The artist, Dennis Osadebe, faces the camera dressed in cream lined, his back reflected in the glass doors behind him

Dennis Osadebe

The future of Nigeria reimagined

“Radical innovation stems from building from the past and not clinging on to it.”

One question is at the heart of Dennis Osadebe’s art – “what will Nigeria’s future look like?” His graphic, colourful portraits show people in traditional masks, inspired by the expressive features of Yoruba masks. Going about their daily tasks, the settings are familiar, but things are quietly odd. One person rides a broken motorbike in their living room. Another stands with a horse in a library,...

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Dennis Osadebe (he/him) was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991, where he continues to live and work.


Dennis Osadebe didn’t go to art school. While studying for an undergrad in Business Management, he got his first MacBook Pro, introducing him to digital art and design techniques that he still uses today.

Early inspirations

Nigeria’s Anambra State, where Osadebe originates from, is known for its festivals and masquerades. The costumes, masks and dancing involved in the celebrations have intrigued him since childhood.

Collaborations with Dennis Osadebe