Hi lovelies, have you ever attended an art award or exhibition?

How are you preparing for the holidays? I know it cannot be so easy here in Nigeria considering the recent economic recession but we are still looking up. I want to talk about another adventure again. This time, I took a good friend of mine along. It was interesting and it took our minds off a lot of things.

Do you remember? Last time, I visited a private exhibition at Rele Art Gallery. I talked about that here. It was still early for me to go back home on that day, so I stopped at the National Museum where I looked at all the old art from our ancestors, ohhed and ahhed on each one and stumbled on an invitation.

This invitation was to attend another exhibition at the National Museum. I was excited about it but i had no idea it also was an art award presentation ceremony hosted by the African Art Resource Centre, AARC. I was curious all through that week. My friend, Ola was up for an hangout so we went together.

Ola by Oladele Olaopa’s Saporiti
That’s me standing beside another of Oladele Olaopa’s work



We signed our names at the event

We arrived at 5pm. At first, I wondered if I got the venue right because not so many people were seated.


The event began and a lot was said about the state of art in Nigeria.

The C.E.O of AARC, Oladele Olaopa who spoke first said that the support of art in Nigeria is poor. He therefore encouraged everyone present to contribute anyway they can.

Oladele Olaopa speaking at the award event


I believed him.

From my experience, the number of people who buy real art are few in Nigeria. Also, I could see from the number of people at the ceremony that there was really no support.

I mean, the event could not have had 50 people who were really interested in art seated, who wasn’t a member of the media.

The art at the musuem. Don’t even get me started on the art at the NATIONAL MUSUEM.

My friend had to talk about one of them. It was a sculpture of a standing lady dressed in traditional clothes right at the entrance of the museum. It was beautiful but because of poor preservation, her arms were broken if not about to fall off.

The real art in Nigeria is hardly funded.

Veteran painter,sculptor and print maker, Bruce Onobrakpeya urged everyone present to support art and attend art exhibitions.

Bruce Onabrakpeya speaking


I didn’t take pictures of all the artists but these are the few I took.


  • Art can build nations
  • It can feed families
  • It can create jobs for everyone
  • It can give everyone better lives
  • It can change the way you see your country and society

Artists and supporters of art who had passed away; Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi and Sammy o. Olagbaju were given their respects from artists and the AARC.


Anyone can support art.

  • You can start by searching for art foundations, galleries and so on and send money in support of a particular artist who’s work you enjoy
  • You can encourage any artist you know around you by giving good art materials (which by the way are expensive and imported from outside the country)
  • You can give your support any which way.


So what do you think?

Please do not let art die within the artist. Please buy art from the artist and not cheap copies you find on the streets. If not, don’t buy it at all. Its just too painful.

You can reach me and i’ll guide you on how to support real art in Nigeria.

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Note: All the pictures were taken with my phone hence the picture quality.


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