In new show, Orisun Gallery explores relationship between women, arts
Orisun Art Gallery, Abuja, recently played host to young women as its own contribution towards the celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD).
For the Executive Director of the gallery, Dr. Adebola Adetunmbi, the gathering was not only to celebrate women for their uniqueness but also to mobilise them for action towards socio-economic empowerment and self-assertion.
An art collector, entrepreneur, educator and gender enthusiast, Adetunmbi stated that it was also an opportunity to explore the relationship between women and the arts.
With over 20 young women in attendance, the serenity of the environment provided the necessary ambience to admire the stocked art pieces while interrogate the place of women in the society as both creators and sustainers of humanity.
Exploring the theme of the year – ‘Break the Bias’, Adetunmbi decried the level of discrimination suffered by women in some African societies including Nigeria, and harped on the need for women to unite as a formidable force to confront their challenges.
Looking at the number of women across the world and Nigeria in particular, she said the moment women learn to support and tolerate one another, they would experience the desired growth and make progress in their socio-political and economic endeavours.
Adetunmbi, therefore, called on Nigerian women to adopt excellence and merit as their watchword rather than expect to be pitied on the basis of their gender.
On the panel was Mrs. Confidence Chukwu, an art educator and a professional artist, who shared her experiences as a woman on her way to the top.
She admonished the audience to break the bias by challenging discriminations against women. She also urged them to be more resolute in their desire to excel.
The Manager, Orisun Gallery, Mr. Femi Coker, reiterated the significant roles and contributions of women in building a robust and healthy society.
He also urged women to work hard towards breaking the stereotype impressions held about women by the society, which he felt, has limited most of them from maximising their potential.
For the guests, it was an evening of stock-taking and networking, as they took turns to narrate their experiences and made insightful and instructive contributions to the theme of the day.
Also in attendance was Dr. Silvia Tagbo-Okeke, an engineer by profession and a mother to a prodigious autistic artist. She encouraged women generally to strive towards changing their narratives, and be the best in whatever they aspire to accomplish.