From Professor Obiora Udechukwu, April 5, 2011:
Ulli Beier passed on yesterday in his house in Sydney, Australia. His first son, Sebastian, sent me an email yesterday, and I spoke with him last night.
Some of you will remember that Ulli spent several days on campus in 1999 — gave the CLR James Lecture, visited several classes. And some years ago, the Brush Gallery showed his photographs of Mbari Houses. As we say in Nigeria, a mighty tree has fallen.
You may want to read the announcement in a Nigerian daily (see link below) — not many people know that Ulli taught Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka (both also visited SLU in 2000).
Ulli Beier, founder of Osogbo arts school dies at 89 (Sun News Online)
While doing research today, I came across a thoughtfully written blog called Emotan by Tola Adenle. She wrote about Ulli Beier and the Beier collection of Yoruba textiles and photographs at Amherst College. Amherst organized the exhibition “Cloth Only Wears to Shreds,” which was presented at the Brush Art Gallery in 2005, alongside work by Chika Okeke-Agulu and Marcia Kure.
Image credit: Tola Adenle.