Nigerian writer Osinachi is creating remarkable visual art on Instagram. His pieces draw inspiration from, and offer interpretations of, literature, music, and daily living. One is a cross-gender-sexual reading of Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees. Another depicts Ikemefuna’s murder in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. All are rendered colorfully.
Most artists use special art applications, but not Osinachi. He creates his art using Microsoft Word—the Microsoft Word we all use to write. Some of his pieces appear in the Art Naija Series anthologies—Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016) and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017)—as well as in 14’s anthologies—We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018), the last of which had its cover designed by him.
Starting out professionally as Prince Jacon, his first and second names, he switched to his Igbo name, Osinachi—a tribute to his roots, which he references in some of his work. At the moment, he is an academic librarian.
Enjoy the pieces below.
Find more of Osinachi’s visual art on his Instagram: @__osinachi