ABOUT


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, 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 traditional African art.

ADENIKE COSGROVE
Founder

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.

JONATHAN COSGROVE
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!

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 Hoang, 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

"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