Studying fine art at the Royal College of Art, Sokari has had over 40 solo exhibits internationally, representing both Nigeria and the United Kingdom. One of her most famous pieces was a full-scale replica of a Nigerian steel bus, named Battle Bus: Living Memorial for Ken Saro‐Wiwa (2006). This was a monument to the late Niger Delta activist and writer, which gives her work an interesting and powerful political edge. In 2003 she was included in the shortlist for the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth, and her work is in permanent exhibitions in places such as Washington D.C, London’s British Museum and the Setagaya Museum in Tokyo.
She was awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to art. More recently, her piece ‘The World is Now Richer’ – a memorial to commemorate the abolishment of slavery – was exhibited in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom, and then in St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2014. Her Battle Bus piece travelled the Niger Delta region in 2015 as part of a project named Action Saro – Wiwa; a campaign to clean up the Niger Delta region. In fact, Sokari feels so strongly about the environmental destruction of the Niger Delta by mass oil drilling and production that she often utilises recycled oil barrels in her sculptures, one famous piece being named ‘Green Leaf Barrel’, which is housed in an artists studio in London to this day. Sokari is just one of many African women who are actually at the vanguard of the budding African art scene, and this could only be a good thing for furthering gender equality and feminism in Africa, which will also undoubtedly mean more artists and more growth, profit and investment in art across the continent and globally.