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  • Adelaide Casely-Hayford

    Unpublished photograph

    Photograph of Adelaide Casely-Hayford (1868–1960), née Smith, educator, feminist, cultural nationalist and writer...

  • Adinkra cloth

    Hand stamped textile Created date: ?1960s

    This cloth, bearing symbols known as adinkra, was made in Ghana. Symbols such as adinkra were of vital importance to the...

  • Aerial View of modern day Lagos, Nigeria

    Photograph

    This is an aerial view of modern Lagos - just one among numerous thriving cities across West Africa.

  • Album cover for Fela Kuti’s ‘Sorrow, Tears & Blood...

    Artwork on long playing disc

    Lemi Ghariokwu is a Nigerian artist and graphic designer renowned for creating the album sleeve art for most of Fela Kut...

  • Bele carnival costume

    Digital photograph Created date: 2015

    Bele carnival costume. Commissioned by the British Library and designed by Brixton-based Ray Mahabir of Sunshine Interna...

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Photograph Created date: 2008

    This photograph shows the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose works include Purple hibiscus (2004), Half of...

  • Chinua Achebe’s work on display in ‘West Africa: W...

    Photograph Created date: 2015

    This photograph shows a case from the British Library’s West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song exhibition (2015-16). It illustr...

  • Cover of Black Orpheus

    Serial Created date: 1958-9

    Black Orpheus was a groundbreaking ‘journal of African and Afro-American literature’ that began publication in Nigeria i...

  • Crocodile gold weight

    Brass sculpture Created date: 18th-20th century

    This brass weight, made for weighing gold, is just 6.7 cm in width. It shows a common Ghanaian motif which encapsulates...

  • Desmali’s music group in Equatorial Guinea, 2013....

    Digital photograph Created date: 2013

    A recording session with Desmali’s music group in Equatorial Guinea in 2013. He plays the asiko square frame drum while ...

  • Detail of Bele carnival costume

    Digital photograph Created date: 2015

    Close-up detail of the fabrics used for the Bele carnival costume commissioned by the British Library for West Africa: W...

  • Documents showing the Vai script

    Manuscript Created date: c. 1849

    A new way of writing – a script for the Vai language – was invented in Liberia in the early 19th century. Mọmọlu Duwalu ...

  • Drawing of the slave ship 'Brookes'

    Drawing in book Created date: 1808

    This image was produced to illustrate how captives destined for the Americas were crammed into the hold of the slave shi...

  • Drum language – Ghanaian 'atumpan' drums

    Digital photograph

    This pair of atumpan drums forms part of an ensemble owned by Obed Abbey-Mensah of Abladei (UK). They were loaned to the...

  • Edward Blyden, Christianity, Islam and the Negro r...

    Printed Book Created date: 1888

    This is one of the major works of Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832–1912), a pioneer of Pan-Africanist ideas – that people of A...