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Ladi Kwali Pottery

Glazed bowl with lid by Ladi Kwali (1925 - 1984)

Ladi Dosei Kwali was the pioneer of modern pottery in Nigeria.

In 1958, 1959, and 1962, Kwali's work was exhibited in London and her contributions helped keep the Pottery Centre afloat. She was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1963 and was awarded an honorary degree by Ahmadu Bello University in 1977. Her pottery was also displayed during Nigeria's independence celebrations in 1960. In 1980, the Nigerian Government invested her with the insignia of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA), the highest national honour for academic achievement. Kwali is the first and only woman to appear on Nigerian currency: her portrait is on the back of the twenty-naira note.