Professor Bridget Nwanze is the Founder and Chairman of FEAAN, and was the First National President of FEAAN.
She studied Fine Art and majored in painting. The institutions she attended and qualifications over the years include Mary Mount College Agbor (WASC) 1972, Continuing Education Center Benin City (HSC) 1974, Auchi Polytechnic (O.N.D.) 1976, University of Ife (B.A. Hons.) 1979, University of Port Harcourt (P.G.D.E) 1988, University of Benin (MFA) 1989, and University of Ibadan (PhD) 2000.
A Doctor of Philosophy, a senior lecturer in Fine Art, an accomplished public speaker, a careful, kind and calculative lady who through empowerment has promoted the general welfare of women and youths, a woman who accepts calls with humility.
Prof. Nwanze has served her country tirelessly in the educational sector for many years and has gained the love and respect of students, colleagues and parents alike. Beginning from the Government Technical College Port Harcourt, where she did her National Youth Service, to the Federal Government College Port Harcourt where she taught for twelve years between 1980 and 1992, Bridget demonstrated her rare and outstanding talent in teaching.
While in the Federal Government College, she was a Senior Education Officer, Head of Department of Creative Arts, Class Counselor and House Mistress, to mention but a few.
She joined the University of Port Harcourt as a lecturer in 1993 and served as the first Head of Department of Fine Art and Design in the Faculty of Humanities. Other positions among many held in the university include Senate board member, Staff adviser, Curator, Post Graduate Studies coordinator and the University of Port Harcourt International orator.
Chinze is the current President of FEAAN. She is an award-winning and renowned Nigerian artists, nationally and internationally, who studied Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, a student of Prof El Anatsui. She studied Interior Designing in the USA and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising.
She has participated in over 52 art exhibitions both in Nigeria and internationally. She was recently acclaimed for her exhibition at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos ‘The Unfinished Business’, where she highlighted the plight of the ‘girl child’ in Nigeria.
She mentors young girls, held workshops and leadership training for teenage boys and girls over the years. Chinze is a facilitator for British Council to mentor young artists in their programme called Creative Hustle. On the 5th of July 2018, at the British House of Commons, London, she was given award by the African Achievers Award 2018 as the MOST CREATIVE AFRICAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR.
Chinze is a consummate professional, passionate about art and avid supporter of female art.
Ngozi is a prolific artist who uses her art as an advocacy for women rights and empowerment. She is a mentor to younger artists, women and children. This she does through art workshops, career talk in schools, art competitions for boys and girls.
She presented art workshop for children in July 2015 at the World Children Festival at the Eclipse in Washington, USA. She also represented Nigeria at the UNESCO Andorra Art Camp For Peace and came top in Africa. She has received several awards such as FRCN Rare Gem as a mentor 2016 and Lagos Ambassador 2017, for sustainability and promotion of arts in Nigeria.
One of her Paintings “Life First Food,” Pastel on Paper was used by WHO as a campaign photo for exclusive breast feeding in Nigerian Hospitals for a period of 10 years (1992-2002).
She was the pioneer secretary of FEAAN 2001-2011 and was President of FEAAN 2011-March 2018.
She is a 1986 graduate of Fine Arts and also a 2009 Masters Degree holder in Art History from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.