Ben Enwonwu.

The man who redefined what it means to be an African artist

Updated 0930 GMT (1730 HKT) March 24, 2018

(CNN)Ben Enwonwu etched himself into Nigerian history.

His painting of a Yoruba princess in "Tutu" is considered a national masterpiece, with copies of it hanging in Nigerian homes across the country. To much speculation, the sought-after original was lost for over 40 years.
The renowned Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, told BBC's Radio 4 in 2013: "This particular painting "Tutu," the print, hung on every wall, of every middle class family in eastern Nigeria when I was growing up."
So when the famous portrait was recently unearthed in a "modest" London flat and sold at auction for $1.6 million (February 28) -- four times its estimated price, it sparked huge interest in the art world and amongst buyers in Nigeria -- many had set up shop in a hotel in Lagos to make live bids.