Bida, Nigeria Declared UNESCO Creative City in Crafts and Folk Art

Leave something of sweetness and substance in the mouth of the world.                                  
–Anna Belle Kaufman

His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar CFR, ETSU NUPE, Chairman of the Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers bestowed on me a great honour in his telephone call to congratulate me for the six years of research and promoting crafts in Bida, Nigeria, that helped to highlight the crafts and folk art in Nupeland.

From 2015, my journeys to Bida began as a broad interest in material culture and blogging about the experience to researcher of Nupe heritage, particularly, the study of glassmaking. All of which evolved into becoming an honorary member of the Masaga glassmaking community.  

These rich and rewarding journeys culminated in the month of November 2019, during the completion of the documentary, The Lost Legacy of Bida Bikini, and the honoured title of Jikadiyan Gargagiya, Ambassador of Nupe Traditions from His Royal Highness.

Watch The Lost Legacy of Bida Bikini , hosted by British Museum

The documentary can be found on the repository here:
and on youtube here:

Articles and posts can be found throughout my website. Here are a few posts:

Red Walls of Bida – The Book

Between Two Rivers Bida City of the Nupe

Bida Glass: Bangles and Beads

Bida Brassworks

Bida Blacksmiths

Bling Bling in Bida

Bida Glass at Muséo Parc Alésia, France

Nupe Day

Portrait of a Glassmaker

Bida Bracelets, The Ancient Art of Glassmaking

Turbaned! Jikandiya Gargajiya

Indigo and the Durbar

Instragram: bida_glassmakers or

12 thoughts on “Bida, Nigeria Declared UNESCO Creative City in Crafts and Folk Art

  1. Of course you deserve to be congratulated not only by Nupe community, but Nigeria as a whole, for making such a documentary. May you have the courage to explore Nigerian culture.

  2. Oh Lesley, you shall be so happy and proud about this. You are doing a remarkable job for Bida and this is a well deserved recognition. Hat off!

    • I am so proud to be a part of the Nupe community and to have had the rare opportunity to delve into their heritage through their patient guidance. I hope that this designation will bring more employment opportunities and encourage the youth to take up heritage crafts and folk art rather then looking elsewhere. Thank you so much for your continued enthusiasm and support. L..

  3. Congratulations dear Lesley! I applaud you for your significant contribution to the world of arts and crafts. I appreciate your blog information and look forward to more.
    Hugs, Mary

  4. More strength and courage we pray for you ma.
    God will continue to empower you as you’ve started putting Africa on the world map on exploration of the hidden arts and crafts.

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