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NKECHI BAKARE
In Need of An Art Advisor in Lagos? Look No Further.
Fempire 07 Jun 2016

In Need of An Art Advisor in Lagos? Look No Further.
Founder of Art News Africa, Lagos

Nkechi Bakare has got a multi-tasking hand in the art world, pioneering the unexplored scene in Africa with her sought-after Instagram account – Art News Africa. As founder and editor of the online publication, the Lagos-based art advisor has accumulated over 100k Instagram followers since 2014 reporting African diaspora art. In this Style Talk, we chatted with Bakare about all black, her never-regrets motto, and chamomile tea.
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My ideal working outfit looks like…
Black. I like wearing all black when I am working, I feel comfortable in it, I also like a monochromatic look. A simple dress or trousers and a shirt or blouse work for me.
Heels or flats… Which brand or style…
I love both heels and flats. Both have their occasions. Recently I have fallen in love with the delicate kitten heel. It has all the comfort of ballet flats and the elegance of a raised heel.
My favourite art-related blog/app is…
Instagram, through this amazing app Art News Africa has been able to discover and share all the great art by artists of African descent and create a growing community.
The last thing I bought and loved was…
A dark and beautiful pastel and paper work of a woman’s face from 1994 by the late Nigerian artist Jude Ovie Wilkie. I was delighted to discover the art work while looking for something else. I had not heard about this artist prior and was told by the art dealer who sold it to me that he passed away just before he turned 30 and it seems got forgotten about. I am very happy to have it in my personal collection.
Most ridiculous thing I ever bought…
I rarely get buyers regret and try not to be impulsive with my money.
My necessary extravagance is…
Spending time in Nature. Whether its going to Tarkwa Bay here in Lagos for a swim and walk on the beach to going across the world to spend time in the Taman Negara Rainforest in Malaysia. I always find a way to be in nature because that’s where I feel the best and how I feel connected to the whole.
Three things/products I always need to have in my purse…
My phone, a piece of rose quartz crystal, and lip gloss.
My ultimate beauty secret after long working hours…
A natural face mask and a cup of chamomile tea.
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My favourite merge of the art- and fashion world…
Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo (who shot these portraits of me) he fuses both worlds beautifully and creates striking and aesthetically pleasing visuals.
My most admired art world influencer…
The talented, creative and inspiring artists I meet through my work. I learn so much from my interactions with them.
In the art world currently I find most exciting that…
The internet is giving everyone access to art. Art is no longer elusive and hard to reach. Now art is right there on your phone. I find this incredibly exciting and revolutionary.
Art makes me…
Heal.
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What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally…
Love, passion and devotion to something, whether it’s a cause, a belief, a movement, work, or family.
The most arty city is…
Lagos, Nigeria – the mega-city of over 20 million people.
Three words to describe the African art scene…
Rich, Diverse, Now.
The perfect art-world gentlemen is…
Passionate, kind, focused, driven and willing to take risks.
African Artist(s) we should have on our watch-list is/are…
Ghanian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey who creates sculptural tapestry out of recycled plastic gallon containers.
Instagram: @nkechi.bakare.art.advisory and @artnewsafrica
Photos by Nkechi Bakare

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