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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.

Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:16 Yinka Olatunbosun News
No fewer than 60 young artists from six states in the Niger-Delta have graduated from a two-week “Art of the Delta’’ workshop designed to improve their skills while creating opportunities for self-employment. 

The training is the outcome of a partnership between Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) operated Joint Venture and the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF). It was attended by talented artists from Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers states.

“I thank SPDC for this partnership which has taken another set of youths out of the unemployment market,” said the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, at the graduation ceremony at Agbarha-Otor, Delta State. The art-loving monarch added: “Continuing this initiative in the years to come will also go a long way to protect the cultural heritage of the people of Niger Delta.”

In same same vein, the Ovie of Agbarha-Otor Kingdom, Richard Oghenevwogaga Ebelle, also commended the partnership and urged the artists to justify the confidence reposed in them.


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