Ebele Okoye

The Nigerian born painter, designer and animator studied Fine and Applied Arts majoring in Graphic design/Illustration at the IMT (Institute of Management and Technology) Enugu, Nigeria from 1985 to 1989 after which she worked as a designer and cartoonist in Agencies, Newspapers and Magazines before settling to full time studio painting in 1995.

After five years of exhibitions both in Nigeria and abroad, she migrated to Germany in 2000 in pursuit of an over 20 years childhood dream which is to study Animation film making. Upon arrival, she did a guest programme in Africanology at the University of Cologne, which she promptly left for Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf. From 2003 to 2004, Okoye trained in traditional 2D Cartoon Animation at the International Film School Cologne.

Since then, she has been working in the area of Animation and Media Arts.
She has also led international co-productions interpreting works from the German literature. One of such works is the poem “An Anna Blume” written by the German Poet Kurt Schwitters in 1919. Titled “Anna Blume” and with the Bulgarian Vessela Dantcheva as director, Ebele Co-scripted, Produced and solely animated the 9 minute short which they tagged “Visual Poetry”. The absurdist style animation of 2009 has won numerous prizes all over the globe. Ebele Okoye also has several prizes to her person as an Animation Film maker.

Another such interpretation of German Poetry titled "Meine Heimat" (Germany/Nigeria 2012) based on a poem of same title by a German Poet called Ulrike Almut sandig, recently attracted a lot of attention in the German media
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