NAE CHEERS FOR ENGLAND'S FIRST BLACK FOOTBALL PLAYER

1 June 2014

This Saturday, England kick-off their World Cup campaign with an exciting young team composed of English players from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

To celebrate multi-culturalism and the new sporting season, Karl Ohiri's photograph Three Lions: A Portrait of Benjamin Odeje (2014) will be presented at New Art Exchange throughout the World Cup.

Through his photography, Ohiri tells the story of Benjamin Odeje, the first black footballer on the English team, whose talent and courage paved the way for players today. The portrait reflects how the determined footballer triumphed over a barrage of racial abuse and disapproval from his family.

His significant achievements reflect the current English football team; a representation of the culturally diverse nature of the nation.

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