Best Ochigbo is a professor of painting at the University of Uyo.
A former Honourable General – Secretary of the Society of Nigerian Artists, he has also served as an inspector of education at the Ministry of Education, Owerri from 1986 – 1993.
Ochigbo holds a BA in fine and applied arts and a PhD in mass communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. An accomplished painter, his concept of art focuses on pan-cultural and trans- historical values.
Michael Omoighe is a painter, curator, art critic and teacher.
He studied at; Yaba College of Technology (1978, National Diploma); Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi (1980, Higher National Diploma); University of Lagos (1987, certificate in polytechnic management) and at the University of Ibadan (1994, Master’s degree in visual arts communication).
Omoighe has served as the Dean of Student Affairs at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, as well as the Nigerian President of the International Association of Art Critics.
Victor Ecoma is a painter and an anthropologist.
He studied fine and applied arts at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and is a professor in painting, art history and anthropology. He presently heads the Department of Fine Arts, University of Calabar in Cross River State, Nigeria.
Prince Obiefuna Igboamazu is a former General Secretary of the Anambra State Chapter of the Society of Nigerian Artists.
He studied sculpture at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (1985) and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (2014).
Igboamazu has also chaired the 2010 exhibition, Rebirth to commemorate the ‘rejuvenation’ of the chapter.
He is presently a senior lecturer at the Fine and Applied Arts Department, Federal Polytechnic, Anambra State.
Kunle Adeyemi is a printmaker and a former Vice President, West Chapter of the Society of Nigerian Artists. He presently teaches at Yaba Colllege of Technology where he heads the department of printmaking.
Adeyemi attended Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, University of Benin, and Lagos State University, Lagos, where he earned a Higher National Diploma with a specialisation in painting, a Masters of fine art degrees in graphic design specialising in printmaking, a Post Graduate Diploma in education, respectively. In addition, Kunle Adeyemi holds a PhD in studio arts (practice-led) from the Delta State University, Abraka, Delta, Nigeria.
Adeyemi was honoured with the Nigerian Institute of International Service Award in 2003, and won first place in the NYSC Art Exhibition Competition, Kano State in 1985. In 1984 Adeyemi emerged winner, Best Pictorial Composition Student, and in 1983, was the 3rd place winner of a national painting competition organized by Mobil Producing Plc.
Kunle Adeyemi has also delivered papers at both local and international conferences, seminars and lectures, as well as held over 14 solo exhibitions and participated in over 100 group shows in Nigeria and abroad.
Prof. Grace Ngozi Ogwu
Prof. Grace Ngozi Ogwu is the current Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Delta State University, Abraka.
She earned a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master of fine art from the University of Benin.
Ogwu has won much recognition for her work including an award for excellence as Ndokwa Woman of the Year and the Ceramic Researchers’ Association of Nigeria award for excellence in leadership.
Fred Akpomuje is the MD/CEO, Songhai Heritage Ltd.
A former lecturer at the Fine Art Department, University of Benin, he holds a BA with (first class honours) in fine arts (sculpture 1983), and an MFA (sculpture, 1987) from the same institution.
His works have been exhibited at several prestigious venues abroad including the Deutsch Apotheker Bank, Munich, Germany, (1985). In addition, Fred Akpomuje has completed many monumental sculpture commissions like Crucifix at St. Paul’s in Benin City, wall relief sculpture at the residence of the chairman of Freedom Industries Murals at the Cathedral, Okada.
Dr. Ken Okoli
Ken Okoli is a lecturer in the Department of Fine Art, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He holds a BA in fine arts (1994), an MFA degree (1988), and a PhD (art history 2007). Okoli is well published in several reputable journals local and international.
Sir Chuka Nnabuife
A former Honourable General Secretary of the Society of Nigerian Artists, Sir Chuka Nnabuife is currently the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation.
He studied fine and applied arts at IMT, Enugu, public administration at the University of Calabar and mass communication at the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University where he gained his Master’s degree.
An award-winning journalist, Nnabuife’s several honours include an African Merit Award.
Rosemary Egbuzie is the CEO of Rozzarts ltd, Sangotedo, Lekki, Lagos.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Delta State University, Abraka. She also gained an Associate degree in education and worked in the School District as an art and special education teacher.
In addition, Egbuzie has worked at an advertising agency in Lagos as a creative and finishing artist.
Rosemary Egbuzie is well exhibited in Nigeria.
John Ogene is a professor and head of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Benin. He holds an MFA in graphics (1984) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Dr Ademola Azeez has lectured at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos since 1996. He is a former General Secretary of the Lagos Chapter of the Society of Nigerian Artists.
