Want to Keep Up with the African Art Scene? Follow these 7 Instagram Accounts

Welcome to the age of art online. Instagram is fast becoming the preferred social media platform for artists, curators, galleries and art lovers to display art and publicise their exhibitions, auctions, art fairs and other events. Granted, a visit to the gallery is by far the best way to view art, but Instagram seems the easiest way to keep up with the art world and its happenings. The question is, who do you follow to make the most of your time on Instagram?

I have rounded up some Instagram accounts, by Nigerians, that provide relevant and useful updates on African art, in addition to eye-catching art. Whether your interest is new art, emerging artists, art history, art news from the diaspora, events, photographs from the past, celebrities at art events, or you just like beautiful artistic creations, these 7 artists and art institutions will ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Omenka Gallery

@omenkagallery, 2,240 followers

Omenka Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Lagos run by Oliver Enwonwu, is just gathering momentum online. This Instagram account is a must-follow as it brings you a bit of everything—events and exhibitions news, art history, tidbits from artists’ lives, and art from emerging artists, lesser-known artists and established artists.


Art News Africa

@artnewsafrica, 160k followers

The Instagram account of Art news Africa, an online publication, is great for keeping up with art by artists of African descent, art news, and happenings from all over the world.


Polly Alakija

@pollyalakija, 5,444 followers

Alakija’s Instagram feed is unique in its focus on community creative art projects: art in public spaces and creative courses for children and adults. Follow this artist to find out, amongst other things, in what parks and under what bridges you’ll find magnificent artworks and graffiti art in Lagos—have you seen the ones on Falomo Bridge pillars?

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Victor Ehikhamenor

@victorsozaboy, 14.2k followers

A contemporary artist and writer, who was one of the Nigerian participants at the 2017 Venice Biennale, Ehikhamenor brings us his amazing artworks and exhibitions. And with ties to all major exhibitions and events in town, his feed covers art by emerging and established artists, and events at galleries, museums and art fairs from all over the world. Also expect to see candid photographs, and tempting pictures of Nigerian cuisine.


ArtHouse Contemporary Limited

@arthousecontemporary, 4,316 followers

ArtHouse is one of the leading auction houses in Nigeria with several auction records for works by prominent artists to its credit. And with three major auctions yearly, Arthouse feed provides the best information on prices, trends and sale of modern and contemporary African art.


Rele Art Gallery

@relegallery, 20.9k followers

Rele Gallery is a Lagos-based gallery with a mission to trigger engagement with the arts. Its Instagram account features information on emerging artists, its art events and exhibitions, and happenings in the Lagos art scene.     


Toyin Ojih Odutola

@toyinojihodutola, 66.7k followers

The account of Toyin Odutola, a Nigerian based in New York, who was nominated by Art Forum as one of the best artists of 2016, is worth following for the amazing art she creates. In addition to her art, writings and exhibitions, her feed brings you an assorted mix of art and photographs—old and new, foreign and African.



Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.
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