The Interesting Story Behind This 1977 Photo Of The Alaafin of Oyo That You Never Knew

John Howard Sanden is one of the best artists in the world and he said of this spectacular painting of the Alaafin of Oyo: In 1977, Ambassador (Deinde) Fernandez commissioned me to paint a series of state portraits of hereditary African kings. I began with the legendary Alafin of Oyo and the elderly Oni of Ife. Years later, in 2005, I returned to Africa to create a series of paintings celebrating the Fulani peoples of northern Nigeria and central Africa. In the interim, Ambassador Fernandez had received a number awards and titles, including Baron of Dudley (conferred in Scotland) and Garsan Fulani of Kano, an illustrious traditional honor bestowed on him by His Royal Highness the Emir of Kano, Nigeria.

The painting has captured the imagination of many but now you know its source. His Majesty Oba Lamidi Adeyemi became the Alaafin of Oyo on the 18th of November, 1970. You can see other portraits on Sanden’s websiteHERE

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