National Art competition for children 2018.


Theme: “The Nigeria of my dream”

Eligible participants:

Students in JSS1-SSS3 classes in Nigerian secondary schools


Format: Painting, drawing, mixed media, poster

Medium: poster colour, oil colour or acrylic, pastel, pen & ink, gouache, pentil etc.

Size– not exceeding 60*45cm (posters only)

Colour– free style.

Note– Photography is Prohibited.

Please supply the following information the back of each work:
i.Full name
iv. School
v.Tittle of work
vi. School stamp and principals signature
vii. Phone number of student, Art teacher and parents.

Entries Should be addressed and submitted to:


Policy, Government and public affairs Chevron Nigerian limited. 17, Hon, Justice Mohammed Bello street Asokoro, Abuja

Federal Ministry of Education.
Federal secretariat phase III. RM 8.08(2nd floor) Abuja.

Policy, Government and public affairs, Chevron, Nigeria Limited. 2, Chevron Drive, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki Peninsula, Lagos.

Policy, Government and public affairs, Chevron, Nigeria Limited, Km 4, Warri New Port Expressway, Warri, Delta State.


Chevron Liason Office, Major oputa street, By Chief Amange street, GRA, yenagoa Bayelsa state.

Deadline /closing date

July 30, 2018.

For enquiries please contact

Joy Oziomaaka
Phone (01-2772222) Ext:68210


American embassy sponsors 12 artists for a upcycle art workshop.

12 artist was selected from different parts of Nigeria to participate in the IICD 3 weeks upcycling art workshop which ended today, Thursday the 3rd of May 2018. The workshop was sponsored by the American Embassy. Mr Nduwhite the curator of the show commended the artists for their cooperation and their ability to work as a team without squabbles.

Speaking to guests at the event, Mr Larry Socha (Cultural affairs officer, Us Embassy) said the purpose for this project was to focus on the entrepreneul aspect of recycled art, to enlighten the society and to partly celebrate the world earth day.
See pictures below.

A Chandelier made from waste

mr Dada one of the fascilitators

Two guests taking a pose with a work

mr Larry addressing the public

Izu Muoneme’s upcycled art.

phillips Nzekwe addressing the public


It was November of 2017 that my cousin, Chinonso, visited her friend in the city of Owerri. She had discovered in her friends room, an old dusty painting with the tittle:” TUTU by Ben Enwonwu” boldly written on it.  She snapped the work with her phone, knowing my love for art, sent it to me saying ” look what I found”.  But she did not know, it was the most sort after painting by an African modernist. She did not also know the worth. To cut the long story short, I was disappointed it was print; I was ecstatic about the fact that it was TUTU, I really felt like I found it.

3 months later, TUTU  was discoverd by Giles Peppiatt, the director of modern African art at the auction house Bonhams.

 And I ask:

What was an African legendary painting doing in a London flat?

why do we have all the prints littered in our country, and not the original ? (I hope someday we find one original here)

why should it be estimated to worth less than a million pounds?

Simple Facts about TUTU

-TUTU is a Ben Enwonwu’s 1974 painting of the Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi, known as Tutu.

-It is a national icon in Nigeria, with poster reproductions hanging on walls in homes all over the country.

-It was painted around 1973,  3 years after the civil war, and so it served as an icon of  peace and National reconciliation.

-it is also regarded as the Mona Lisa of Africa.

-It is estimated to be worth £200,000 to £300,000

– Tutu has been slated to sale at Bonhams in London on 28 February and is expected to sell for between £200,000 and £300,000. 

– Tutu is regarded as his greatest masterpiece.

– Two other versions are still missing.
Since  the sale will also be broadcast live to bidders in Lagos, The Nigerian Government should be sure to buy the work as opposed to living it in the hands of an individual collector, while the search for the others continue.

To Live a Legend; To be Remembered as one.

(Image source: Bruce Onabrakpeya Foundation)
Yesterday 7th of of November 2017, Ace Artist prof Bruce Onabrakpeya was conferred with the National Merit Award by the Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We would also recall that earlier this year, he received  a  honorary Doctorate Degree from the Delta state University, Abraka.

He is the second winner of Nigeria’s Creativity award, which has only been awarded to Chinua Achebe, as well as been named LIVING HUMAN TREASURE by UNESCO in 2006.

Read also: Simple Facts about Bruce Onabrakpeya that you may not know

Bruce Onabrakpeya award did not come unmerited, even at 85 he had worked- and keeps working- to remain one of the most influential and inspiring artist from Africa.

We wish him more feathers to his hardworking cap.

Anambara born student wins National art competition.

​Nwadike chizoba David From Anambara State, a Jss3 student of Redeemed people’s academy Jos, yesterday became the first prize winner of the national art competition for secondary schools that was organized by Chevron; NNPC; and ministry of education Nigeria with his painting titled : Civic Duties. 
“He also won first prize in sculpture during the children days art competition in JOS as organised by NGA” a close source revealed.

His teacher has described him as a bundle of talent and as one who has great passion for art.

The first price winner will get 100,000 naira per year as scholarship All through his school year.

 Congratulations to him.

Dike Chukwumerije breaks record: Makes more than One Million naira in one Night with poetry.

Few years ago, there was nothing like the comedy industry. There were just random guys who followed their passion to entertain and make people happy. Years later into their hard work, the comedy industry boasts of big names like AY,Ali Baba, Basket mouth, and others. Infact the industry is the one competing side by side with the Music Industry.

