Seven Things To Know About Nigerian-Born Olaolu Slawn Who Designed New British Award Statuette


The 2023 Brit Awards is scheduled to hold on Saturday evening and the statuette that would be presented is designed by a Nigerian artiste, Olaolu Slawn.

The ceremony, which is organised to recognise the best in British and international music would be held at The O2 Arena in London and would be hosted by British comedian, Mo Gilligan. 

The 2023 Brit Awards trophy was designed by a Nigerian-born London-based artist, Olaolu Slawn. 

Below are seven things you need to know about him:

1. Slawn was born in Lagos and Yoruba by tribe.

2. Slawn, who is a 20-year-old, has become the first Nigerian-born and youngest artist to design the BRITs Award.

3. He worked as a shop assistant at Wafflesncream, a skate shop in Lagos, before moving to London in 2018.

4. He enrolled at Middlesex University to study graphic design in 2019 and started to paint during the lockdown.

5. Slawn hosted his debut exhibition at Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery in 2021 which caused a stir in the art scene. 

6. He is known for his spray-painted, pop art canvases and murals.

7. The work of the London-based Nigerian artist Slawn switches between street art and abstract expressionism while exploring pertinent issues of politics, race, and identity.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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