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The Missing Nigerian Masterpiece Recovered In a London Apartment Just Sold for Over 1.6 Million Dollars

Ben Enwonwu's famous 1974 paining has sold for a record-breaking price.

Earlier this month, we reported on the finding of Ben Enwonwu's masterpiece "Tutu," which had been uncovered in a "modest" London flat, after having gone missing for almost 25 years.

At the time, the paining was going for $400,000 making if the most valued piece of Nigerian art. Today, "Tutu" went up for auction at Bonhams in London , and it shattered estimations by selling for a record-setting 1.6 million dollars (1.2 million pounds).


Ben Okri called the discovery of the work as "the most significant discovery in contemporary African art in over 50 years."

Considered "The Father of Nigerian Modernism," Ben Enwonwu's 1974 painting "Tutu" was a nationally embraced symbol of reconciliation following the end of the Biafran War.

Here's the story of how the painting came to be, via CNN.

Enwonwu was walking in the Nigerian countryside when he met a beautiful young woman whom he just had to paint, according to Bonhams auction house in London. Her name is Adetutu Ademiluyi, abbreviated as Tutu, and she was a princess in her city of Ife in south-western Nigeria.

The paining along with two other versions by Enwonwu went missing back in 1994. The whereabouts of the other two paintings remain unknown.

The identity of the buyer has yet to be disclosed.

Photo by Jacques Stander/Gallo Images via Getty Images.

Op-Ed: Opening South Africa's Churches Amid COVID-19 Will Result in More Deaths

Churches get away with a lot in this country and now is as good a time as any to put an end to that.

It was a day like any other at the Global Reconciliation Church in the Free State province. Congregants were gathering for a prayer event which no doubt included praying about what was then an impending 21-day national lockdown due to COVID-19. What no-one had anticipated however, was that five tourists who had already tested positive for the coronavirus, would come into contact with an estimated 1600 other congregants––three of whom have since died as a result.

One gathering, three deaths. This is what South Africans pushing the government to open places of worship, seem to forget. And while the government has remained steadfast in the face of very public backlash following a number of tough decisions during this national lockdown, it seems that churches may just prove to be their kryptonite.

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Jahëna Louisin’s Debut Short Film, ‘28 jours,’ is an Homage to Black Fatherhood

Troubled by portrayal of Black fathers in mainstream media, the Haitian-Reunionese filmmaker set out to make a film about loss and humanity.

"Cinema Africa" is your guide to African film. Writer Ciku Kimeria is highlighting new movies and documentaries that tell fascinating stories or questioning prevailing narratives and occasionally returning to the classics that paved the way for a new generation of filmmakers.

28 jours (28 days) the debut short film from a Lome raised, Haitian-Reunionese filmmaker, Jahëna Louisin is the story of a widower and his eleven year old daughter going through an interesting stage in her transition to womanhood—her first period. As they grapple with the brutal loss of his wife and her mother, the two find themselves confronting this life-changing moment on their own.

On a call with the call with the first-time filmmaker hunkered down in Lome, Togo, we discuss her debut film that won the Togolese edition of the "7 jours pour 1" film award and was this year's official selection for an international fiction film at the largest North American film festival focusing on films from Africa and the diaspora, Vues D'Afrique in Canada.

Read our conversation below.

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Watch the New Trailer for Michaela Coel's Upcoming Show 'I May Destroy You'

The highly-anticipated show, which tackles dating and sexual consent, is coming to HBO next month.

Michaela Coel shares the new extended trailer for her upcoming HBO series I May Destroy You, after releasing the teaser last month.

The highly-anticipated series boldly tackles dating sexual consent, through the story of its protagonist Arabella (Coel), whose life is forever changed after she becomes the victim of having been given a date rape drug.

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Watch the Adorable Trailer for The Gambia's First Animated Series

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