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Nigerian Hybrid Culture through the eyes of 10 emerging artists
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Williams Chechet, Sani One Blow, 2016
Williams Chechet, Sani One Blow, 2016

There is historical evidence that the Portuguese were present on the west coast of Africa in the 15th Century. Present day Nigeria fell under British Rule in the 19th century with the official protectorate signed only in 1901.

What happens to people’s identity and culture after at least six centuries of international trade,

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Monthly round up: A look back at October
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Charles White, Nobody Knows My Name
Charles White, Nobody Knows My Name, Swann Galleries Catalogue

As expected, Frieze London prompted a host of activities and exhibition previews that made for a very hectic month. Elsewhere, from New York to Washington to Lagos, the global African Art calendar has been filled with events and significant achievements. Here is a recap of October to help you keep track of all the major news you may have missed.

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This weekend, Lagos became the beating heart of Contemporary African Art
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Artist Alimi Adewale in front of his paintings, Courtesy Arthouse Contemporary, ART X Lagos
Artist Alimi Adewale in front of his paintings, Courtesy Arthouse Contemporary, ART X Lagos 2018

Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city and the country’s economic centre. With its 21 million inhabitants, Lagos is also one of the fastest growing cities in the world and has become the capital of African Fashion with its popular Lagos Fashion week.

Now, the dynamic city is undergoing yet another transformation, turning into the beating heart of Contemporary African Art on the continent.

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On memory, representation & archive, in conversation with Ishola Akpo
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Ishola Akpo, Daibi Series, 2018
Ishola Akpo, Daibi Series. Image Courtesy of the Artist

In 2007 Ishola Akpo received an unexpected email from Fondation AfricAméricA. He was invited, as an artist, to attend the “Transcultural Forum of Contemporary Art” in Haiti in 2008.

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The Masters dominate Sotheby’s African Art Auction
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Modern and Contemporary African Art Auction at Sotheby's
Modern and Contemporary African Art Auction at Sotheby’s – October 2018

Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art auction became a bi-annual event this year. For this second auction of the year, 70 artworks (out of the 99 selected) were sold for a total of £ 2,274,625,

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Highlights of the 6th edition of 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair
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Ibrahim El Salahi, Meditation Tree, Courtyard Installation, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Ibrahim El Salahi, Meditation Tree, Courtyard Installation, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

The courtyard installation for the 154 Art fair at Somerset house has become a feature in its own right, setting the pace for what lies ahead within the walls of the age-old building.

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African Art in the City: your ultimate guide to fairs & exhibitions this month
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African Art events Scheduled in London
African Art events Scheduled in London

Welcome to the most important art week of the year. Frieze is upon us, and London is awash with art events. The City is also temporary transformed into the pulsating global centre of Contemporary African Art with the upcoming auction at Bonhams and Sotheby’s. Here is your guide to the main African Art events scheduled in London during Frieze week and the month of October.

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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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