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Nigeria's Okey Ndibe talks to RFI about statues and his new book 'Foreign Gods, incorporated'

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Nigerian novelist Okey Ndibe
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Art is often controversial. The South African government has ordered the removal of a tiny rabbit that was inserted into a statue of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria. The artists who built the nine-metre bronze statue added a rabbit into the ear of the statue - without asking for anyone's permission. Another sculpture, a statue of a god called Ngene, is at the heart of a new book by Nigerian novelist Okey Ndibe. Its title is Foreign Gods, incorporated, the name of a New York city gallery that sells statues of African deities. RFI spoke to Okey Ndibe, the author in Hartford, Connecticut.


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