Lagos: the booming art scene

West Africa’s new art destination is a sprawling megacity with a generation of artists, gallerists and collectors powering the scene. The demand for art has grown so much in recent years that auctions are popping up around the country.

And last year, the third annual Art X Lagos, West Africa’s first international art fair, drew more than 9,000 people — bank executives, government officials, as well as ordinary citizens who came to witness the Lagos Civic Center’s transformation into a gallery for a weekend. There were installations, paintings, photographs, record sleeves and sculptures.

At the same time, Bonhams, Sothebys, Christies and other renowned International Auction Houses are beginning to pay serious attention to Nigerian artists such as Toyin Ojih Odutola or Ade Adekola…

And the best is yet to come as in December, Eko Miami will be the premier International art fair dedicated solely to Contemporary African Art during Miami Art Week. This is the first time Africa will be taking centre stage at this global event which will host over 20 international art fairs, 1,500 galleries and over 15,000 artists among which the new Nigerian wave. Stay tuned!