Foundation explains rationale behind N3bn art museum at PAU
The need to groom students in core humanities and art courses as obtained in developed climes, is what informed the sponsorship of a N3bn Art Museum Project, at the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU), Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, by the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Art Foundation (OYASAF).
Speaking during a visit to the site of the museum, which is under construction at the school, Founder/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Mr. Yemisi Shyllon, who donated N100m for its commencement, expressed the foundation’s desire to promote and preserve African culture and heritage in the traditional and contemporary arts.
He said the museum will not only be beneficial to students, but also to the country and the world at large, “as it will help preserve the history of generations of people and generations before my time. It will also help to internationalise the university.”
“Great universities like Yale, Stanford and Harvard have their own museums. The entire essence is that it helps to train students in humanities and art to give a kind of tangibility to the intangibility of all the knowledge that is poured into them. Masters’ degree students can write projects from the art works in the museum, undergraduate students can equally write their projects from the art works too.
He continued, “One thing that drives me is legacy. The museum is a selfless gift from my family to the world. When I use the word selfless, I do not intend to generate whatsoever from the museum. We are committing over N3b at current dollar rate in the building and stocking of the museum to leave a legacy about the little contribution that I can give the world in my time. Every reasonable human being should leave a legacy in selfless basis without expecting anything in return.”
Explaining that PAU will oversee the use and management of the museum, he added, “it is expected that the museum will be used to provide knowledge and education to the world as that is the main purpose.”
Manager, University Development and External Relations, PAU, Dr. Chidi Nwagu, said the museum is the first art museum in a Nigerian university that is being funded by an individual, adding that the foundation, will also provide yearly funding for the running of the museum for 15 years.