True Love by Abe Odedina
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Abe Odedina, “True Love”, 2017

What is the happiest memory of your life? What is the most harrowing experience you have ever had? Have you ever stopped to mull over these questions? Probably not, these are meditative thoughts that people tend to dwell on late in life.

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12 African art fairs and auctions scheduled this year
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Sothebys African Art Auction
Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art auction in March 2018

Summer is over, and art exhibitions have restarted in earnest. The end of the year is shaping up to be a hectic time on the global African art calendar. A series of highly anticipated events are scheduled on the heels of Johannesburg art fair, held earlier this month.

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Omar Victor Diop: a photographic journey through black excellence and resilience
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Frederick Douglass, Omar Victor Diop, Diaspora Series
Frederick Douglass, Omar Victor Diop, Diaspora Series

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Photographer Omar Victor Diop’s first exhibition in London at Autograph ABP is a visual journey through the long and complex history of the black community’s fight for justice and equality throughout the world.

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Windrush: heartwarming images of a generation 70 years on.
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Picture: 'FOR THE MOTHER COUNTRY': GILBERT CLARK,
‘For the Mother Country’: Gilbert Clark, Jim Grove from windrushportraitofageneration.com

England was devastated after the WWII and was in dire need of labour to take part in the reconstruction effort. It naturally turned to what was still, back then, its colonies. On June 22nd, 1948, the “Empire Windrush” docked at Tilbury in Essex.

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London: The 13 African Art exhibitions you need to visit.
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Painting Fragile 3, Eddy Kamuanga Illunga, 2018.
Fragile 3, Eddy Kamuanga Illunga, 2018. Courtesy of October Gallery

After a long winter, the longer days have come at last to signal spring’s triumph.  Along with the colorful flowers, the 2018 spring/summer “collection” of artistic events has come out with an unmistakable Afrocentric, Caribbean vibe.

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Seeing the unseen through Àsìkò’s lenses
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Picture The Impact of, Asiko Ade
The Impact of, Àsìkò, 2018. Courtesy of Gallery of African Art (GAFRA)

I arrived early at the Gallery of African Art to take in the latest work of the photographer Àsìkò ahead of his scheduled talk with Eliza Anyangwe of The Nzinga Effect and the writer Sharon Obuobi (who also works in the modern and contemporary African art department at Sotheby’s).

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Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, connecting the dots between the past and the present.
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Fragile1 , Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, 2018,
Fragile 1 , Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, 2018, Courtesy of October Gallery

By the time artist Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga’s second solo show “Fragile Responsibility” opened at the October Gallery on Wednesday 9th May, it was nearly sold out.

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Can Ethiopian Children be the future guardians of their heritage?
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Golden Crown & Chalice, V&A Museum, from Maqdala Battle
The 18-carat Crown & Chalice, V&A Museum, from Maqdala exhibition

The scene is reminiscent of the famous museum scene in the Movie ‘Black Panther’. It’s April 14th, and we are in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum. An Ethiopian man presses his hands against a protective glass to see the treasures looted from his country 150 years ago – almost to the day.

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#WeAreNigerianCreatives, a dive into Nigerian bottomless creative well
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artwork by Marcellina Akpojotor
Left: Dear diary (Power Series) 2017, Marcellina Akpojotor (@Marcellina OA)

For the last 3 months, #WeAreNigerianCreatives has been trending on twitter lifting the veil on the creative wealth of the country.

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