Internationally known experts provide texts that introduce Nigeria, its peoples and assorted cultures, including a discussion of Nigerian mythologies, interviews by Alexandre Espenel with major collectors; Yves Develon, Alain Dufour, M. Mark Itzikowitz and Helene and Philippe Leloup, convey the strength of feeling and emotions that Nigerian works of art arouse in them. The superb photographs of the works by Hughes Dubois add to the value of this sumptuous volume.
Toyin Falola is an eminent Nigerian historian and history professor in the Department of African Studies at the University of Texas. A speaker and author, he has published many book and articles on the history and culture of his country. Helene Joubert is Chief Curator and Director of the African Heritage Unit at the Musee de Quai Branly in Paris and a specialist on the Yoruba and the arts and peoples of Nigeria. Alain Lebas is a collector of primitive art and Curator of the exhibition that this book accompanies. Alexandre Espenel is the author of a major book on Igbo sculpture. Hughes Dubois is a renowned art photographer.