Lemi Ghariokwu, a self-taught artist and illustrator, is the name behind some of the most recognisable album artwork in the world, particularly the narratively dense cover art that he created for Fela Kuti between 1974 and 1993. His work encompasses a variety of styles and often involves the use of vibrant colours and distinctive typefaces of his own design. Among the more than 2,000 album covers to his name are commissions for recordings by Bob Marley, Osita Osadebe, Orits Williki, Gilles Peterson, Sony Okosun, Miriam Makeba and the Antibalas.
Ghariokwu’s work has attracted much attention in the West and been the subject of numerous retrospectives. He is on Phaidon Press’s list of the 100 most innovative emerging graphic designers in the world, and one of his works, Anoda Sistem, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he holds a dual lifetime membership.