"ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA is your destination to build your knowledge about the origin, use and distinguishing features of African art pieces"

Yoruba Proverb: Ogbon dùn-ún gbon; ìmo dùn-ún mo | Wisdom and knowledge are good things to have ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA’s mission is to connect art collectors with the world’s leading dealers and scholars, based on a foundation of knowledge; knowledge about the origin, use and distinguishing features of listed pieces. We aim to give collectors unprecedented access to objects, research, cultures and people that matter in African art.


Born in Japan, raised in Hong Kong & Nigeria, residing in the UK and fortunate enough to have travelled extensively as an adult – I have seen some wonderful cultures, and as such have been exposed to art, history and people from around the world. This helped nurture an artistic interest I’ve had for many years.

More recently I began collecting art-pieces from West Africa, one of which was a pair of antique Benin bronze leopard aquamaniles. Convinced at the time I had purchased an authentic gem, I later realised these were fake. This revelation led to the idea for ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA, a resource that collectors can use to help better understand the distinguishing features of different antique pieces, in the hope that they might avoid acquiring fakes themselves.
Chief Technology Officer

Born in England, raised in England, residing in… England and fortunate enough to be married to a woman who has extensively travelled the world, I too have seen lots of amazing art. My passion however lies in technology. The creation of something from nothing (you could argue this is a form of modern art). I take ideas and implement them, a problem-solver if you will.

When Adenike needs a new mobile-friendly website for her passion, new navigation menu items, a fancy new animation on the homepage or the ability to lazy-load images across parts of her shiny new site, I’m the man for the job! I also ‘consult’ on technology as a whole (which hosting, what CMS, which caching technology, how do I reboot my machine?) along with assisting on the marketing / media side… I guess the last 10 years working in advertising wasn’t a complete waste of time then!


Suzanne Preston Blier

Huib Blom

Ilaria Pol Bodetto

Sandro Capo Chichi

Herbert M. Cole

Kathryn Cua

Deborah Dainese

Kevin D. Dumouchelle

James Green

Dr. Stephan Herkenhoff

Leif Birger Holmstedt

Rachel Kabukala

Susan Kloman

Aurore Krier-Mariani

Keiron LeVine

Theophilus Marboah

Pierre Mollfulleda

John Warne Monroe

Constantine Petridis

Elio Revera

Ethan Rider

Srdjan Sremac

Joris Visser

Hermione Waterfield

Louis T. Wells

Molara Wood

David Zemanek

What People are Saying

"I would love to take this time to thank you for amazing art and information. They've helped me really understand the meaning behind each art piece. I find your website absolutely stunning!"

Amy, United States

"Wow, thank you for sharing such knowledge about our dear culture. Honestly, I have never been so inspired in my life! Thank you for your hard work and devotion."

Meyong, France

"The Internet is a great thing! I just found your website and browsed through it. It looks very good; real objects are listed and it's very easy to use."

Guy, Belgium

"WOW!!! What an amazing upgrade! This has instantly catapulted ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA into being one of the most helpful single site resources available on the web. Congratulations and many thanks."

Edwin, United Kingdom

"Just wanted to drop a quick line to say thank you. I have recently discovered your website: it's incredible. The overall quality is very high, and I like that you make African art accessible, younger and more feminine. Also, Kudos to your husband, because the layout and overall feeling is slick! Your website is a great inspiration to me. Anyway, thanks a lot and long live ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA!"

Luc, France

"I think your website is an amazing resource, not just for collectors & historians, but for story-tellers looking for inspiration and/or reference materials for their art."

Ade, Canada

"ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA is a great site for African art."

Skip, United States

"Congrats! Yours is one of the few credible and well researched African art resources I have come across recently."

Craig, United States

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