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Notes on the Geography of Nigeria: Oshogbo: Photo 27

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Adebisi Akanji helped transform this house that Wenger occupied in Oshogbo. She didn't build it: it had been built in the Brazilian style by the deputy to the ataoja, but Wenger and Adebisi had a lot of fun modifying it. Critics have been left shaking their heads. One, John Consentino, sniffs that Wenger had become "more Yoruba than the Oni of Ife," which is the equivalent of calling someone more Catholic than the pope. He goes on to ask if Wenger's work is "the iconoclastic revival of a fading religious tradition, or its exhumation and transformation into uplifting kitsch?" He leaves it open.

See Donald John Consentino in Susan Vogel, Africa Explore, 1991, p. 248.

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