Please note: In order to keep Hive up to date and provide users with the best features, we are no longer able to fully support Internet Explorer. The site is still available to you, however some sections of the site may appear broken. We would encourage you to move to a more modern browser like Firefox, Edge or Chrome in order to experience the site fully.

Toyin Ojih Odutola : The UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi, Hardback Book

Toyin Ojih Odutola : The UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi Hardback



This extraordinary illustrated story Toyin Ojih Odutola s best-known body of work chronicles the private lives of two fictional aristocratic Nigerian families, the UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi, if colonialist and slave-trade interventions had never disrupted the country.

Rendered life-size in charcoal, pastel, and pencil, Ojih Odutola s figures appear enigmatic and mysterious, set against the artist s larger conceived narrative, highlighting the malleability of identity and assumptions about race, wealth, and class.

The UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi presents the story of these families in four chapters illustrated and authored by Ojih Odutola, accompanied by the artist s sketches and notes.

Also included are several insightful essays on the artist herself by noted writers and critics Zadie Smith, Leigh Raiford, and others.

An introduction to the artist s vivid fictionalised world, as well as a reflection on the role of this body of work within her broader practice, this remarkable volume serves as the essential guide to Ojih Odutola s unique form of storytelling.


  • Format:Hardback
  • Pages:248 pages, 150 colour and black and white illustrations
  • Publisher:Rizzoli International Publications
  • Publication Date:
  • Category:
  • ISBN:9780847870677



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops