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Spotlight on ART X, Lagos: An Interview with Tokini Peterside
Tokini Peterside holds a Law degree from the London School of Economics, in addition to a Solicitors Legal Practice Course Certificate from the College of Law (UK) and a Fashion Marketing Certificate from Istituto Marangoni. In 2012, she founded Tokini Peterside (TP) Collective, a Lagos-based company that builds brands in the culture and luxury sectors in Africa. The company owns and organises ART X Lagos—the premier international contemporary art fair in West Africa.
In this interview, she talks about her reason for establishing a fair in Africa and what to expect from this year’s edition.
Please tell us who Tokini Peterside is and how her interest in art began.
Tokini Peterside is a cultural entrepreneur with a passion for building the creative economy in Africa. She began collecting art over ten years ago, and in that decade evolved her affinity for Nigeria’s established modern artists and emerging contemporary artists. In more recent times, her travels enabled her to grow her appreciation of artists around the African continent and the Diaspora. This led to the creation of ART X Lagos, a platform she developed to increase the visibility and patronage of artists across the African continent.