I stumbled upon Lagos based artist: Karo Akpokiere's interdisciplinary portfolio recently, and it left me in a state of AWE! I was amazed by the detail in each illustrative piece from the abundant body of work on his website; none of which is short of brilliant.
To me however, the most memorable is his personality rich 'Illustrated Letter' series; which was a part of a year long daily-drawing-project. November 2010 culminated in this wonderful, convention-breaking exploration of typography; "represent[ing his] interest in hand drawn type , popular culture, geometry  and also [his] fascination with ascribing new meaning to already existing forms."
Artists like Karo, leave me wondering how much global talent we would be missing out on, if it had not been for the world-wide-web.