Events

Crest mask

Crest mask

Afo peoples, Nigeria
20th Century
Wood, Abrus seeds, pigments
13 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.
(33.5 x 19.1 x 26.7 cm)
FAk 2009.53
Acquired from art dealer John Ada I

Anthropomorphic trumpets

Anthropomorphic trumpets

Tigon peoples (Tiduri, Adamawa), Nigeria, 20th Century, Wood, pigments

Beaded cape of Sango priest

Beaded cape of Sango priest

Yoruba peoples (Irawo), Nigeria, 20th Century, Glass beads, cloth, embroidery

Edan Ogboni (male/female pair)

Edan Ogboni (male/female pair)

Yoruba peoples (Ijebu-Igbo), Nigeria
20th Century
Bronze
24 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.
(62.2 x 19.1 x 22.2 cm)
FAk 2009.10
Acquired from art dealer Marufu Olalere

Female court attendant

Female court attendant

Edoid (collected from Owo)
19th-20th Century
Bronze
33 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.
(85.09 x 16.51 x 16.51 cm)
FAk 2009.33
Acquired from art dealer Marufu Olalere

Making History: The Collection of Olufemi Akinsanya

  • January 26, 2012

  • The Wheatbaker


Nigeria’s art collectors are making giant strides. This book launch is truly about Making History, as we celebrate Femi Akinsanya’s painstaking, multi-year project focused on cataloging and presenting the most exceptional pieces of his world class African art collection in collaboration with international scholar and curator, Professor Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, and acclaimed African art publisher–5 Continents Editions, Milan, with world-class photographs of artworks from the collection provided by Kelechi Amadi-Obi.

Stepping into Femi Akinsanya’s world is inspirational and moving. His museum quality treasures are displayed and showcased with excellent taste and meticulous care alongside superb examples of modern and contemporary Nigerian art. In his elegant and utterly self-effacing way, Femi has become an art expert in his own right, with a deep knowledge of the historical and cultural significance of his unique artworks whose origins span several hundred years. His keen understanding of traditional African art propels his commitment to documenting these unique treasures for future generations.

Exhibition Catalogue

FAAAC final catalog design jan 17