Ilédì Oǹtótóo: the outside wall with shrine paintings

Susanne Wenger, Adebisi Akanji1968/1975

Adunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

Adunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation
Osogbo, Nigeria

Built in the late 1960’s and early 1970s on the site of an abandoned school, Ilédì Oǹtótóo is the assembly point for the Ògbóni, Yorùbá traditionalists associated with the Earth deity.
The interior walls as well as the exterior walls at the back of the shrine are richly decorated with wall-paintings, a symbolic visual art form typical to the Yorùbá, which communicate messages to the Gods.
The original paintings were created by Foyeke and Songo Tundun who also created the wall shrine art in Susanne Wenger’s house.
They were the only women artists in the New Sacred Art Movement and in charge of wall paintings, which used to be a traditionally female domain in Yorùbá traditional culture.

Fortunately, Foyeke’s grandson, Kujenyo Kehinde Sango, who had been carried on his grandmother’s back while she created the original art in the 1960’s, was able to recreate these magnificent works of art in Ilédì Oǹtótóo in 2012.


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