Although the tradition of Mbari houses can never be revived, their rich history and broader influence on modernism in Africa is profound.
Critics note that the Met has failed to address the hundreds of other works from Benin that remain in its collection.
Nigeria’s business leaders will have to give generously; politicians will have to put rivalries aside; and contemporary artists will have to embrace the project.
Thousands of objects were looted from present-day Nigeria by British troops in a punitive mission in 1897.
John Amanam began crafting impressive replicas of human body parts after his brother lost part of his hand, and has served nearly 200 customers in two years.
A comic artist speaks to artists across the world to see how they — and their practices — have been holding up.
Thousands of Nigerians have protested against a federal police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which is accused of brutality and abuse of power.
Social media has come to the defense of Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart, which was disqualified from competing in the newly renamed category of Best International Feature Film, formerly known as the Best Foreign Language Film.
Emmanuel Macron’s decision is a gesture of goodwill, but these objects comprise just 0.5 percent of the objects requested for restitution by the West African country.
Every city has its own sounds, its distinct murmur and roar of voices and traffic.
When a dozen weather-worn wood sculptures from southeastern Nigeria debuted in a Paris gallery in 1974, they were radically different from any African art that had been exhibited in the West.
In January, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi caused a stir when he stepped out in a pin-striped suit emblazoned with his own name.