As a lover of all things arts and culture, I had the pleasure to visit one of the most beautiful art galleries located in West Africa. This gallery is a hidden treasure located in city where it can be chaotic.
The Nike Centre For Art and Culture in Lagos Nigeria is breathtaking! Absolutely amazing! The center has four floors of unique art pieces to in include paintings, drawings, sculptures, figurines, picture frames, textiles, and fabrics many curated by the owner herself MAMA NIKE.
The owner and curator of the center is Chief (Mrs.) Nike Davies Okundaye popularly known and called “MAMA NIKE” by her many fans, guests, and visitors. She is a beautiful multi-talented, award-winning artist, teacher, and social entrepreneur. Her love for the arts has taken her all around the world, but she loves her home and country of Nigeria. She is often at the center and greets you with hugs and smiles and take pictures with everyone. Unfortunately for me, she was not there when I visited. However, her presence was felt in the art.
There was no cost to enter. However, there were simple house rules to follow such as not taking photos of the art without you being in front of it. I would suggest you wear comfortable shoes because it takes about 3 to 4 hours to be able to enjoy and take in all of the art. There is also a section where you can purchase items that they have for sale.
When we first arrived at the center, we were greeted with a band and dancers outside. I was overwhelmed with the hospitality. They made me feel really welcomed.
At the entrance, there are several art pieces that make you eager to know what’s inside.
Once we got inside there was no electricity, so initially, I thought I would not get to enjoy the place I heard so much about.
We still toured the center with no lights and by the time we made it to the second floor the electricity was restored and I was so happy.
Once the electricity was restored, I was even more amazed at all of the art. I was so amazed the colors of the artwork came alive.
My husband made me happy, as he made my dream come true.It was time well spent as we will have these memories forever.
If you ever visit the country, I highly recommend visiting this place. It is located:
No. 2, Elegushi Road,
Ikate Cross Road, Lekki Phase 1 Peninsula,
Image of Nike Davies Okundaye: Pinterest