World-renowned and most famous Nigerian artist, Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya, at the coming 2023 annual Conference on Art and Development (CONADEV) scheduled to begin on November 7 to 9, at the Exhibition Pavilion, Garki, Abuja where Onabrakpeya, being in a class of his own, will be honoured with the ‘Lord of the Arts’ Accolade,
Others to be honoured at the SNA event include Nigerian-born British Architect and CEO of DBLO Construction, Abiodun Olutayo, who, himself, is an avid collector of rare artworks across Africa, will be conferred with the Honorary Fellowship Award (HFSNA) in recognition of his architectural excellence by developing concepts in building and civil engineering construction that integrate models in classical and modern arts. His company, DBLO Construction, wholly designed and built the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in Abuja, which President Muhammadu Buhari recently unveiled. The NCTC currently ranks as one of Nigeria’s most advanced architectural masterpieces among modern buildings worldwide.
The theme of the 2023 CONADEV is ‘Refocusing the Art, Through Theory and Practice Towards Nation Building’. According to the SNA President, Muhammad Sulaiman, this theme underscores the need for a paradigm shift in the theory and practice of visual arts in Nigeria and to key into national development. He described the awardees as “worthy Nigerians who have contributed meaningfully to the growth and development of visual arts in Nigeria”.
SNA has been at the forefront of art promotion in Nigeria since it was founded in 1963 by Aina Onabolu, Ben Enwonwu, Uche Okeke, and Bruce Onobrakpeya, among others. Prosper Akeni, the current Secretary General of SNA, told Law Times that the society was formed to “strategically promote professionalism by positioning Nigerian visual arts and artists for local and international recognition”.
The doyen of African arts, Professor Onabrakpeya established the Bruce Onabrakpeya International Art Gallery in Delta State of Nigeria. The gallery serves as a major tourism destination which attracts international visitors all year round. In early 2023, Arch. Olutayo visited the International Arts Gallery where, according to him, he shared memorable and defining moments with the doyen, himself, on contemporary and classical issues of art creation and applications to life.
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