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We’ll Turn National Gallery of Art to wealth creation, employment generation agency– DG

We’ll Turn National Gallery of Art to wealth creation, employment generation agency– DG

By Demola Abimboye
The Director General of the National Gallery of Art, NGA, Simon Odey Ikpakronyi PhD, has promised to explore all possible avenues for public-private partnership to ensure that there is a tremendous upswing in the appreciation of visual art in Nigeria.
“I want to reiterate today, NGA’s commitment to the collective objective of ensuring that Nigerian visual art becomes a veritable and dependable tool for wealth creation, self-reliance and employment generation in line with the vision of the Muhammadu Buhari administration,” he declared at this year’s edition of Distinguished Annual Lecture of the agency.
Today’s event was the first time in eight years the NGA would hold its annual distinguished lecture, one of about eleven of its key programmes. The last lecture was held in 2012.
The distinguished lecture was designed to advance the course of knowledge in visual arts in particular and arts generally. It is aimed primarily at educating stakeholders as well as the public on the various aspects of Nigerian visual arts.
More important, it is a forum where eminent scholars deliver well researched papers on carefully chosen topics which are deeply analysed for the benefit of professional artists, arts teachers, art researchers, administrators, scholars, students of visual arts at different levels and the public.
The event held at the Radio House, Abuja, was attended by many prominent Nigerians including Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha, chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama; His Royal Highness, Sidi Bage Muhammad 1, JSC (rtd.) Emir of Lafian Bare-Bari; diplomats and arts lecturers and students from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory.
Professor Jerry Buhari, a professor of Fine Arts at ABU, Zaria, was the guest lecturer. He spoke on (RE)CURRENT ISSUES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA ART.
Ikpakronyi noted that the 2020 edition of the annual lecture is starting with another generation of Nigerian artists. “Professor Jerry Buhari from the Ahmadu Bello University is the youngest among those who have delivered the Distinguished Lecture,” he said.
The NGA boss promised that the agency will continue its time honoured tradition of contributing to the body of knowledge through this event as well as other programmes. “NGA will also continue the trajectory of promoting Nigerian artists and their art works. In doing so, we shall strengthen our collaborations and association with Art Schools, Studio Artists, Art Scholars and the Diplomatic Community through their cultural centres,” he said.
Ambassador Umaru Azores Sulaiman, chairman, governing board of NGA, was elated that the leadership of the parastatal has brought back one of the signature progammes. “This is very commendable,” he said.
He appealed to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, that it was high time the NGA got an edifice. “This will ensure a permanent home for its many collections and a space to host permanent and temporary exhibitions,” he said.
According to him, such an edifice will attract local and international tourists who will pay minimal amounts to view the works. “This is another way of generating income for the government. I believe getting a befitting structure for the national Gallery of Art should be pursued with the same vigour as that of repatriating our artifacts abroad,” he said.

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