Early in November, 2014 shared the story of Adaora-Zinno Orara who was diagnosed with stage 7 breast cancer in 2010 and is currently battling the disease.

Against All Odds is a one of a kind art exhibition dedicated to this brave woman. The exhibition showcases the works of Zinno Orara, one of Nigeria’s most celebrated painters and husband of Adaora. The couple has been married for 20 years.

Zinno and Adaora Orara










Born in 1965 in Benin City, Zinno Orara attended Government College, Ughelli and The School of Arts and Design, Auchi. He graduated in 1988 with a Distinction in Painting and Illustration. He also holds a masters degree in Philosophy.

With over 12 solo exhibitions and 25 group exhibitions in Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, Spain, United States and Canada, Zinno Orara’s paintings are present in art galleries all over the world; as well as with some of the world’s most dedicated collectors.

Zinno, whose unique and inspiring talent has not been eclipsed by the sadness following his wife’s ailment, speaks about some of the paintings.









“Life is a journey, the painting Homeward Revisited is not just about the woman paddling her canoe home; it’s about life’s journey in its entirety. We will all go home someday and most times, we don’t know how it will all end.”

 For the captivating painting, Love Isn’t Blue, Zino said:

“This is my story, love isn’t blue, love is red, depends on how much sacrifice you are willing to make.”












The exhibition is will take place from Friday 5 – Friday 12 December 2014 at Mydrim Gallery, 74B Norman Williams St. South West Ikoyi Lagos and is supported by Blackhouse Media.

Ayeni Adekunle Samuel, CEO Blackhouse Media, had this to say about the artist and his paintings:

“Being a proud owner of some Zinno Orara’s paintings, I can say that his works are truly one of a kind, with the deep messaging and detailed finishing. It is impossible for a shallow thinker to make deep impressions that are awe inspiring like these works. This exhibition is more than just an art showcase, it is in honor of Mrs. Adaora-Zinno Orara – the most beautiful woman in the world – and every other person out there who is fighting the up-hill battle against cancer, against all odds.”


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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