Jekein Lato-Unah is a Nigerian multi-dimensional artist born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. Her work is a response to her space, based on her interaction with her environment. Jekein is known for her use of symbols and patterns to create pieces that reflect social, political and cultural issues in a thought-provoking manner to spark discussions.
Jekein has won awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Culture in the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos and on SME100 Nigeria’s 25 under 25 awards for her invaluable contribution to the Arts, Crafts and Culture. She studied Performance Art at the Goethe Institute and was the Art director for “A Day Exhibition”; at the Art House Foundation Residency. Jekein was an exhibiting artist at “It’s not Furniture”; the Temple Management Company’s debut art exhibition held at Omenka Gallery and a part of an all-female exhibition titled “The Female Form” held at the Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Nigeria for Lola Shoneyin’s Ake Festival.
Jekein is a feminist, philanthropist and activist who has been recognized by BBC for her unending fight against patriarchy and every form of abuse people, most importantly, women and girls suffer from. As an undergraduate student studying Law at the University of Lagos, she works in the Paralegal and Projects team at Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER), a leading not-for-profit gender-based violence organization – founded by Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi – that is re-engineering conversation and changing narratives that contribute to rape culture, supporting survivors with pro bono psychosocial services and providing prevention mechanisms to communities to curb gender-based violence in Nigeria.