Museum director Johnnetta Betsch Cole and deputy director Christine Mullen Kreamer spent last February 14–16 in London to attend several high-profile events celebrating the best and the brightest in modern and contemporary African art. To begin, they participated in the Ben Enwonwu Centenary Dinner at Bonhams’ headquarters. The dinner marked the one-hundred-year anniversary of the birth of Ben Enwonwu, one of Nigeria’s most celebrated artists. Collectors, curators, and market professionals connected with modern African art gathered to toast Enwonwu’s incredible legacy, including co-host Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, SOAS director Baroness Valerie Amos, the Nigerian Acting High Commissioner His Excellency Simon Ogah, and contemporary African artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.
Drs. Cole and Kreamer also stopped by The Hub near London’s South Bank for an event co-hosted by international law firm Hogan Lovells and the Africa Centre. The evening highlighted Ghanaian photographer Juliana Kasumu and her photographic series exploring the history of the head-tie from Mali to New Orleans. Dr. Cole gave brief remarks and Jally Kebba Susso performed live.