1 By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu
2 Lagos, Nov. 28, 2021 (NAN) The Rector of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, has advised that recommendations offered at the inaugural meeting of Art Schools in Nigeria be incorporated in the curriculum of Art Schools.
3 Omokungbe, represented by Dr Titilayo Ukabam, Deputy Rector, Academics, YABATECH, in his address at the meeting on Friday, said that the measure would go a long way to move and take Arts Education in Nigeria forward.
4 “This meeting is for stakeholders to rub minds together.
5 “I urge creative intermediaries and representatives of art schools here present to incorporate recommendations to boost teachings of art in the curriculum of tertiary institutions in Nigeria,” he said.
7 It was also to critically discuss and work out possible solutions, collaborations and development plans towards instituting Art Museums across Nigeria’s tertiary education sphere.
8 Earlier, Mr Yemisi Shyllon, Member, Board of Trustees, Yaba Art Museum, who spoke on challenges confronting the sector in the country, noted that art works in Nigeria were not being given adequate attention.
9 Shyllon, who is currently Nigeria’s largest private art collector, pointed out that ethnographic art works, due to religious indoctrinations, are being labelled or seen as “juju” (fetish) by people.
10 He frowned and kicked against the restitution of the stolen art works, adding that “we do no have the capacity to preserve them the way they ought to be preserved when the stolen or looted art work are brought back to the country.
11 ” It is rather unfortunate that people are so biased that even with restitution of our stolen art work, the ability to hold and see the value will not be there,” Shyllon said.
13 ” I, therefore, want us to really a look on this area and ensure that we do the needful that will bring back the lost value of these cultural heritage in our art work.” Dabesaki added.
14 On the sideline, Dr Odun Orimolade, Curator of the Yaba Art Museum, revealed that the museum was not just for showcasing only artworks, but also an education-based institution where learning and teaching take place.
15 Orimolade reiterated that Yaba Art Museum would continue to improve on its efforts through art works and other activities in order to promote the sector and encourage youths to develop their career in the field.
16 NAN also reports that the Yaba Art Museum, a project funded by Ford Foundation, was recently listed as one of Lagos State Tourism sites by Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
17 It was unveiled in November 2020 and has been at the forefront of presenting arts exhibitions which support youth advocacy, social justice, sexual harassment and gender-based violence. (NAN)