NgwakọityNgwakọ' is a translation from the Igbo language meaning 'hybrid'. The 'ity' is an addition element to create a mixed word. 'Hybridity' is a bi-racial person from two opposite cultural backgrounds. The surname 'Uwejoma' originates from the Igbo tribe, which is located in West Africa and is the third most populous tribe in Nigeria. The staged self-portraits are a layered narrative of Uwejoma's previous experiences of the African culture and are interpretations of the Igbo traditions. Uwejoma was born and raised in the UK and grew up with minor hints of Nigerian heritage without being fully aware. The series of images highlight the secrecy and uncertainty of not knowing where ones true ethnic identity belongs.
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