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Dean Mitchell’s Affirmation and Projection of Black Identity

In this third part of our continuing series on artists in the diaspora who...
11th Apr 19

Retro Africa: Housing the Future of African Art

Founded by Dolly Kola-Balogun and Abdullahi Umar, Retro Africa has since inception in 2015,...
11th Apr 19

Tobenna Okwuosa On History, Religion, Politics and the Artist

Alongside a successful studio practice, Tobenna Okwuosa (PhD) lectures in the Department of Fine...
11th Apr 19

Stacey Okparavero on Urhobo Deities and the Niger Delta

Adopting several approaches, multidisciplinary Nigerian artist, Stacey Okparavero works across various media and genre,...
11th Apr 19

Adji Dieye’s Red Fever

Adji Dieye’s artistic practice pushes the boundaries of photography in an attempt to investigate...
11th Apr 19

As A Famous Coffin Maker, Paa Joe Turns 70

Joseph Ashong fondly known as Paa Joe is considered one of the most important...
11th Apr 19

Björn Dahlstrom on Museé Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

Dedicated to the life and seminal work of the celebrated fashion designer Yves Saint...
5th Apr 18

In Conversation with Athi-Patra Ruga

Athi-Patra Ruga was born in 1984 in the Transkei, growing up between the former,...
2nd Mar 18

Dotun Popoola: Irin Ajo

Born in 1981, Nigerian artist Dotun Popoola holds a national diploma in painting and...
22nd Feb 18

Digital Art, Design and Africa

Since the 1970s, the world has been engulfed in a wave of computer technology....
6th Feb 18

Rom Isichei

This interview with the leading Nigerian contemporary artist, Rom Isichei, is the second in...
6th Feb 18

Victor Ehikhamenor

What inspires your incredible passion for the arts? Pretty much everything inspires me, by...
6th Feb 18

FNB Joburg Art Fair

What informs the focus of this year’s fair on East Africa? This is the...
6th Feb 18

Interview with Nkiruka Oparah

Tell me about you. I’m a first generation Nigerian, born in Los Angeles and...
6th Feb 18

Interview with Modupe Fadugba

Using my creative sight to sort of rationalize why people would choose to present...
5th Feb 18

Interview with Choumali

The process is like I usually have an idea or a feeling that I...
5th Feb 18

MaÏmouna Gueressi

Many describe you as an African artist and your work as African, largely because...
5th Feb 18

Kimathi Donkor

Kimathi Donkor was born in England. He received his B.A. in Fine Art from...
5th Feb 18

Ruby Onyiyechi Amanze

Born in Nigeria, ruby onyinyechi amanze grew up in the United Kingdom before moving...
5th Feb 18

Nifemi Marcus-Bello

Nifemi Marcus-Bello is a product and furniture designer based in Lagos, Nigeria. With every...
5th Feb 18

The Art of Story Telling

Train up a child in the way he should go…This age long saying has...
5th Feb 18

Sustaining Traditions

Jadesola Folawiyo is a product designer who makes home ware using materials like ceramic,...
5th Feb 18

Raising the Bar

How challenging has it been as a female film director and producer working in...
5th Feb 18

The Real Deal

Greg Odutayo is a leading producer/director based in Nigeria. He is the owner and...
5th Feb 18

Thriving in a Male-Dominated Industry

Filmmaker/director par excellence, Remi Vaughan-Richards says she enjoys using drama as a tool to...
2nd Feb 18

Using Documentary to Impact Africa Positively

You co-founded and are presently Executive Director of IREPRESENT International Documentary Film Forum, “an...
2nd Feb 18

Making Faces

Until now, special effect makeup practitioners were not given much recognition in the Nigerian...
2nd Feb 18

Leading Lady

Kemi ‘Lala!’ Akindoju is a graduate of Insurance from the University of Lagos and...
2nd Feb 18

A Fine Gentle Man: O.C Ukeje

Okechukwu Chukwudi Ukeje, better known as O. C Ukeje, is Nigerian actor, model and...
2nd Feb 18

A Legend of the Reel

When you were at about 19 years old, you left Nigeria for England to...
2nd Feb 18

Nigerian Film as an Art

The largest film industry in Africa is the Nigerian cinema, better known as Nollywood....
2nd Feb 18

Joburg’s Popular Outdoor Fair Returns with a Twist

In November 2010, Artlogic produced the first Sanlam FoodWineDesign Fair on the rooftop of...
2nd Feb 18

Christian Sulger-Buel

You own a large and important collection of art spanning 35 years. What inspired...
2nd Feb 18

Microcron Begins – The Epitome of Truth

You have lived in Germany since 1986, why Germany? Well, I never wanted to leave...
2nd Feb 18

