 ($120) in her mother’s backyard in rural Ajegunle, Nigeria and a paint brush. 

“I just completed my university education and as soon as I got back home, I applied to train under master artist, Wallace Ejoh,” Tonia Nneji says. “I started out with ₦50,000 from my mum, which was to be repaid as soon as I sold my first painting, which I did about a month later… I could only paint in the backyard for a specific time every day to avoid disturbing other tenants and to prevent the younger kids from touching or ingesting oil paints.” 

July 15, 2022