Nike Arts opens gallery in Abuja
As part of efforts aimed at improving the nation’s arts and cultural heritage, Nike Arts is set to commission a new gallery in Abuja. Addressing journalists in Lagos, last week, Chief Nike Okundaye’s husband, Chief Reuben Okundaye, said the gallery would be open on March 28, 2023, at 10.00am.
Okundaye said the Abuja Gallery is going to be massive and one of the best in the country, adding, a lot of dignitaries will grace the event. He said art provides therapeutic value, decorative value and it is also good for investment purposes.
According to him, “in 2000, we went to Abuja and approached government to give us a land to build a cultural centre for Nike Art Foundation, which they graciously granted and allocated.
“That edifice has been completed, it is a massive art gallery facing the Defence College. I celebrate my wife whenever she achieves something big, because whenever Nike decides to do something, she does it well,” he stated.
Fielding questions from journalists, ‘Mama’ Nike, as she is popularly called, stressed that she chose March for the opening of the gallery, because it is the month when women are celebrated.
While stressing the need to support female artists, Nike said she uses artist with richly detailed and arresting batik images to chronicle her society’s contradictory views towards women.
To redress some of social disadvantages faced by women, she said there is a centre for arts and culture, where apprenticeship model is used for training aspiring artists.
She added that it is commitment towards the economic well being of the centre’s artists. Established in 1983 in Osogbo, Osun State, she said Nike Arts Centre has provided trainings to hundreds of aspiring young performance artists and crafts people.