Emmanuel Eni was born in Igbanke in the mid-west of Nigeria. After school, he attended the Igbobi-College in Lagos, Nigeria where he completed a degree in the applied arts. From 1982-1984 he attended the polytechnic Auchi in Lagos and graduated with a national degree. In 1991 he achieved his BA in the applied arts for sculpture from the University of Benin, Nigeria. In 1993 he achieved his masters at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Emmanuel Eni has made many journeys on the invitation of art schools, governmental departments and private initiations. He has taught, designed countless of his own exhibtions and undertaken special art performances in the public sphere. He works, among others, at the ‘Rhode Island School of Design’ (RISD) in the sculpture department with Prof. Ellen Driscoll (Providence, New-Hamshire USA), at the ‘Monroe-Centre for Modern Art’ in Hoboken, New Jersey (USA), at the Goethe-Institutes in Lagos and Dakar as well as at the ‘Institut für Afrikanistik’ at University of Bayreuth and in the ‘IWALEWA-Haus’. He took part at several biannual film festivals, such as in Dakar and in Lyon. In 2005 he exhibited his installation "Death of the Curator" in the ‘GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig’. This theme was reinstated in an additional performance in the ‘Documenta 12’ in Kassel. He lives and works in Berlin.