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Sanwo-Olu, Kia CEO, Others Join Zaria Art Society in Celebration of Legacies (Photos)

By Eric Elezuo

The main showroom of Kia Motors, Lagos was a beehive of active laughter and happiness as notable members of the society turned out in their numbers to celebrate lasting legacies with the Zaria Art Society.

Among those present at the event which was themed Celebration of Legacies were the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chief Executive Officer of Kia Motors, Nigeria, Mr. Jacky Hathiramani; and the Founder, Arthouse Contemporary, Mrs Kavita Chellaram.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu admiring an art work
The Zaria Art Society was formed in 1958 by a group of undergraduate students in the Fine Art Department of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology (later renamed Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria).
The Society came into being as an ideological group that rejected the modes of teaching and producing art at the institution. They are sometimes referred to as the ‘Zaria Rebels’, and its impetus was hinged around the euphoria of pre- and post-Independence nationalism of the time, but also the need to create new art.
The idea that underpinned the formation of the Zaria Art Society was predicated on Uche Okeke’s enunciation of natural synthesis. As a concept, natural synthesis advocated the fusion of indigenous visual arts with useful Western ones. This was central to the Zaria Art Society’s ideology. These artists created works that reflected the diverse cultures of the Nigerian state.

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