HANEEFAH ADAM, THE CREATIVE NIGERIAN FEMALE ARTIST WHO TURNS FOOD INTO BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART
Most people dispose of their food leftovers, but in Nigerian-born visual artist Haneefah Adam’s kitchen, they’re put to good use. Adam, 28, is famous for presenting food in creative ways, using it to make portraits and other works of art.
A medical scientist by training, Adam first made a name for herself in 2015 when she transformed Barbie into Hijarbie – a hijab-wearing Muslim doll. Now, she’s building a career out of rejigging food into art.
Her winning entry, pictured above, was inspired by one of her favourite childhood meals, ogbono soup, a southern Nigerian delicacy made from the dried seeds of mangoes. She says the art represents an African woman adorned in vibrant colours.
Winning the competition kick-started Adam’s career and her full-time job is now creating art for food brands such as Maggi and Dangote Salt. In the next few years, Adam wants to be more present in the vibrant art scene in Africa, including that of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial center.