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Adepegba, Cornelius Oyeleke

Date born:

January 1, 1941

Place born:

Date died:

January 1, 2002

Place died:

Ibadan, Oyo State , Nigeria


Historian of Nigerian art and director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. Adepegba attended graduate school at Indiana University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1976 in art history under the supervision of Roy Sieber (q.v.). He pursued an active research agenda writing on a range of Nigerian art topics. His over 40 works include a paper on Nok terracottas, the Yoruba concept of art, and contemporary Nigerian art. His books include Nigerian Art: Its Traditions and Modern Tendencies (1995), Yoruba Metal Sculpture (1991), and Decorative Arts of the Fulani Nomads (1986). He received several fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship (1993-94), a senior fellowship at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art (2002-3) and a Getty Collaborative Grant (2002-3). He was known for his intellectual energy, academic integrity, and wry sense of humor.

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Sources: [obituary:] Professor C.O. Adepegba [H-AFRARTS@H-NET.MSU.EDU posting Friday, October 04, 2002 Elisha Renne


Bibliography:Nigerian Art : Its Traditions and Modern Tendencies. Ibadan: Jodad, 1995; Osogbo: Model of Growing African Towns. Ibadan: Institute of African Studies, 1995; Yoruba Metal Sculpture. Ibadan: Ibadan University Press, 1991; “A Nigerian treasure in Ibadan: the Museum of the Institute of African Studies, Nigeria.” Museum International 46 no3 (1994): 42-5.