Monday, March 26, 2018

Ota Art Fair 2018

A two days Art exhibition was held between Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March 2018. This Art showpiece being one of its kind was organized by a group of artists including Mr Azeem Olayemi Bello who happened to be the head, department of Fine Art at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta and other prominent artists who came under the umbrella of Ota Art Fair group.
 Venue was the Ogun State Recreation Centre along Ilo-Awela road. The aim is to bring forth talents, promote art within and around Ota, also to further extend art appreciation and patronage to the town and its environs.
The opening ceremony witnessed various activities with an array of artworks on display by various artists. About 30 artists participated in different genres of art; painting, photography, sculpture, performance art and mixed media.
Students from Iganmode Grammar School and other art enthusiasts came in their numbers to grace the occasion and to learn from the Guest Speaker of the day was the person of Engr. Yemisi Shyllon, a mega art collector and enthusiast who spoke to the audience on Challenges and Solutions to the Development of Tourism in Nigeria.
Gracing the occasion was the Royal Father of the day in no other person than His Royal Majesty Oba Dr. Adeyemi Abudukabir Obalanlege, the Olota of Ota. The Olota urged everyone to embrace the promotion of our culture as this will help promote tourism and further boost the revenue and economy of the state. He enjoined everyone to join hands in the upliftment of Ota. Kabiyesi equally showed his appreciation to the organizers for putting up such a great event.
Several cultural display was held to entertain guests including performance from the masquerade 'egungun'.
This being the maiden edition of Ota Art Fair, the organizers say it is scheduled to be an annual event and subsequent ones promise to be bigger and better.

Below are pictures from the fair...   
Photo Credit: Cynthia Njoku (CyAN Concepts)
some artworks on display
 Ota 'n' Environs Publisher Abiodun Ogundele given a tour round the fair

 Students of Iganmode Grammar School admiring artworks on display
 Students fascinated by the beautiful array of works
 Olota of Ota and the Guest Speaker of the day flanked by the organizing team
 More artworks on display
 Rapt attention to the Guest Speaker
 Engr. Yemisi Shyllon giving his speech

 The Egungun (masquerade) Performance
 A gift presented to the Olota of Ota by the organizers
 Students of Iganmode with the organizers of the fair

Cross section of the organizing team

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