Artist Viktor Ekpuk discovered that the symbols of the Nsibidi script could function as a form of abstraction — a way to reduce ideas to their essence.
Liberal establishment darling David Frum mocks repatriation efforts as a “ritual of self-purification through purgation.”
The question remains: Is an African museum, designed by an African architect, capable of undoing the institutional violence that it has inherited?
The institution says it will return most of the 39 artifacts in its collection to Nigeria for eventual display at the Benin City National Museum.
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.