FullSizeRenderAstonishing is the exhibition held by the British Library on West Africa — a vast region whose culture and history is deeply rooted in literature and music.

The exhibition takes us on an exciting journey through centuries of West Africa’s history and captures perfectly the importance of words and symbols in West African societies, politics and customs.


Fela Kuti’s album collection

Learn about Africa’s great empires and kingdoms such as the Asante empire which is rich in ceremony and symbolism or listen to a recorded performance of Trio Da Kali — Mande griots — singing the prowess of Sunjata Keita founder of old Mali. Watch historic film about indigenous religions and see the Gelede masquerade of Yoruba people from Nigeria.

Experience West Africa’s fascinating heritage with a unique collection of items and gain insights into the region’s culture, tradition and literature.

Book your ticket here.