Last night Bonhams in London opened its doors to all the high-flyers of the African contemporary art world, as well as a number of celebrity guests, in a spectacular showcase of African art, music and fashion. Nigerian sisters Cuppy and Temi Otedola, daughters of international businessman, Femi Otedola, hosted the event, in partnership with Aliko Dangote's Dangote Foundation. Temi – an internationally popular fashion blogger – masterminded a unique fashion presentation, and her sister DJ Cuppy was spinning the decks to a rapturous crowd. The British rapper Tinie Tempah was in attendance, along with Nigerian artist Burna Boy, football stars Ola Aina, Wilfried Zaha and Victor Anichebe, not to mention Mr Dangote himself.
Guests were treated to a champagne reception in celebration of the Dangote Foundation's vital charitable work in Nigeria and across the rest of Africa. Guests were also able to preview Bonhams' hotly anticipated Africa Now: Contemporary Africa sale, which brings together the best of the continent's contemporary artists. The auction on 6 October boasts works by famous names such as Nigerian-born Peju Alatise (Unconscious Struggle, £30,000-40,000) – which formed a spectacular centrepiece to the occasion – as well as Ghanaian El Anatsui (Spirits, £90,000-120,000) and the South African artist William Kentridge (Reservoir, £40,000-60,000).
Giles Peppiatt, Bonhams Director of Modern and Contemporary African Art commented, "This was a thrilling evening displaying the best of African talent in art, fashion and music. We were very pleased to have secured the partnership of the Otedola sisters and Mr Dangote's foundation. It was the dream team."