Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow is pictured during his official entry ceremony at the Academie des Beaux-Arts Paris, December 11, 2013. (AFP/ Eric Feferberg)

Senegal sculptor Ousmane Sow has become the first African to join France's Academy of Fine Arts.

The 78-year-old, considered one of Africa's foremost artists, dedicated the honour to "all of Africa...and the great man Nelson Mandela" at a Paris ceremony on Wednesday.

Piece from artists in Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. (AFP)

Kenya is holding its first commercial auction of East African art in the capital, Nairobi, with 47 works going under the hammer.

Prices are expected to range from several hundred dollars for some pieces up to more than $28,000 (£17,400).

A woman looks at Zimbabwean artist Richard Mudariki's

African tribal art has long been treasured by wealthy Western collectors, but increasingly the continent's contemporary art scene is the one making its presence felt at museums, auction houses and art fairs.

The trend is spurred by wealthy Africans supporting home-grown talent and European collectors searching for the next big thing. Several London galleries focused on African art have opened in the past few years, the flagship Tate Modern has set up an African acquisitions committee, and this year's sale of African art at the auction house Bonhams has passed the 1 million pound ($1.6 million) mark.

Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru, Jerusalem. (The Guardian)

If you walk down the Street of the Prophets toward the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City, turn onto Ethiopia Street, and step into the Kidane Meheret church, you may hear the sounds of pianist, composer, and devout nun Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù.

A descendant of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie born in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in 1923, Sister Guebrù received early piano training in Switzerland and became one of the first classical musicians to emerge from her country.

Marguerite Abouet's book  'Aya de Yopougon' (VOA News)

A series of French comic books set in the West African country of Ivory Coast has captivated readers both in Africa and overseas. Now, the film Aya de Yopougon has just been released in French movie houses and will soon be shown in the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan. French-Ivorian author Marguerite Abouet wrote Aya and currently lives in the suburbs of Paris.

In the movie the viewer travels to the Ivorian city of Abidjan in the 1970s to get caught up in the lives of Aya, Bintu, Fanta and Ignace…and all the other colorful characters living in the ethnically-mixed neighborhood of Yopougon.

 “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui,”  at the Brooklyn Museum. (Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times)

The works of Ghanaian-born sculptor El Anatsui are full of paradoxes: visually splendid, even glittering, they are made of humble, recycled materials like copper wire, aluminum bottle tops, weathered wood and rusted tin. In Fold Crumple Crush, a film about his work by African art expert Susan Mullin Vogel, the artist says he has always been drawn to materials that others have used and touched.

“Things that have been used before, things which link people together,” he tells Vogel, adding that anything anyone has touched retains a “charge.” “Anything used by humans has a history, so those properties help whatever I do to gain some meaning,” says Anatsui.

Alitash Kebede Arts offers a selection of works of art for sale by African American artists and artists from the African Diaspora.

Alitash opened her first gallery in 1994 after working as a private dealer for 10 years.  The gallery earned a reputation for being a source for first time and seasoned collectors, as well as for being a supporter of artists working in a variety of media.

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