Sokari Douglas Camp, CBE, was born in Buguma, Rivers State, Nigeria. She studied fine art at Central School of Art and Design and received her MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art. Sokari has represented Britain and Nigeria in National exhibitions and has had more than 40 solo shows worldwide.
Since the early 1980ʼs, she has exhibited widely in the UK, US, Japan and continental Europe at institutions such as The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Museum of Mankind, London, The Smithsonian Institute, The National Museum of African Art, The Art Museum of Minneapolis, Setagaya Museum, Tokyo and the British Museum. Her public artworks include Battle Bus: Living Memorial for Ken Saro‐Wiwa (2006), a full-scale replica of a Nigerian steel bus, which stands as a monument to the late Niger Delta activist and writer.
In 2003 Sokari was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth. Her work is in permanent collections at The Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., Setagaya Museum, Tokyo and the British Museum, London. In 2005 she was awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to art.
In 2012, All the World is Now Richer, a memorial to commemorate the abolition of slavery was exhibited in The House of Commons. The sculpture was exhibited in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, 2014.
Battle Bus travelled to Nigeria as part of Action Saro – Wiwa, a campaign to clean up the Niger Delta, in the summer of 2015.