October Gallery

October Gallery was founded in 1979 and was the first gallery in the UK...
2nd Feb 18

Making a Case for Nigerian Art

Kavita Chellaram, owner of Arthouse Contemporary, a leading auction house in Lagos, is conceivably...
2nd Feb 18

As Photography Gains a Foothold on the Nigerian Market

Arguably, the first time photography was offered for sale at an auction in Nigeria...
1st Feb 18

Arthouse Contemporary Auction Preview

Two unique Ben Enwonwu sculptures lead the Arthouse Contemporary sale of modern and contemporary...
1st Feb 18

London: African Art takes Centre Stage

Touria, daughter of renowned artist Hassan El Glaoui may have chosen to start her...
1st Feb 18

Building an African Franchise

Ross Douglas started his career guiding and managing camps in the Okavango Delta in...
1st Feb 18

Soulful Singer Mary Akpa in Harmattan Colours

Born in Nigeria and raised in Southern California, Mary Akpa brings a blend of grounded...
26th Jan 18

Design is the Personality of an Idea

Held at Ford Foundation in the exclusive suburb of Banana Island in Ikoyi; ‘Design...
23rd Jan 18

Elisabeth Sutherland on Her Art and Belief In the Afterlife

Please tell me a little bit about your background and how you got into...
4th Jan 18

Dabira, in Support of African Fashion and Design

Charlotte Ashamu started her career as an international trade specialist at the Whitaker Group...
27th Nov 17

On Negritude, on Enwonwu, on SAWilliams

I am approaching the subject matter from a fluid and a dualistic position, exploring...
10th Nov 17

Ascension, a Revival of the Traditional

The word ‘ascension’ connotes first, the mystical belief in many religions that certain rare...
27th Aug 17

Of Being Present: Boundaries and Zones of Transition

Founded by curator, Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, SMO Contemporary Art’s commitment to provoking critical discourse...
7th Jul 17

Bubbles of Emotion

Thirty three works mainly in sculpted steel and incorporating mechanical parts are the subject...
17th Jun 17

Hannah O’Leary

Hannah O’Leary holds a Master’s degree in History of Art with Cultural Anthropology from...
2nd May 17

The Language of Fashion

Vivacious Nigerian linguist, Ogochukwu Akabogu founded one of the more familiar brands on the...
16th Mar 17

The Realm of Freedom

Alongside an exemplary career spanning over 3 decades as a teacher, Raqib Bashorun has...
5th Mar 17

Against the Craze for Foreign Goods

Fast-rising ceramist May Okafor holds a Bachelors degree in Fine and Applied Arts, as...
27th Feb 17

Atong Atem’s Migrant Narratives

Atong Atem is a South Sudanese artist and writer living in Narrm/Melbourne. Her work...
23rd Feb 17

Ask the Curator: Uche Okpa-Iroha

Leading contemporary photographer and curator Uche Okpa-Iroha holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in...
3rd Feb 17

Towards an Increased Appreciation of Video Art

Oyinda Fakeye is a founding member and director of the Video Art Network (VAN)...
30th Jan 17

Fractures, A Tale of Power, Conflict and Desire

“Fractures is very relevant now, as the production shows how our cultural values and...
28th Jan 17

Dismantling Stereotypes of the Strong Black Woman

Second generation Ghanaian artist Heather Agyepong earned a BSC in Applied Psychology from the...
26th Jan 17

Towards a Shared History: Abass Kelani

Award–winning Nigerian artist, Abass Kelani is a firm fixture on the Lagos art circuit...
24th Jan 17

On Identity, Femininity and Politics

A graduate of Birmingham City University’s Visual Communication programme, Juliana Kasumu’s photography is woven...
19th Jan 17

Jeremiah Quarshie and His Yellow Kegs

Ghanaian artist, Jeremiah Quarshie’s hyper realistic paintings explore the boundaries between physical and digital...
17th Jan 17

The Poetics of Clay

Ranti Bamgbala was born in Lagos and raised in London. She received an MA...
13th Jan 17

Ndidi Emefiele: My Home, My Inspiration

From an early age, Ndidi Emefiele knew she wanted to become an artist, and...
5th Jan 17

The Contextual Textiles of Zohra Opoku

Zohra Opoku is a German/Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Accra. With a...
30th Dec 16

Niger Delta through Akintunde Akinleye’s Lens

Lagos-based photojournalist, Akintunde Akinyele in 2007 became the first Nigerian to win the prestigious...
27th Dec 16

Jess Castlelotte on Collecting Nigerian Art

Lagos-based Spanish architect Jess Castellote started out in Nigeria as a project manager as...
23rd Dec 16

