‘Africa the new China when it comes to contemporary art’- Bonhams Rep

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by Azeezat Fadekemi Sulaiman


As Bonhams prepares for it’s 8th Africa Now auction at it’s New Bond Street auction house, it’s representatives have been swarming the continent’s nooks and cranies in the hunt for some of Africa’s most prized art or maybe just really all corners of Lagos.

“In some ways, Africa is the new China when it comes to art,”says Giles Peppiatt a Bonhams representative from London. Speaking to the Economic Times in Nigeria’s financial capital Lagos, Peppiatt says the auction house, one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious are “investing time, money and people to maintain their presence in the market.” And it makes sense. Lately works by African artists have gained much recognition with some going for as much as three million pounds, like Irma Stern’s  Arab Priest” (1945)  bought by the Qatar Museums Authority in 2011.

FELIX IDUBOR (Nigerian, 1928-1991) A family group of a man, woman and child. Photo: Bonhams/Africa Now

(Nigerian, 1928-1991)
A family group of a man, woman and child. Photo: Bonhams/Africa Now


Decades ago, African artists had little or no recognition in the international world with the exception of a few like Ben Enwonwu and El Anatsui, but now, art collectors from around the world are willing to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to get their hands on works by African artists.

Since Bonhams began the Africa Now auction in 2007, it’s seen a steady increase in interest in contemporary African art and it would seem that strategically positioning itself as a pioneering force in the promotion of African artists has made it the firm favourite with art collectors, but is Africa Now really representative of contemporary art on the continent? Commentators from renowned blog Africasacountry think not.

In an article by Orlando Reade, Bonhams is criticised for presenting art from sub-Saharan Africa as ‘African art’. Reade challenges the use of the term as he notes that most of the art in the auction were dominated by Nigerian artists and none of the works were by any African artist north of the Sahara. He goes on to say that “looking at the artists listed, you realise there is a distinct emphasis on the modern, and shockingly little idea about what the contemporary might look like in Africa. Heavy-looking sculptures and figurative paintings of women predominate.”

KOLADE OSHINOWO (Nigerian, born 1948) 'Sisters'. £4,000 - 6,000 €5,500 - 8,300. Photo: Bonhams/Africa Now 2015

(Nigerian, born 1948)
‘Sisters’. £4,000 – 6,000
€5,500 – 8,300. Photo: Bonhams/Africa Now 2015

As Bonhams opens it’s doors to the art world for it’s latest exhibition of African art with it’s latest offerings (some valued at up to £90, 000), it appears nothing much has changed on that front. A cursory look at the brochure showing the bidding lots up for grabs from the 18th of March shows a fair amount of works dominated by artists in sub Saharan Africa.

Perhaps this may be because apart from international collectors, a good number of art lovers snapping up Bonham’s offerings are wealthy Nigerian business men for obvious reasons. “Nigerian art collectors want a piece of their own culture and heritage and are prepared to invest in that,” says another Bonhams’ representative in Lagos, Neil Coventry, while speaking to the Economic Times.

“What’s fascinating is that these pieces are being found all over the world. In some cases they are coming back to Nigeria where they are valued and appreciated the most.”

Bonhams Africa Now auction takes place on the 20th of May at New Bond Street.


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Dr Sid and wife Simi Osomo share first photos of their new baby girl

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Dr Sid first shared the news that he and wife Simi Osomo were expecting a new addition to their family after the pair stepped out for the Africa Magic video awards last year and it appears their bundle of joy has now arrived!

The musician shared a photo on his instagram 2 days ago sharing the news with his thousands of followers.

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Dr Sid married his heartthrob at an exquisite ceremony last year. Congrats to them!

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Keke Palmer’s wardrobe is every fashionistas dream- we chart her top 10 looks

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Keke Palmer’s summer style game is so on point, she’s giving poor Olivia Pope a good run for her money. Filled with cool, colourful separates all thoughtfully and artfully paired together to create a casual, chic look that screams I’ve got sass, I’m fabulous and I darn well know it!!!


Keke Palmer looking smoking hot. Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

We can definitely get with that programme, Keke…bring it on.

Here are some of our favourite Keke fashion moments:

On a trip to FOX TV to promote her new film ‘Brotherly Love‘, Keke sports an orange 2 piece suit from ICB paired with a white crop top from Timo Weiland and shoes by Stuart Weitzman



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Keke looking chic in a Victoria Beckham dress and Stuart Witzman shoes.


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Casual chic: Keke in a Shirt by Wasteland Vintage Tee, trousers by Piazza Sempione and an Oroton clutch.


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One of our favourite looks for transitioning from spring to summer! Here’s the actress in a top by Opening Ceremony, trousers by Alexander McQueen and Lanvin shoes. 


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Boss lady- Keke taking over the fashion world in a top from Carven, trousers from Theory and Shoes from Christian Louboutin. 


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Blooming marvellous: Keke does summer beautifully in Shorts and blouse from House of Holland.


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Bringing sexy back in an a skirt by Alexander Wang, top and bando by Nasty Gal paired with shoes from Giuseppe Zanoti. 


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And for the ultimate summer look, try this one with the 21 year old in a bomber jacket, a bando and shorts paired with these Miu Miu metal top brogues.


Photo: Keke Palmer/Instagram

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UNBELIEVABLE – Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo Donates a HUGE $8m To The Nepalese Earthquake Appeal!

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As one of the world’s most successful and talented sports stars, Cristiano Ronaldo is almost constantly in the limelight. Known as a flashy and often selfish player, he has somewhat of a reputation for diving and bending rules to suit him. So, while almost unbelievably brilliant at soccer, the Real Madrid star isn’t always the best loved. But that might be about to change… He’s just donated an amazing $8m to Save The Children for their Nepal earthquake mission. Pretty amazing, huh? Ronaldo The Portuguese star has a real history of kindness and generosity, though. He has his own charities and foundations and donated a significant amount of money to help rebuild Indonesia after 2004’s devastating tsunami and earthquake there. Not only that, last year Ronaldo was asked to donate items to help out in raising $83,000 to pay for a much-needed operation for a 10 month old baby. He not only gave the family a signed shirt and boots but even paid for the entire operation!

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