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Argungu series 2 Art Exhibition opens April 30




For sometime now, painter Moses Eboigbodin Oghagbon has been reminiscing about his stay in Kebbi State, where he had his national youth service, with Argungun, an international fishing festival.

Using the theme for his art exhibitions, Argungun 2, which opens on April 30 and runs till May 14 from 9am to 10pm, the artist aims at showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Kebbi people, highlighting the importance of peace and the need to build cordial relationship among people of different backgrounds and tribes.

Holding at the Moorhouse, Ikoyi, Lagos, the opening, which begins at 3pm, will be graced by the governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, while the royal father would be the Emir of Argungun, Alhaji Samaiila Muhammadu Mera.

Speaking on the show Oghagbon, said, “Argungu Art Exhibitions is born out of the need to engender positive propagation and promotion of the artistic heritage of the Argungu Emirate of Kebbi State for development. It is important to acknowledge that visual documentation/representations are very potent tools of communication for social consciousness and orientation. Information re-vibrates indelibly in the recipient’s sub-conscious perpetually.”

He disclosed that the exhibition would showcase diverse drawings and paintings in different media from the fishing festival.

Started in 1934, Argungu was introduced as a goodwill gesture and celebration of peace between the people of Sokoto and Argungu, who hitherto had been at war. However, with time the festival has grown to be the largest fishing and cultural event in the country, drawing tourists across the globe to the state.

Some of his past group and joint shows, include Scapes From Nigeria held at Nike Art Gallery, Lekki Lagos (2011); Argungu Series 1 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, 2013 among many others.

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