Inside the New Look AAF with Azu Nwagbogu

Established in 2007, African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) aims to encourage the highest standard of...
21st Dec 16

Gallery Profile: Tiwani Contemporary

Tiwani Contemporary was founded in 2011. The gallery exhibits and represents international emerging and...
4th Dec 16

On Insanity and On Perfection

At first glance, the title of the exhibition “Insanity” connotes depictions of several individuals...
4th Dec 16

Delta Bush Refineries and Other Stories

Seventy-five images of the problem-plagued Niger-Delta, captured by the lens of leading Nigerian photojournalist...
3rd Dec 16

Portia Zvavahera’s Dream Inspired Art

Portia Zvavahera is a contemporary Zimbabwean artist. Born in Juru, Zimbabwe, she lives in...
2nd Dec 16

The Exchange from Change

“The exchange of change remains the internally generated funds from agriculture and art and...
30th Nov 16

On Art, the Environment and Sustainability With Papa Omotayo

Papa Omotayo is a RIBA qualified, graduate of the University of Cardiff (UK) Welsh...
16th Nov 16

Falana Uncovered

Nigerian-Canadian singer-songwriter Falana was raised in Brampton, Canada, where she developed an interest in...
19th Aug 16

Studio Visit: Rom Isichei

This interview with the leading Nigerian contemporary artist, Rom Isichei, is the third in...
4th Aug 16

Studio Visit: Victor Ehikhamenor

Victor Ehighale Ehihkamenor was born in Udomi-Uwessan in Edo State, Nigeria. He is a...
30th Jul 16

Studio Visit: Bob-Nosa Uwagboe

In the third in a series of studio visits with leading contemporary artists from...
27th Jul 16

Studio Visit: Ebenezer Akinola

Leading contemporary painter Ebenezer Akinola well known for his large-scale portraits was born in...
22nd Jun 16

Kunle Adeyemi: Inspiring Environmental Sustainability

Award-winning Kunle Adeyemi is an advocate of employing architecture to provide sustainable solutions to...
22nd May 16

As Told by Lisa

Ankara is made up of 100% cotton textiles and was originally produced in Nigeria then...
15th May 16

In Conversation with Nandipha Mntambo

Nandipha Mntambo is a South African contemporary artist who has become famous for her...
13th May 16

In Conversation with Somi

You are an American by birth but of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. You have...
5th May 16

In Conversation with Ebisan Rewane Damola

Ebisan Damola has enjoyed composing and performing since an early age of 8, drawing...
27th Apr 16

Upclose with Kachi Irondi

Kachi Irondi started out studying art at the University of Worcester. In her second...
26th Apr 16

Evolving Currents: A Conversation Between Raqib Bashorun and Chika Idu

“Things are either devolving toward, or evolving from, nothingness.”- Leonard Koren Evolving Currents is...
5th Apr 16

Ranti: Adding a Classical Touch

Versatility best describes this Chicago-born classical singer, Ranti Ihimoyan. Selected as one of the...
4th Apr 16

Wale Ojo: Icon of the Screen

Wale Ojo has come a long way from a child actor to one of...
28th Mar 16

Remi Vaughan-Richards: Playing the Boss

Filmmaker/director par excellence, Remi Vaughan-Richards says she enjoys using drama as a tool to...
26th Mar 16

Femi Odugbemi: Playing the Boss

A filmmaker extraordinaire, Femi Odugbemi is also a screenwriter, cinematographer, director, photographer and producer....
26th Mar 16

Temi Dollface on Travel and Leisure

Singer/songwriter and composer Temitope Samantha Phil-Ebosie fondly known as Temi Dollface, is one of Nigeria’s...
18th Mar 16

In Conversation with Attilah Springer

Attillah Springer, better known as DJ Tillah Willah is a Trinidad-born writer, environmental activist...
11th Mar 16

As Photography Gains a Foothold on the Nigerian Market

Arguably, the first time photography was offered for sale at an auction in Nigeria was...
16th Feb 16

Patti Boulaye Receives OBE from HRH Prince Charles

On Friday, January 29, Nigerian-British singer Patti Boulaye received the award of Officer of...
2nd Feb 16

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett Turns 75

On Wednesday February 3, internationally acclaimed Nigerian actress, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett will mark her 75th birthday...
1st Feb 16

Yet Another Place

Omenka Gallery is proud to present Yet Another Place by Richardson Ovbiebo, one of...
28th Nov 15

In Conversation with Wura-Natasha Ogunji

Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a performance and visual artist who works in a variety of...
20th Nov 15

Ask the Curator: Bisi Silva

Founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Bisi Silva has...
10th Nov 15

Gary Stephens: Documenting Moments of Nigerian History

South African-based American artist, Gary Stephens works in a variety of media including painting,...
5th Sep 15

