Over the last several decades Lamidi Olonade Fakeye has been Africa’s most renowned woodcarver as well as an international ambassador for African art. A fifth generation Yoruba sculptor from Nigeria, he comes from one of Africa’s great traditions. With a backdrop of his stunning sculptures spanning nearly 70 years, Lamidi gives voice to the remarkable story of his life. Lamidi talks about his early days working with George Bamidele Areogun for Father Kevin Carroll at the Roman Catholic mission in Oye Ekiti, Nigeria, which led to national and international acclaim. He also discusses his life in France studying at the Paris Ecole de Beaux Arts, and his many tours in the United States, which led to his career as a professor at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife. Throughout the documentary, friends and experts comment on Lamidi’s life, career, and the significance of his art. Also featured are extraordinary images of Lamidi carving and historic photographs of Lamidi and Nigeria.
After a productive and celebrated woodcarving career, Lamidi Fakeye passed away suddenly on Christmas day 2009 in Nigeria. This documentary was filmed during Lamidi's final tour to the United States in October of 2009 and features his final interviews.