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Augmented Curiosities: Virtual Play in African Pasts and Futures

A virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experience in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies

Idubor Bust (1955) - Nigeria

This bust was carved from a single piece of wood by renowned Nigerian contemporary sculptor Felix Idubor.

Dr. Antawan Byrd - NU Faculty : Art History

Idubor Bust: Literature

Felix Idubor (1928 - 1991) is one of the most renowned contemporary sculptors of Nigeria. At the age of 23, Idubor moved to Lagos where he began selling wood carvings to traders. Soon after, he moved to England to study at Royal College of Art London. Idubor is credited with establishing the first official art gallery in Nigeria (the Idubor Gallery of Arts) and the innovation of a new method of casting bronze sculptures and rough textured carvings. He was actively involved in the organization of the second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) which was held in Lagos in 1977. Idubor's work, especially his carved doors, achieved international fame and collection.