Traditional Sculptor, Lamidi Olonade Fakeye, at work, Ibadan, Nigeria. Circa: 1970.

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Lamidi Olonade Fakeye | African art, Art, African artists

Born in 1928 at Ila Orangun, Lamidi O. Fakeye took to woodcarving early and naturally, for the Fakeyes are renowned woodcarvers. In this autobiography, Fakeye writes a beguilingly conversational account of his peripatetic childhood, his fortuitous meeting with Father Kevin Carroll in 1949, and his apprenticeship under master sculptor George Bamidele Arowoogun at the Oye-Ekiti workshop.

Fakeye’s association with the Catholics led to numerous prestigious commissions for doors, panels, posts, and statuary, and in 1960 to his first solo exhibition in Ibadan. Lamidi Fakeye died on December 25th, 2009 in Ile-Ife.

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