Paramount ruler of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi (Adegorushen V) on Friday, 20th of May 2022, visited the Oshodi Arts promenade.
The Ayangburen of Ikorodu Kingdom ably chaperoned by his council of Baales took an extensive tour of the 2nd largest art collection centre in Nigeria, which is based in Ikorodu.
Wowed by the masterwork that housed over 17,000 art anthologies that range from paintings, sculptures, ceramics and many more, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi in his joyous reaction, proclaimed the Art collection centre a blessing not only to the entire Ikorodu division but to Nigeria at large.
Observing art enthusiasts being educated by the sculpture centre, the King reacted, “I’ve been hearing about this art centre in Ikorodu, and today, I decided to come myself and have a first hand visual of what the centre harbours”
“It is more than an art centre, this is an institution because it doesn’t only train students aspiring to be art professionals, it entrusts them to be established in the industry, created joy opportunities in the process”
“We have so many youths who’ve not gotten to the crossroad of making life determinations, this sector has a lot to offer and channelling the inklings of youngsters towards the creative realm like this is a good niche cultivated by this organisation”.
“I must give kudos to (Dr Oshodi Paul) the CEO of this organisation, and I want to let him know that the door is officially opened for him to work with our office on every necessary measure to help develop the ed Ikorodu division via his medium”
“I am glad such a huge agency has come to stay in Ikorodu during my reign over this great region of ours” the Ayangburen of Ikorodu kingdom expanded
Dr Oshodi Seyi Paul (CEO of Oshodi Arts Gallery), in excitement after taking the king on a substantial tour through the different studio sessions of the gallery, elucidated the concept of the centre to the king.
Dr Oshodi Paul continued, the relationship between arts and culture goes hand in hand, that’s why we’re very happy to have the Ayangburen of Ikorodu kingdom accepting our invitation to come and see what we’re doing in Ikorodu through Art”.
“We train, orientate, empower and direct their crafts, this has made us the go-to art master crafts in all of Lagos and Nigeria”.
“We’re sure through synergy with the office of His Royal Majesty, there are many ways we’ll impact this region, that’s why we prepared ourselves to have the king of this region come and see what we’ve had to offer the waterbed land, and are sure he’s convinced of our capacity today”.
The King was subsequently presented with an honorary painting gift of himself courtesy of Oshodi Arts Gallery to commemorate his visit to the gallery.