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Eko Art Expo Ambode, Lai Mohammed, others attend Rasheed Gbadamosi exhibition opening ceremony

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode officially declared open the first edition of the Rasheed Gbadamosi Art Expo on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Eko Hotel and Suites

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Rasheed Gbadamosi Eko Arts Expo play Governor Akinwunmi Ambode officially opening the first edition of the Rasheed Gbadamosi Eko Arts Expo

As part of the Lagos State Government’s vision and support for the arts, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode officially opened the first edition of the Rasheed Gbadamosi Art Expo.

The exhibition was launched  on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.

The event saw the Governor of Lagos state; Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Lai Mohammed; Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Olusegun Osoba; Former Governor of Ogun State, Yemi Shyllon. Also spotted at the event include Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva, Bukky Wright among others.

Guests at the event were entertained by Qudus Onikeku’s Dance Group, Titilope Sonuga; among others.

The 3-day art exhibition is part of activities put together to celebrate Lagos @ 50, It continues today and will end on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The event will showcase the creativity of young and emerging artists and also honour the late Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, who was a playwright and one of the notable art collectors in the country who also served as the co-chairman of the Lagos @ 50 Planning Committee before his death in November 2016.

About 400 artworks and photographs would be on display at the exhibition, which will include artworks from 25 art galleries in Lagos. The exhibition would be curated by Mrs. Sinmidele Adesanya, owner of MyDrim Gallery. While the Director of African Artists Foundation, Mr. Azu Nwagbogu, will curate the photographic component of the expo.

The exhibition would be curated along three segments: the photographic part, which is a recreation of the works of several Nigerian artists that were exhibited at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium (Bozar) where Governor Ambode was a special guest in 2016. One hundred photographic artworks from that Bozar exhibition showing different aspects of Lagos under the theme “Dey Your Lane” will be on display at the Eko Art Expo in Lagos.

It will also feature two other segments where paintings, sculptures and installations by students selected from various higher institutions in Lagos State; galleries, well known masters as well as less familiar emerging artists will be on display for three days. The art exhibition is open to all artists and art lovers.

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