He was born in 1991 in Ada, Nigeria, a modest city of 2.5 million at a time when most people there couldn't afford a home computer. Instead, his father, an importer, would frequent a local cybercafe, where he rented time on a PC.
“My father was drawn to the computer because he’s a businessman who had to write tons of letters to his business partners,” Osinachi said. “The emergence of cyber cafes in Nigeria at a time when it was super expensive to own a desktop computer was really a good thing for him. He dived in—and took me along.”
That turned out to be auspicious. Osinachi got to fool around on the computer too, and taught himself how to use Word—not to write letters, but to create art. Since October 5, Christie’s Europe has been auctioning off some of Osinachi’s Word-created NFTs, making him the first African NFT artist to be so honored.
Today, social token platform Socialstack is launching a new social token platform, CommunityOS, to help expand awareness around the project and build a community for fans of Osinachi.
Osinachi is kicking down the door for African artists to enter the NFT auction market. The exhibit, " Different Shades of Water ," features five of the artists' images in homage to the 1972 David Hockney painting " Pool with Two Figures." Osinachi says it's "my own way of condensing my experience, not just as a Black person, but also as a Nigerian, and more specifically, as a person."
Osinachi is also chief creative officer of Socialstack , which launched in February and is aimed at doing good globally. The tools unveiled today are part of a suite that offers “plug & play functionality to power tokenized communities.”
A portrait of the artist
Andrew Berkowitz, co-founder and CEO of Socialstack, said attendees would be able to earn Osinachi’s social tokens by taking a picture in front of the Osinachi art pieces and sharing it on Twitter.
"Anyone at the events that does that will earn some of Osinachi's social tokens, OSINA," said Berkowitz. "It's a way to incentivize social sharing for people while they're at the events, with a token reward." Guests attending the auction can also enhance their experience via augmented reality by scanning QR codes placed throughout the auction house.
Osinachi said he got involved with Socialstack at the start of the year after meeting Berkowitz and being impressed by his vision of using social tokens to do good, rather than just make money. "Positive impact is something I love being a part of," Osinachi said. "Whether rallying crypto art community members to pay attention to what is happening in my part of the world, or donating part of proceeds of the sale of my work to charity."
We’re turning London into a Cryptoart capital!
If you’re in London catch the exhibition of my series “Different Shades of Water” at @154artfair
Auction for the 5 pieces in the series is on @ChristiesInc and runs through Oct 19. https://t.co/SG6Cm4UBJl
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