Christine Mike-Nnaji

Born in Galway, Ireland 2005, never spoke a word for the first 4 years. But she could rock back and forth to Barney and Friends. Christine returned to Nigeria in 2007 and was diagnosed with autism in 2009. Christine’s parents enrolled her in special needs school hoping that she would learn to speak, read, and write. Christine who had never spoken a word caught up quickly with colours and numeracy and some level of speech.

For years, Christine who had been under therapy, sketched on old textbooks and loved arts and crafts nothing spectacular until the pandemic: February 2021. During which online classes soon became the norm! Alas, Christine wasn’t responding to the online classes, her parents bought sketch pads and found out that she had a photographic memory and could absorb scenes and pictures as well as draw what she saw within a couple of hours on paper. Then she started drawing on canvas and it was like she’s being drawing for years.

Once Christine started painting, she became a totally different person. It was like an awakening. She came alive with colours, watched movies with the family, engaged in conversations and discovered she loved painting with Michael Jackson’s songs. She really loves high octane sounds. On 12th April 2022, her debut exhibition held at ‘Terra Kulture’ Lagos Nigeria. Followed by another one at the launch of ‘The Learning Place Innovation Centre’.