Nigerian artist Babajide Olatunji had a private viewing of his new work in Ikoyi, Lagos. Babajide who is a self-taught artist came into limelight with his intriguing tribal mark series. His remarkable drawings are photorealistic.
Thomas Mapfumo says Zimdancehall artists need the Queen’s grammar book or else they will forever be stuck in the ghetto of the music world. But Stanely Mushava says, the Chimurenga guru might want to nuance his criticism of young dancehallers a bit.
Amos Tutuola has contributed significantly to the resilience of ways of life and worldviews that could easily have disappeared under the weight of colonialism, globalisation and the market economy.
The South African film Inxeba is now streaming on Netflix a remarkable feat. Inxeba is the first and only South African film to be watched on Netflix. The controversial film which tells the story of initiation, circumcision, masculinity and manhood has set tongues wagging for its depiction of the sacred Xhosa initiation rite.
Art X Lagos is one of West Africa’s premier art fairs, exposing a wide range of people to original artworks. But despite its accomplishments, the fair has one fatal flaw: the very Nigerian tendency to prioritise the VIP guests, to the frustration of ‘regular’ attendees, writes Alithnayn Abdulkareem