In Conversation with Jadesola Folawiyo

Jadesola Folawiyo is a product designer who makes home ware using materials like ceramic,...
23rd May 15

Tayo Shonekan: Engineering High Fashion

Tayo Shonekan is a leading Lagos- based fashion designer and a stylist. She got...
23rd May 15

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material

The exhibition Form, Heft, Material continues at haus der kunst, and is the most extensive career...
6th May 15

The Auction Room Records Impressive Results at its 4th African Art Sale

The Auction Room’s fourth African Contemporary & Modern Art Sale saw healthy bidding from collectors across...
16th Apr 15

A State of Mind

The canvases are masterfully crafted by the painter’s sure and steady hand. The seamless...
21st Mar 15

In Conversation with Joel Mpah Dooh

Could you share your background including family, childhood and education? I was born in...
9th Dec 14

Book review: Art as an Investment?

Three weeks ago, we brought you the first in two part series of a...
6th Oct 14

Duke Asidere: The Artist and His Muse

Duke Asidere: The Artist and His Muse, … an unlikely title for an exhibition...
5th Oct 14

Book review: Art as an Investment?

This week, we will be bringing to you the first in our book review...
15th Sep 14

Ben Enwonwu: Twenty Years On…

Twenty years after his death, Professor Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE (1917-94) remains one of...
10th Sep 14

Artist Dossier: Irma Stern

In continuation of our analyses of well-recognized Nigerian and African artists, this week, we...
1st Sep 14

Artist dossier: Malick Sidibé

Last week, we analyzed auction results for celebrated Nigerian artist, Yusuf Grillo, taking a...
11th Aug 14

An Artist’s Dossier: Yusuf Grillo

The term, ‘old masters’ generally refers to the most recognized European artists—mostly painters, working...
4th Aug 14

A Short Guide to Collecting Art

Last week, on Art as an Alternative Investment, we took a look at the...
21st Jul 14

Art as an Alternative Investment.

Welcome to my column, Art as an Alternative Investment. Here you will find the...
14th Jul 14

Review: Lagos Auctions, 1st Half 2014

Hopes were high at Arthouse’s May 5 sale that Ben Enwonwu’s 2-year old record...
18th May 14

Enwonwu’s Princes of Mali Tops Pre-sales Estimates at Bonhams

International auction house, Bonhams will once again on May 21, hold Africa Now, its yearly...
2nd May 14

Book Review: By Hassan Hajjaj

By Hassan Hajjaj is a short collection of critical essays on the life and work of the...
24th Apr 14

In Conversation with Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko

It’s been two years since leading contemporary Nigerian photographer, Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko had her last...
23rd Apr 14

Duke Asidere: Shaping Society through Art

Nigerian artist, Duke Asidere is by far one of the most exciting painters on...
19th Apr 14

June Givanni: Pan African Cinema Archive

June Givanni has been embedded in the world of Pan African cinema since the...
14th Apr 14

In Conversation with Chili Hawes, Elisabeth Lalouschek, and Ella Philips

October Gallery was founded in 1979 and was the first gallery in the UK...
17th Feb 14

Networks and Voids: Modern Interpretations of Nigerian Hairstyles and Headdresses

The Omenka Gallery is proud to present Networks and Voids, Modern Interpretations of Nigerian...
5th Oct 13

Matter as Metaphor

Omenka Gallery is proud to present the exhibition Matter as Metaphor, at the 6th...
4th Sep 13

Matter as Metaphor: The Art of Nnenna Okore

Raised in Nsukka, Nigeria, Nnenna Okore has emerged as one of the foremost artists...
4th Sep 13

The Rising Value of Nigerian Art

The auct ion room erupted with applause when the hammer came down at the...
11th May 13

Adeola Balogun in Conversation with Oliver Enwonwu

Who is Adeola Balogun? I was born in 1966 in Ota, Ogun State. I...
3rd May 13

The Emerging Secondary Art Market in Nigeria

The 21 ” century has witnessed a new focus on African art on t...
11th Apr 13

Convergence

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist...
15th Dec 12

In Conversation with Gary Stephens

Who is Gary Stephens? He is an American artist from Yuma, Arizona. An optimistic...
4th Nov 12

The Triumph of Creativity and Courage

‘I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have...
5th Oct 12

Man and Machine

Relatively young, Nigerian award-winning artist, Kelani Abass (b.1979) is already a firm fixture on...
5th Nov 11

State of Inertia

Jefferson Jonahan’s exhibition titled State of Inertia will open to the public from October...
5th Oct 11

Evolving through Waste

Raqib Bashorun is amongst the most prominent contemporary artists working in Nigeria today. His...
5th Oct 11