Each year we are moved to commment on the growth and success of certain industries under the umbrella of th arts. One that distinctly comes to mind is the evolution of the African film industry, often referred to as Nollywood.

So moved by this evolutionary change, Nigerian artist Iké Udé, has devoted his latest collection, Nollywood Portraits: A Radical Beauty, to documenting  it.

img_3221In a rather poetic way, Udé has inserted this series into the classic artistic canon, using Raphael’s School of Athens as his muse. Theologians like  Aristotle, Pythagoras, Plato and Socrates are replaced with actors like Kunle Afolayan, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Stephanie Okereke and Genevieve Nnaji.img_3222

“Nollywood is that important…It is this huge, immeasurable cultural force—and phenomenal—originating from Africa and authored by and for Africans and inevitably for the world. Nollywood is perhaps the best thing out of Africa since the Pyramids, the Pharaohs, the Queens and Obelisks.” – Udé to Okay Africa.

We are truest in awe of this series. We cannot wait to see more from him and the Nollywood market in the coming year.img_3223

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