Africans Turn to Local Art: Five Artists to Watch

March 13, 2015 10:11 PM

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Africa’s lawyers and other professionals are battling each other these days—not in court but at auction houses. That’s good news for the continent’s young artists, who are watching prices on their artwork rise.

Recently, Lagos attorney Femi Lijadu took Uganda-born lawyer Samallie Kiyingi on an art tour of the Nigerian city. Now practicing in London, Ms. Kiyingi serves on the Tate museum’s African Acquisitions Committee. At a Lagos auction several days later, the two lawyers faced off over a bronze by the N...

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