The Ogun State Government says it has concluded arrangements to exhibit the personal art collections of Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate in Literature, as part of a Touring Exhibition scheduled for Wednesday.
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Olu Odeyemi, accompanied by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Olayinka Kukoyi, made this known in Abeokuta at a press conference on the event tagged ‘Orisun’, a touring
He disclosed that, the opening ceremony for the exhibition is scheduled to hold at Olumo Rock Tourists Complex, in Abeokuta, the state capital, and that other collections, which must be from the state indigenes, are also being considered.
Mr. Odeyemi explained that the event is inspired by the vision of the present administration to promote, preserve, and propagate cultural ideals and values for the promotion of the state’s tourism potentials for social, cultural, and economic benefits.
“This exhibition is designed to collect works of Ogun State Artists in particular and then showcase them to attest to the geniuses and exemplary creativity in delivery. These works will further impress it that Ogun State is still leading and pioneering many fields of human endeavours,” he said.
The Commissioner also said the certification process for this exhibition has commenced with a call for entry or submission of works, and would be followed by selection amidst mild adjudication. He said selected works would be exhibited for two weeks.
He stated further that exhibited works have a chance of being selected as part of the touring art exhibition at the London Olympics.
“This will serve as a medium of connection and re-awakening to our brothers in diaspora. Truly Orisun [the source] must not be forgotten. The exhibition will feature works from notable artists in the area of
painting, sculpture, ceramic etc.
“It is noteworthy to inform you that some works from personal collections of Professor Wole Soyinka will also be exhibited. In fact, Society of Nigerian Artists is represented in this programme,” he said.