It was to be expected that this great country, situated at the cultural fulcrum of the West Coast and spanning environments of many kinds between the coastal rain forests and the northern deserts should prove to be almost a cultural microcosm of the continent. By this reckoning it should yield its share of antiquities, yet it has done vastly more than this. When the contributions of all other African countries are added together, they indeed illumine certain by-ways of artistic history, but in Nigeria alone can we discern the mainstream of artistic development through two millennia and more. Of all the known works of sculpture of which we can safely attribute an age of a century, probably at least nine tenths are Nigerian, moreover this preponderance seems to continuously increase as more and more antiquities come to our knowledge on and under the Nigerian soil.
‘Nigerian Images’, William Fagg, the late Keeper of the Department of Ethnography of the British Museum.
The Omo-Oba Oladele Odimayo Art Foundation Collection is representative of Nigeria’s artistic heritage with pieces from the country’s South-West region, particularly Egba, Egbado, Igbomina, Ekiti; South-South, particularly Benin, Urhobo, Ijaw, Efik; South-East, including Igbo-Ukwu; North-Central, particularly Igala, Idoma, Mumuye, Afo, Koro; North-East, including Chamba, Montol, Jukun. The Nok terracotta are from North-West and North-Central regions of Nigeria.
The Omo-Oba Oladele Odimayo Art Foundation collection documents nearly 2,000 years of Nigerian traditional art;
- Nok Terracotta Art (900B.C. – 200A.D.)
- Bronzes of Igbo-Ukwu (900A.D.)
- Owo Bronze & Terracotta Art (1100A.D.)
- Ife Bronze Art (1200 – 1500A.D.)
- Benin Royal Court Art (1400 – 1800A.D.)