Author Profile
Dele Jegede

Dele Jegede is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Cultural Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has a B.A. degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira, Nigeria, and a Ph.D. in art history from Indiana University. He is presently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. His book, Trends in Contemporary Nigerian Art, will be published this year (1983) by the Federal Department of Culture, Lagos, Nigeria.


Drawing distinctions between art and traditional African societies, as well as the use of the term "non-Western," underlines the necessity to recognize changes that have occurred in Africa, particularly within the last century. To understand the limited relevancy of certain terms and to differentiate between ancient, traditional, and current trends in the arts, a categorization of African art into traditional and contemporary domains becomes a useful classification.