Ekanem Oyo-Ita commends NGA For Documentation of Nigeria Visual Arts Founders

HRH Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar charged other traditional rulers to fight for cultural Sustainance.

Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, Head of civil service of the federation

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and event’s Special Guest of Honour, Mrs. Ekanem Oyo-Ita made this know in her good will message delivered at the public presentation of book on Professor Jimo Akolo, yesterday in Abuja.

Prof. Jimo Akolo, celebrated Eminent Scholar and Painter

She made the remark as one of the pioneers in visual art, Prof. Akolo are being celebrated, an outstanding scholar and notable painter, she commended the National Gallery of Art for their efforts in documentation of the Visual Arts founders in Nigeria, that she understood that they also have standard publications on art icons like Uche Okeke, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Yusuf Grillo, T. A Fasuyi and rest others.

She states, ” These Artists went on to make waves in the sector for generations”.

HRH Yahaya Abubakar launching the book

She added that Prof. Akolo did not just paints but uses works of Arts to draw attention to human interest issues.

The Royal father of the day, HRH Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar, ETSU NUPE, who was the book chief launcher said during interview with the press after unveiling of Exhibition gallery, that it is a high time parents start teaching their children about the cultural aspect of their origin that will make them understand where they are coming from, then they can know where they are going.

Cultural display

Chairman, Niger state council of traditional rulers, Dr. Abubakar also siezed the opportunity to charge other traditional rulers to educate their subjects why they should allow their children to study Arts in school.
“We are custodians of culture and that’s why I am here physically to support what is being done today, and celebrate an icon, one the pioneers of Nigeria visual Arts.

And I am asking other traditional rulers to educate their subjects on reasons of why they should encourage and allow their children to study Arts in the school for our cultural sustainance as we are their  custodians”, he said.

He implored everybody to read the book and imbibe those qualities that made Prof. Akolo to reach peak of his career before retirment.

Royal father at the gallery looking at one Akolo’s his painting

Also Speaking, Deputy Director of Documentation and Monitoring at Gallery of Arts, Nigeria, Mr. James Irabor who is among those tutored by celebrated Prof. Jimo Akolo whose work on paintings was on display, described Akolo as living legend that has excelled at his vocation.

He went further to emphasize what they are doing to promote visual Arts in Nigeria.
He says, “We encourage the practice and study of Arts from the grassroots. We do talent hunt starting from nursery, primary to even tertiary institutions.

“We have talent hunts where we celebrate children day annually. Most of Nigeria children are not yet acquited on what Arts is, unlike developed countries where Arts are so valued that you can even used it as collateral to collect loans from banks. It is not the same here, our orientations are quite different. When I was younger Arts is a compulsory course in primary schools”.

He added that until people on top start doing something about reviving and promoting Arts, Arts will not have rightful place in our lives as everything about life is art.

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