Published February 23, 2019
Sophomore Daniel Oghale Ukiri is pursuing his bachelor's degree in environmental design with a minor in art studio. He comes to UB from the city of Port Harcourt, the largest city in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Ukiri says Buffalo and the life of the city was a major draw for him. Within his first year at UB, he became a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an accomplishment he credits in part to the School of Architecture and Planning's academic services, the inspiration of his professors and peers, and the support of his parents.
His interest in art began as a child, when as a four-year-old he would watch with fascination as his older brother drew. "Since then, I have continued drawing and it has developed into an appreciation of buildings and design," he says. At UB, Ukiri makes time for his art outside the classroom. "When I am not studying, I spend my time building my personal design portfolio and art brand, Dukiri_arts. My designs are especially influenced by what I learn in my program, which is focused on people and their activities. I believe art is an addiction that you cannot get enough of because it brings out so much emotion."
Ukiri says he is honored to be among the students, faculty and alumni featured as part of the school's celebration of Black History Month. "I believe recognizing Black excellence and the excellence of other ethnicities is important for our society. It allows us to appreciate our background and inspires others to excel no matter what situation they are in."
The School of Architecture and Planning's "Celebrating Black History, Investing in Black Futures" campaign, to continue throughout February as Black History Month, will shine a spotlight on the accomplishments and activities of our Black faculty, alumni, staff and students. The campaign will also recognize critical research and programs that celebrate the Black experience.
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