Beliefs about the spirit world are deeply embedded in traditional African culture, but were heavily influenced by Christianity and Islam.
Culture and artistic festivities of the Kalabari Kingdom involve the wearing of elaborate outfits and carved masks to celebrate the spirits.
Dogon sculpture primarily revolves around the themes of religious values, ideals, and freedoms.
Mendé masks are commonly used in initiation ceremonies into secret Poro and Sande societies.
Bògòlanfini is a traditional Malian fabric that is exported worldwide for use in fashion, fine art, and decoration.
The Bamum people are known for their extensive dyeing practice and their production of royal cloth, known as Ntieya.
The Asante are a clan of the Akan people and are known for their production of vibrantly-colored Kente cloth.
The Benin Bronzes are a collection of more than 3,000 brass plaques from the royal palace of the Kingdom of Benin, located in what is now Nigeria.
The Igbo people are well known for their music, dance, traditional masks, and Mbari architecture.
The countries throughout Africa are home to many diverse and thriving contemporary arts cultures.
Over the years, many Yoruban artists have merged foreign and contemporary influences with the traditional art forms found in West Africa.
African architecture is exceptionally diverse from region to region and has been subject to numerous external influences.