Nigeria requires arts and culture in national integration – Onobrapkeya


Prof._Bruce_Onobrakpeya_MFRA renowned artist, Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya, has said that Nigeria is in the threshold of change in orientation and national integration and requires arts and culture to depict the evolution.

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Onobrakpeya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that it was an integral part of every society and that Nigeria had a lot of resources to harness in arts.

He spoke at the preview of his forthcoming exhibition titled “recent experiment”, which would hold at the Temple Museum, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He explained that the exhibition would highlight the progress, challenges and ideas of arts and culture in the country, saying that arts and culture had become “continuous living for the people”.

Onobrakpeya said that the time had come for Nigerian arts and culture to be rated among the best on the world stage.

He said, “Unity through the arts is a critical ingredient for the development of the country. We have a lot to be harnessed in the area of arts.

“An art is a thought and creating it gradually for it to tell a story and send a message to the people is very vital.

“Nigerian arts and culture need to help enhance national integration and speed up national development.”

According to him, Nigeria requires a type of art that will reflect its ongoing effort to achieve a meaningful development and cultural identity.

Mr Ifie Sekibo, Managing Director, Heritage Bank, sponsors of the exhibition said that his organisation would continue to support the promotion of arts and culture for the development of the nation’s economy.

NAN reports that 63 works of arts of 81-year old Onobrakpeya will be exhibited in wood, wax, metal, paintings-on-canvas and others. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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