Ben Enwonwu was born in 1921 in Nigeria. Arguably, Nigeria’s most influential artist, Enwonwu schooled at Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and went on to Slade School of Fine Art, University London, 1944 – 1947. He also attended Goldsmith College and undertook postgraduate courses in anthropology and ethnography at the University of California and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. In 1948, he returned to Nigeria and worked as an Art Adviser to the Federal Government.
He worked on a wide variety of important public commissions including The Drummer Boy for the Nigeria Telecommunications Headquarters in Lagos, Sango for the Nigerian Electric Board’s building in Marina and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth 2.
He died in 1994.