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Nwankwo Obaseki says the Queen has become a ‘kind of goddess’

Nwankwo Obaseki says the Queen has become a 'kind of goddess'

‘She sat for him 12 times’: The Nigerian artist who made a bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II has said he hopes her ‘purity’ and ‘honour’ will one day be recognised in the nation.

The Queen’s ‘glorious’ statue has caused outrage in Nigeria after one of her statues was toppled by the artist’s own statue.

Artist Nwankwo Obaseki, who created the bronze version of the Queen at his studio in Lagos, Nigeria, said he hoped his sculpture would be recognised when, one day, the Queen was ‘allowed’ to sit for him.

Obaseki, who has been criticised in the past for his political leanings and for his creation of statues of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and former military ruler Sani Abacha in Nigeria, said the Queen has become ‘a kind of goddess, and therefore a source of worship and reverence’ in Nigeria.

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Artist Nwankwo Obaseki, best known in Nigeria for his sculpture of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has been criticised in the past

Obaseki, who has been accused of politically supporting the likes of Olusegun Obasanjo, has said he hopes his statue will be recognised when, one day, the Queen is ‘allowed’ to sit for him

The Queen’s ‘glorious’ statue has caused outrage in Nigeria after one of her statues was toppled by the artist’s own statue

‘Let it be known in an appropriate manner that this statue is not intended to embarrass anybody. Nor should it be seen as provocative.

‘To the contrary, I hope it will eventually be recognised in the nation, the beauty of the figure is so perfect that it is a kind of goddess and therefore a source of veneration and reverence,’ Obaseki said.

The statue was toppled by Obaseki’s own statue after a local resident took the liberty to remove it, he said.

‘Since the artist is very proud, he just stood there in silence and nobody dared to say anything to him,’ Obaseki said.

Obaseki said the Queen’s statue is ‘a kind of goddess, and therefore a source of veneration and

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