Funmi Akindejoye

She/her

Art Vs Science

I'm from: Lagos, Nigeria
Current Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Position: PHD candidate, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, UTAS.
Field of research/work: Environmental health Science, Brain health and planetary health
YTS Years: 2024

Funmi's Notable career moments

  • My artwork graced the cover page of an art-exhibition

  • Studied Health Science at the University of Ibadan

  • Leader of a non-profit program for Alzheimer’s advocacy in Nigeria

  • Fellowship to join the Global Brain health institute in Chad

  • Pioneered an art-exhibition on urban design & mental health in Nigeria and Finland

  • Finalist for the Metrodora award in Mental health leadership

  • Received a Pilot Grant Award for Global Brain Health Leaders

  • Got a scholarship to study in Tasmania at Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre

About Funmi Akindejoye

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” – Michelangelo
How can art prevent diseases? Human exposure and connection to nature are beneficial to our health and well-being by reducing stress, restoring attention, and promoting physical health. Also, engaging in Art promotes brain function, improves communication, boosts self-esteem and can also promote pro-environmental behaviours.
I am investigating the impact of participating in active Art in a natural environment on the quality of life of people living with Dementia. Integrating Art into nature can enhance our connection to nature and generate superior benefits by harmoniously experiencing beauty.
Growing up, I resided in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, where gas flaring was prevalent, leading me to contemplate the impact of the natural environment on our health. This sparked my interest in studying Environmental Health Sciences. Also, I am a self-taught visual artist who creates mixed-media paintings using found objects. Art is essential in my work for education, awareness, and a strategy for healing.
As a scientist and artist, I am convinced there is always room for innovation, and we should never limit ourselves to the experiences of others. This is of priority for humanity, science, and, most importantly, our brain health.

Funmi's Photo Gallery