About Us

The Mbanefo Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit) sponsors educational and cultural research on African and African Diaspora arts, and manages an art collection available to scholars and museums for research into African arts and culture.

Art Mbanefo

Founder and Patron

Prof. Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie


Art Collection

The Mbanefo Foundation Art Collection contains significant examples of classical, modern and contemporary African and African Diaspora art includeing artworks by Ben Enwonwu, Afi Ekong, Kolade Oshinowo, Josy Ajiboye, Ini Brown, Dele Jegede, Bruce Onobrakpeya, David Dale, Tayo Adenaike, and Ndidi Dike, and premier African American artists Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Jean Michel Basquiat artworks from the Yaba, Zaria and Auchi Schools, the Edo Kingdom of Benin, and title regalia of several generations of titleholders of the office of Odu of Onitsha, an important indigenous Nigerian kingdom, the earliest object of which dates to the 19th century and is a major cultural archive of the history of Onitsha traditional leadership. 111


The Mbanefo Foundation supports educational and cultural programs focused on African art, conferences, 
      museum exhibitions and a prize award for emerging contemporary African artists.


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