Bruce [email protected] international conference holds in Agbarha Otor, Aug 4-6

‘This conference will throw light on Onobrakpeya’s career as a visual storyteller, educator and moulder of minds and innovator in the arts for over six decadesand to honour the lifework and milestones of the multi-faceted career of Onobrakpeya, and indeed his legacy as a pioneering modern Nigerian artist, spanning several years of creativity’ 

TODAY and tomorrow, the worlds of the arts and humanities gather in Agbarha Otor, Delta State to honour Africa’s most garlanded visual arts practitioner and teacher, Bruce Onobrakpeya who clocks the age of 90 on August 30.

The “Onobrakpeya Conference at 90” organised by the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation, is on the theme, “Celebrating Six Decades of Creative Genius” holds at the Onobrakpeya Art Center in Agbarha Otor in Delta State.

It is to “honour the lifework, milestones of the multi-faceted career of Onobrakpeya, and indeed his legacy as a pioneering modern Nigerian artist, spanning several years of creativity,” stated Mudiare Onabrakpeya, the frontman for the foundation. 

Supported by the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation, the Michael and Cecilia Ibru University and the Urhobo Historical Society, the conference is expected to attract leading international scholars from Nigeria and abroad.

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“This conference will throw light on Onobrakpeya’s career as a visual storyteller, educator and moulder of minds and innovator in the arts for over six decades. 

“The Keynote paper will be presented by Prof dele jegede. Other speakers expected for the conference include Prof Perkins Wilson Foss from the USA, who is an expert in the art of the Niger Delta. Also expected at the Conference are Professors Tanure Ojaide, and Kunle Filani, who have followed Onobrakpeya’s prodigious career closely.

“For nearly six decades, Onobrakpeya’s writing, poetry  and especially his art has been an integral part of the making of the visual art map of the people of the Niger Delta and Nigeria.

“Prof. Onobrakpeya was awarded The Living Human Treasure Award by the United Nations Economic Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO) in 2006, he is also a recipient of the 2014   Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art’s 50th anniversary celebration. In 2017 he was conferred by the President of Nigeria : The National Order of Merit (NNOM) – the Apex and most important award for scholastic excellence in Nigeria.

“In 2022, he exhibited A Retrospective of his works  at the San Diego State University at SDSU  Parma Payne Goodall Alumnai Centre, in San Diego, U. S.A.

According to John Picton “Bruce Onobrakpeya, born in  1932 and still active, is among the most successful artists to have emerged in West Africa during the twentieth century, with a continuing and commanding influence on the generations of artists in Nigeria who have come to maturity in the postcolonial period.”

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