Bisi Fakeye now lives in Ibadan where the curators of the John Randle visited him. He uses modern tools, but the process of making a carving would be familiar to his grandfather. The curators of the John Randle asked Bisi Fakeye to demonstrate the skill of a master carver. In the first stage, Ona-Lile, the basic design is blocked out – this is the most important stage and is only performed by the master carver. Other stages (Aletunle, Didan and Finfin) bring the sculpture into presence, with a smooth finish and clear features.
Curators are actively engaging artists, authors, craftspeople, historians, and storytellers to bring the rich tangible and intangible Yoruba culture into the Centre.