Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has expressed the state government’s commitment to sustaining developmental strategy that would uphold the nation’s cultural values.
Governor Ugwuanyi stated this on Tuesday during the Second International Art Fair of the National Gallery of Art held in Enugu with the theme: “Eastern Convocation of Contemporary Expressions”.
Declaring the exhibition open, Enugu state governor, represented by his deputy Cecilia Ezeilo commended National Gallery of Art for choosing the state as a place of convergence for the exhibition of its art works.
Governor Ugwuanyi further urged Enugu citizenry to embrace arts and leverage on its ability to generate prosperity as evident in other advanced countries.
“As good people of eastern Nigeria, our hospitality is deeply rooted in our cultural existence and this is captured amply in the art and creativity of our people”.
“Nka Igbo is therefore a derivative of who we are and it also encompasses the philosophical concept of where we want to be. We must therefore situate of rich cultural heritage within such dimensions that the advantages will touch all and sundry”.
“We assure you that we shall always be ready to partner you in the cultural advancement of our people. We are not in doubt of the advantages of art and creativity and we should leverage on its ability to generate prosperity as evident in other advanced climes”.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Director-General, National Gallery of Art, Abdullahi Muku, said the convocation aims at promoting Nigerian contemporary arts and making its unique form stand out in the world.
The chairman board of directors, National Gallery of Art Umaru Suleiman represented by Virginia Okeybe, a board member of the agency, encouraged the young artists to harness the valuable essence from the convocation to promote cultural art in Nigeria.
Also, the chairman of the occasion, Chijioke Onuora, while reading a commentary on the national art gallery, emphasized on the word “nka’’ which means creativity and commended Enugu state for remaining most important city on the virtual art hall in the entire Eastern Nigeria.
Some of the artists, Ogbonnia Ukie and Francis Ejiofor who exhibited various art works at the art gallery, explained how the works were done and expressed their happiness for the platform created by the agency.
The event featured various cultural displays including traditional dance by the Akaraka dance group, traditional songs, section of the parliament by Miketery International School, Enugu among others.