First ever Nigerian Pavilion opens at the Venice Biennale

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  • For the first time in its history, a Nigerian Pavilion makes its debut at the 57th Venice Biennale
  • Peju Alatise, Victor Ehikhamenor and Qudus Onikeku will explore life

(CNN)For the first time in history a Nigerian Pavilion will make its debut at the 57th Venice Biennale, also known as the Olympics of the art world. The country's pavilion will be one of 51 others from around the world.

Nigeria now joins African countries such as Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique who have all had pavilions during the exhibition's 122-year history.
"The journey to Venice Biennale has been about two years in the making," explains one of the exhibit's curators, Adenrele Sonariwo.
    "When we started the process we didn't have all the right answers but we had conviction."
    "As Nigerians we call ourselves the giant of Africa. We have amazing talent here and there is no reason why we shouldn't be at an event of this magnitude."

    Telling an authentic African story

    Representing Africa's most populous nation are three contemporary home-grown artists: Peju Alatise, Victor Ehikhamenor and Qudus Onikeku, who are exhibiting works curated by Sonariwo and Emmanuel Iduma.
    "The Venice Biennale is like the Olympics of the Arts. It is the hi