"The Yoruba assess everything aesthetically–from the taste and color of a yam to the qualities of a dye, to the dress and deportment of a woman or a man. An entry in one of the earliest dictionaries of their language, published in 1858, was amewa, literally "knower-of-beauty," "connoisseur," one who looks for the manifestation of pure artistry."

–Robert Farris Thompson, Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy (1983)