ART OF NIGERIA

It’s Nigeria’s turn to take centre stage on ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA. Populated by over 130 million people, from an estimated 250+ ethnic groups.

Nigeria’s ethnic diversity influences the myriad of classic art works from the country.


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Exploring the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library

Preserving the Past, Capturing the Present, Inspiring the Future

Slated to open March 2017, the first Presidential Library in Africa will serve as a centre for the acquisition, preservation, and promotion of resources relating to the life, career and ideals of Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria (1999 – 2007). We get a sneak peek into the OOPL African art collection.


Ere Ibeji

A Mother's Love is Never Lost

Carved upon the death of one or more children from a set of twins, these Nigerian carvings provide a metaphysical conduit between the living mother and those deceased, ensuring a balance of souls. These surrogates are treated as a living child would be: fed, cleaned, clothed and carried.


Obi Asika

Changing the African Narrative

Media & entertainment entrepreneur and Onitsha native, Obi Asika is steadfast in his campaign for the development of a new African narrative. Obi offers up his thoughts on what he believes is needed to drive up awareness of African culture and classic African art.


Agbogho Mmwo

Fame of Maidens

Agbogho mmwo helmet masks are used during annual ‘fame of maidens’ ceremonies to honour ancestors and the ideal characteristics of young women. The masquerade dances are used to educate young girls in what is believed to be ideal moral and physical beauty among the Igbo.


Femi Akinsanya

A Collection Built in Nigeria

The Akinsanya collection is comprised of hundreds of classic and traditional art from almost every ethnic group in Nigeria. The collection demonstrates the continued existence of important indigenous artworks in Nigeria.


Owo Protection

Honour the Ancestors

Found in the Owo region of Yorubaland, thought to embody the spirit of the ruling chief, osanmasinmi heads adorn ojupo ancestral altars and shrines of royals, chiefs and Yoruba leaders.