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Adepegba, Cornelius Oyeleke

    Full Name: Adepegba, Cornelius Oyeleke

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1941

    Date Died: 2002

    Place Died: Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria

    Home Country/ies: Nigeria

    Subject Area(s): African (general, continental cultures), decorative art (art genre), Fulbe (culture or style), Nigerian, Nok (culture or style), sculpture (visual works), West African (general), and Yoruba (culture or style)

    Career(s): directors (administrators)


    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. 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.

    Selected 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.


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


    "Adepegba, Cornelius Oyeleke." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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