Olusayo Ajetunmobi aka Ajet is a contemporary mixed-media artist and illustrator, whose work explores cultural memory. Ajet's work is characterized by bold colors, intricate details, and a distinct sense of whimsy. Her work draws on Nigerian custom, while incorporating elements of the contemporary. Her passion for art began at a young age when she would spend hours drawing and painting in her free time.
In 2015, Ajet began to hone their craft, experimenting with different styles and techniques. Their work quickly gained recognition, and they began exhibiting in galleries and art shows. Ajet began working as an illustrator in 2017 and has since illustrated seven published picture books, and over a dozen children’s stories. Over the years, Ajet has been the resident artist at various books and arts festivals, and The Legacy Nigerian Railway Museum, where they installed interactive and visual artworks in a variety of mediums in 2021.
In addition to their visual art, Ajet is also an accomplished folklorist. Ajet crafts new folktales, to make up for ancient oral African folktales that are lost and forgotten, and continue the culture of storytelling. They have published two original folktales, including "Just One Bite" which was published as a part of the Okada Books "Write the Future" literacy initiative. They have also published free educator resources that explore the socio-political nuances in "The Greedy Ostrich" online.
Ajet is actively involved in the art community, offering support to aspiring children's books authors and illustrators, through workshops and consultations. She will facilitate a digital workshop at the Pa Gya! Literary Festival 2023.
Today, Ajet is widely regarded as one of Nigeria's most exciting and talented young artists. Ajet continues to create beautiful, thought-provoking art that inspires conversation, delighting audiences of all ages, around the world. With each new work, Ajet invites viewers to engage with the complexities of the human experience and to consider the ways in which art can serve as a powerful tool for social and cultural transformation.