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“Everything is My Canvas” | Watch Laolu Senbanjo’s TED Talk on the ‘Sacred Art of the Ori’



Nigerian artist Laolu Senbanjo has been putting the Yoruba culture on the map through his art for some time now. Early this year, Bvlgari used his Yoruba tribal art for the release of their limited edition of Man in Black essence.

In line with the wave his creating, Laolu gave a TED Talk at the TED2017 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, CA in April 2017.

His talk “Sacred Art of the Ori”  shares his experience and making a life altering decision to give up his profession as Human Rights Lawyer to chase his dream of doing Art full time.

In his talk, he speaks about this path and how he found his mantra, “Everything is my Canvas” how he started his Performance Art the Sacred Art of the Ori and how he had the opportunity to work with Beyonce.

Laolu also discusses the importance of the necessary shift in African culture on weighing importance and respect in the Arts and valuing its culture and more.



  1. astute

    August 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm


  2. TEE

    August 26, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Welldone! this is soooo nice. it is said… Those who honor their ancestors walk on fertile ground. May you prosper in every endeavour; may your star shine bright forever, Ori a gbe e.
    Omo yoruba atata!


    August 26, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Laolu’s art is actually a treasure that the West do not have have. I admire his Proudly African confidence and mindset. More grease to your elbow!

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