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Beyonce loves Nigerians for sure, and we love her right back! After she sampled Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s  ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ in her last album.

Nigerian artist Laolu Senbanjo has a lot to smile about as Beyonce on Wednesday finally released her first video from her Lemonade visual-album on Youtube.

The video “Sorry”, showcases Senbanjo’s “Sacred Art of the Ori,” and features Serena Williams. It is the song that infamously calls out “Becky with the good hair”

Senbanjo said he was invited by the pop star’s management to decorate her dancers with his signature designs for “Sorry,” a song off of the new album. “It was crazy because I couldn’t say no,” he said. “If Queen B wants you… It was so unreal. I just left everything I was doing.”

Senbanjo cites his Nigerian roots as a major source of his visual inspiration, though formally, his visual references share affinities with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He writes on his website: “All of my work is heavily influenced by my Yoruba heritage and often related to the environment I find myself in.”

To crown it all, come Friday, June 24, the Grammy Museum, in partnership with BET International, will be recognizing Sebanjo’s work in their “Sounds of Africa” exhibit in Los Angeles. The exhibit will run through Fall of 2016.
“We are beyond excited about this tribute to legendary, traditional and contemporary African music artists,” said Ava Hall, Vice President of BET International Programming and Brand Advancement, in a statement.
Laolu Sebanjo took to his Instagram to share his joy. Posting a photo , he wrote:
“The only thing better than winning a Grammy is having your art in their museum.”

 


The 34-year-old talented Nigerian artist began his career as a human rights lawyer before answering his true calling as an artist. His work’s first high-profile platform, Nike, featured his painting on limited edition Air Max. The sneakers debuted only a month ago, and of course, his “Sacred Art of the Ori” which made its onscreen debut alongside Beyoncé in her conceptual short film that premiered on HBO, Lemonade.

On how it felt working with Beyonce, Laolu said:
“What I connect with about her is her thoroughness. I’m pretty much like that in a way; like a perfectionist. She’s the first person to get on the set and she’s the last person to leave. She’s doing everything repeatedly. She’s like you can’t afford not to be on your best. You can see she’s at her best, so everybody is working real hard around her. Everyone’s very charged when she’s there. Very charged. She’s awesome. When you see somebody at that level doing that, you’re like, ‘wow.’ I got back to New York super charged, extra energy. I know she’s super, super busy and yet, she commits so much to her craft.”

 

credit: BET International, Beyonce, VEVO

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