There Is Always Something New Out of Africa
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There Is Always Something New Out of Africa

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    Emerg Infect Dis
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    Prince Twins Seven-Seven (b. 1944). The Lazy Hunters, and the Poisonous Wrestlers, Lizard Ghost and the Cobra (1967). Ink, paint, and chalk on plywood (124.5 cm × 78.1 cm) , National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, USA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sean Kelly, 75–28–3

    Lone survivor of seven sets of twins born to his mother, he started life as a legend among the Yoruba in Nigeria, who have one of the highest rates of twin births and infant deaths in the world. According to family lore, he was the spirit that kept trying to be born and kept being turned back, the child "born to die." Bamidele to his father, Olaniyi to his grandmother, Prince Twins Seven-Seven renamed himself in adulthood to commemorate newly found royal lineage and the circumstances of his birth, which colored his life and shaped his art. Deeply conscious of these aspects of his nature, he has conveyed in art his personal understanding of a world teeming with spirits and populated with myths.

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