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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:30 Francis Odupute Academic
Francis Odupute interviews Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya.

The Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF) is an artist-led non-governmental organization formed in 1989, with the mission to engender the growth of art and culture through the provision of opportunities for artists to improve themselves through skills acquisition and empowerment, to promote and develop public interest in the visual arts by creating awareness for the intrinsic values of African art and its benefits to society. The Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation has been an enduring player in the visual arts scene since its inception in Nigeria. It organizes, among other internationally acclaimed art events, the annual Harmattan Workshop at Agbara’Otor in Delta State. In an exclusive Interview with ARTVOICES INTERNATIONAL, the founder and chairman of the foundation shared some insights into the annual creative interface in Agbara’Otor and challenges facing the proect. Excerpts:

*May we meet you sir?

Well, I’m Bruce Onobrakpeya. I am the chairman of Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF). What you see here is a dream, a vision I had many years ago, because I have attended similar institutions, both in Nigeria and abroad, and going back to sixteen to seventeen years now, we have been coming here, sometimes once or twice a year, some times several times a year, just to practice Art in order to make sure that both professionals and beginners in the Art grew and that the Art of the country takes preeminence, takes a very, very noble place that our Art in the past has put Nigeria. So, what you see now is just an afternoon when someone from outside, from a tertiary institution, has come to interact with us who are an informal education system. So that is we and that is where we are.

Sunday, 15 September 2013 00:00 AVI Academic
The Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), Edo State Chapter may have a last woken up, and has held its first ever national conference and exhibition, with a clarion call to Artists in Edo State particularly, and Nigeria in general, to become serious with their business so that the society will in turn take them serious. Could this be a new dawn for the visual arts community in Edo State?

In a lengthy but pensive welcome address during the event opening last weekend at the SunBeach  Resort in Benin City, venue of the event,  Mr Simeon Ijoye, the immediate past dean of the School of Art and Design, Auchi Polytechnic, and founding chair of the SNA Edo State chapter, noted that the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) as the umbrella body of Art practice in Nigeria has been in existence as far back as 1963, but regretted that “ SNA, for the first time in Edo state, is doing something; I stand to be challenged by anybody.”

The Edo State SNA chair said that was the first of its kind by SNA in Edo State and that the founding executive members were eager to leave positive footprints in the sands of time; “so that it will go down in the annals of history that this exco was here!…that at this juncture this very exco took over and went ahead, by the grace of God, to articulate an occasion of this nature, ably piloted by our young yet ebullient and visionary S.A. to the Edo State Governor on Arts and Culture”.