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In pictures: Delta artists

Shell or Hell

A two-week exhibition of artists from Nigeria's troubled but oil-rich Niger Delta has just ended at the cultural centre in the capital, Abuja.


Some artists say their work is an attempt to use their anger in every stroke of the brush or tap of the chisel. But they also say the Delta is "a story of beauty".

Pius Waritimi

"I call this piece of sculpture Shell or Hell because [oil giant] Shell has done nothing but bring hell to the people of the Niger Delta," says sculptor Pius Waritimi.

Tantua with Celebration of Life

Diseye Tantua says he draws from his upbringing and parents to "celebrate the sheer beauty of life".

Diseye Tantua's stamp

"Here, I try to offer a view of my identity with my own native stamp. The internet has replaced the good old normal letter and people no longer collect stamps," says Tantua.

Raped Innocence

"The Niger Delta is like a maiden who has been raped of her innocence," says Waribugo Jackson, standing beside her sculpture made of fibre glass on board.

Abacha Lover

"In Painter's Diary, I have put up this imaginary wall," says Paniebi Jones. "If you look carefully, you'll see [ex-military leader] General Sani Abacha in his trademark dark glasses."

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