Ladi Kwali was a Nigerian potter, born in the village of Kwali in the Gwari region of northern Nigeria. She was an excellent potter who made beautiful and exceptional potteries.
She lived all her life practicing pottery craft in kwali village of northern Nigeria where she caught the attention of a white man who loved her work and helped showcase her art work around the world.
She was later invited to the United Kingdom, despite her informal education, to teach her art to students as an external lecturer/tutor.
Kwali was awarded an MBE ( Member of the order of British Empire) in 1962 and an honorary of doctoral degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1972.
In 1980, the Nigerian Government invested on her with the insignia of the Nigerian National Oder of Merit Award (NNOM); the highest national to honour for academic achievement. She also received the national honour of the officer of the order of Niger (OON) in 1981.
Ladi Kwali died on August 12, 1984. She was 59. Her picture appears on the back of #20 note.
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