August 16, 2022

Reporters’ Diary

Factual Reportage

Why many Nigerian artists are not successful- Don

A Professor of Art History, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Clifford Nwanna, said that the reason why many Nigerian artists were not successful was because they do not see art as a property.

Nwanna said at an interactive session for artists organized by a Public Relations Consultant, Mr Ifeanyi Mbanefo in collaboration with the National Museum of Unity (NMU), Enugu.

According to him, upcoming artists must see art as a business, being able to give account of their business by separating income from expenses.

Nwanna urged them to take their work seriously, pay adequate attention to it and organise it the way it would attract people.

The professor advised and encouraged them to be honest and be different in their art works.

“Many of them want to become billionaire overnight, without patience and endurance.

“Employ others to help you and do not think artwork should be done in your bedroom,” he advised.

Speaking at the event, the Curator NMU, Enugu, Mr John Kachikwu, said the idea behind the meeting was to proffer solutions on how to revive art science in Nigeria.

The curator said that meeting would also bring out the importance of arts in all ramifications to lives of people.

Kachikwu described art as ‘an expression of both the tradition and aspiration of the people, their experiences and what they considered desirable.’

He noted that Nigeria was endowed with many talented artists, who excelled in their different areas of work.

“We have in our midst, Dr Chris Ikwuemesie, an internationally acclaimed artist, who carved a niche for himself.

“Today we are x-raying and exposing the article of a young journalist and Public Relations Consultant, Mr Ifeanyi Mbanefo, who has authored many articles in both print and electronics,” he said.

He added that the museum was equipped to patronise, project and expose artists to a wider audience through exhibition of their works.

“We have facilities to fulfil this obligation which include; gallery for temporary and permanent exhibitions and an amphitheatre, which can host seminars, workshops, conferences and wedding receptions,” he said.

Kachikwu lamented that the national museum had been in Enugu since 1971, yet it was not making impact on populace.

“People know only New Berries Park, which is a tenant to the museum,” he said.

According to him, it is in the light of these challenges faced by the museum and arts in Enugu that we are finding ways to make more interesting and publicise it for people of Enugu.

In his remarks, Mbanefo said the training became as crucial as the Nigeria oil was dwindling and the need to embrace and develop art and culture became paramount.

He said that challenges facing artwork in the state was because many citizens did not appreciate art works.

The consultant stated that the challenges were surmountable if stakeholders could pay adequate attention to art.

“We want museum activities that will attract people like New Berries Park.

“I want to urge our brothers in Igboland to begin to invest in art, if we ignore it, the museums and art works in the zone will continue to deteriorate.

“We can solve these problems if we can sit down and strategise on how these things are going to work.

Mbanefo reiterated his commitment to continue to encourage and support Enugu Museum.

He advocated for individual, family and school membership cards in the museum.