Dike and his crew @ the made in Nigeria show. Photo credit-Minabj.

Today, the poetry industry in Nigeria just grew from a baby to a teenager. Dike CHUKWUMERIJE becomes the first poet in Nigeria to make over a Million Naira in a single Night of poetry performance, with his Made in Nigeria brand getting bigger and bigger. The show was held at Merit House, Abuja on the 1st to 2nd of October, celebrating the story of Nigeria in Hundred years in theatre. It also marked Nigeria 57th birthday. His Tickets sold out. We would remember he had a nation wide tour with the brand this year. History would remember his efforts, and this would encourage other poets in Nigeria never to give up.  

The news came today when he took to his official Facebook page to express his joy. He boasted:

“This is how we did it. So, let me tell you, if anybody ever asks you if you know any poet in Nigeria with a collection of 20 poems who has in one night of reading made up to N1m in sales, tell them you do. This is not a boast. It’s just a recognition that no one is telling my story. So, here I am telling it. Keep walking. This is what I tell myself. For I have not yet executed my vision perfectly. And so, and so, it keeps calling me. Keep walking”

There are other Nigerians who are working hard or had worked hard to set the stage for the dawn of the next entertainment genre in Nigeria. There are the Likes of Sage Hassan who was doing spoken word in the 80s. There is the War of words stage which is the biggest poetry competition currently in Nigeria, organized by 12x media. They planned for war of words Africa with a cash price running to millions, but never achieved it this year. There are other organizations working hard to make it happen.

This year alone had recorded proliferation of poetry stages and shows, bringing poets to limelight.

Change is coming. Congratulations to Dike. But one question comes to mind:

Are we getting to the point where we would have recording deals, poets as brand ambassadors, poetry videos streaming live on our Tvs?

​The artist is not almighty; He is Human.

History can be a hoax; it can in the right hands turn myths into subtle realities and realities into uncertain myths. It begins from stereotypes which begets banal platitudes and gradually graduates to relative truths, what truth is, I really wonder. Leonardo da vinci would come to be a man with so much appraised story in the art world with a mix of fantasy, mystery, subtlety making up his story. One can never deny that he was a genius, but if you understand the politics of art, you would come to know that many times such stories are told to hold the minds of men, to hold true and dear, something approved by the powers that be- for whatever reason. The truth remains that there were African masters who were and are more introspective and creative, but I must say their crime was to have come from Africa, the third world and wretched of the earth. There are less myths about our very own Ben Enwonwu and KOFI Antubam or other African masters, and if there come to be any at all, it was something less motivating, less frugal and capable of damaging the skinny image of them in our heads- Africa never tells her stories.
But without deviating much, I want to remind us all of a constant truth that disturbs the mind. I have come to understand from a very long history that a greater percentage of artists usually die wretched or in misery. This is basically because of the reckless lifestyle associated with the art. We were thought and groomed into this lifestyle as we begin to practice, because we have the almighty perspective of the artist. The artist forgets, like any other profession or way of life it is greatly affected by the environment it thrives. Let’s take for example, that recession hits Nigeria. There are basically things that would hit the art:

Low sales,under representation of the art, broke artists, hungry artists, expensive art materials, high productivity and less returns et cetra.

This year for example, recorded a lot of fall in art sales especially in Nigeria. I attended a lot of shows from January, and for those I didn’t attend, made inquiries. The sales dropped. Even at auction houses. That’s an example. 

I have been around a lot of contemporary masters, and to tell you the truth they have all made lots of mistake because of the “The almighty artist” thing. Now, no one can rule out that the artist is powerful, but so is the politician, the lawyer, the doctor and in fact a whole lot of others. But our uniqueness is like that of the scientist, which is, creating something from nothing. But we should not forget we are humans too.  I have seen painters work with harmful chemicals with no safety measures- and I have seen painters die from the after effect. Most importantly artist out of carelessness do not care for their health among other things. Like the Americans would say, they just wing it. Jean Micheal Basquiat died at 27 and Massacio 27 too, Yves klein 34. There are others maybe to mention also that van Gough only added a decade on 27.


Doesn’t the knowledge of the fallibility of the artist discourage Artistic prowess?

I would be straightforward in answering this question. 

“It doesn’t”

Let me put it in a quote properly.

“Courage is not fearlessness, but knowing what to fear”

Knowing your limits doesn’t mean you are weak; on the contrary, it means you are strong enough to acknowledge them, and by acknowledging them you find a way to overcome them- For one cannot solve a problem he doesn’t acknowledge exists.

This year, I had a talk with master artist Demas Nwoko and from all he said I picked something:

“If what you have to offer to the world is of the mind, then do not live in the body” simple but loaded with unanswered questions. I have also met some people who knew Christopher Okigbo, they described him as the most creative of them all. But he died with all that because of recklessness.
Simple recommendations

-Know when to play safe.

-Eat well

-Exercise well

-Keep your body and mind safe at all times

-Apply safety cautions in using materials especially toxic ones.
I watched an interview by a popular 90 years German writer and his advice was simple:

“The most important thing for the artist is to stay alive” 

Do not die for what you are willing to live for. You better stay alive and watch your works sell millions than be in your grave to answer the most creative of them all. Be wise.