June 23, 2020
The okuku headdress, most notably associated with the royal women of the Benin kingdom, has in modern days become more popular with nonroyal women. Join Itohan Idumwonyi, Ph.D., professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, as she explores okuku’s significance in Benin dress culture and as a metaphor of representation, citizenship, and ethnic identification. She further argues that women’s re/creativity of okuku is a conceptual art and should be paralleled with the male-produced artwork such as Igun bronze casting.
Global Religions of Africa Speaker. - Beyond Aesthetics: Reflection on the Art of Okuku Headdress