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Oshodi Arts Gallery set to partner Lagos arts, tourism for sector development

By Florence Utor
27 April 2022   |   2:45 am
The Oshodi Arts Gallery, Ikorodu, recently took a Lagos State delegation on a tour of its impressive collection at its mini-museum that houses over 17,000 cultural artefacts.

Akinbile-Yusuf (middle), Oshodi (left) and other delegates at the event.

The Oshodi Arts Gallery, Ikorodu, recently took a Lagos State delegation on a tour of its impressive collection at its mini-museum that houses over 17,000 cultural artefacts.

The CEO of the Gallery, Oshodi Seyi Paul, who took his guests, comprising the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf and the Committee on Tourism, Lagos State House of Assembly on tour of the gallery, explained to them the act of creating shrewd artworks from sculpture, paintings, including formulating other valuable crafts.

In a bid to maintain a progressive relationship with the ministry, Paul drew the commissioner’s attention to the apprenticeship programme positioned around the gallery and its capacity to train interested art enthusiasts across the state, thereby creating adequate employment opportunities in return.

Akinbile-Yussuf lauded the gallery, dubbing it a blessing to the tourism industry and a special attraction in Lagos State.

She said: “It is another goldmine sitting within the confines of Lagos State. I am amazed at all the collections kept here. I never imagined we will have this kind of art collection centre in Ikorodu.”

She said the Lagos State government is committed to letting people know that such a place exists.

She assured the gallery the ministry is planning to have a state exhibition for galleries like that of Oshodi arts to showcase itself and, promised to work with the gallery. She also pledged to look at areas for necessary partnership.

Paul in his remarks, thanked the commissioner and her delegates adding that he looks forward to more creative contributions and support from the ministry.