Frank Ugiomoh is a Professor of art, history and Theory at the University of PortHarcourt, Rivers State.
John Agberia is Professor of fine arts and design at the University of PortHarcourt, Rivers State.
Agberia is; Research Fellow, ACU, Visiting Research Fellow to Pitt-Rivers Museum, University of Oxford and London Art Galleries; and Fellow to the Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia. He is the recipient of the Sainsbury Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award (1997), Norwich, for the study of African Arts and Ceramics of Hajia Dr. Ladi Kwali; the AG. Leventis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre of African Studies, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, for the study of African Arts.
Jacob Jari was born in 1960 in Kabwir, Plateau State, Nigeria. He studied at the Department of Fine Arts, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and holds master’s degrees in art history and painting.
Since graduating, Jari has taught art at his alma mater. Jacob has participated in many exhibitions and workshops at home and abroad. His focus is on reclaiming rejects and empowering them.
Lai Mohammed was born in 1952. He earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1975 and law degrees from the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School in 1986.
In 1989, Mohammed co-founded the legal firm of Edu & Mohammed as a Senior Partner. Lai Mohammed served as National Secretary of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Nigeria, and was appointed as Minister of Information and Culture in 2015.
Aino was born in Sweden and in 1962, earned her first degree in textile arts from the School of Arts and Crafts, Goteborg.
That same year, she opened her studio in Stockholm where she worked as a textile and design artist. Five years later, Aino received a grant from the Association of Swedish Arts and Crafts to study in England.
Oni-Okpaku established Quintessence Nigeria Ltd, which has for almost four decades promoted Nigerian art locally and internationally.
Oyenike Monica Okundaye
Chief (Mrs.) Oyenike Monica Okundaye better-known as “Nike” was born in 1951 in Ogidi-Ijumu, Kogi State. She is presently the proprietor of the Nike Art Galleries in Lagos and Osogbo.
Kavita Chellaram is the founder of Arthouse Contemporary Ltd., an international auction house based in Lagos, Nigeria, that focuses on modern art from West Africa.
She has also established Arthouse Foundation to provoke discourse on contemporary art in Nigeria, through residencies for artists.
An avid art collector, Chellaram was inspired to open an auction platform in Nigeria to provide transparency in price and structure in the art market. Since 2008, Arthouse has held biannual auctions in Lagos, achieving record-sales for contemporary and Nigerian art.
Uwa Usen is a former President of the Society of Nigerian Artists. A sculptor, Usen lectures at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Ezekiel Udubrae is the Director of Udubrae Art Gallery, National Museum, Jos as well as the Chairman of The Society of Nigerian Artists, Jos.
He is presently the director general of Art in National Gallery of Arts Nigeria.
Kelechi Mbagwu is the MD/CEO of CMB Building Maintenance & Investment Co. Ltd.
Clifford Ezekwe Nwanna
Mwajim Maigim Maidugu
Mwajim Malgwi Maidugu was born in 1951 in Borno State and is a former Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture.
He attended Marama Primary School from where he proceeded to Borno Teachers’ College and obtained his Grade II Teachers’ Certificate in 1971.
Wesley Okachi was born in 1964 in Zaria, where he lives and works.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in fine and applied art. He’s presently a senior lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
LIST OF AWARDEES 2016
- Dr. Anthony Okonofua
- Dr. Victor Ecoma
- Dr. Ademola Azeez
- Dr. Ken Okoli
- Dele Alonge
- Fred Akpomuje
- Mike Omoighe
- Peter Kirin
- Prince Obiefuna Nelson Igboamazu
- Prof. Abel Mac Diakparomre
- Prof. John Ogene
- Prof. Clifford Ezekwe Nwanna
- Prof. Grace N. Ogwu
- Sir Chuka Nnabuife
- Abdullahi Sani
- Rosemary Egbuzie
- Aminu Chigari
- Dr. Garba Shehu
- Dr. Sule Musa
- Kavita Chellaram
- Prof. Ekanem Braide
- Alhaji Lai Mohammed
- Kelechi Mbagwu
LIST OF AWARDEES FOR 2014
- Dr. Kunle Adeyemi
- Sidney Akaphiare
- Uwa Usen
- Prof. Best Ochigbo
- John Onobrakpeya
- Sir Tony Otikpa
- Ezekiel Udubrae
- Simeon Atakheme
- Prof. Frank Ugiomoh
- Prof. Jacob Jari
- Prof. Kefas Danjuma
- Abdullahi Muku
- Mwajim Malgwi Maidugu
- Chief (Mrs) Aino Oni-Okpaku
- Chief Mrs Okundaye