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About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:01am On Jan 18
Just before 2018 wrapped up for me, I decided to check the Nike Art Gallery box off my bucket list of 'places to visit in Lagos'. I spoke to few of my friends I thought might be interested in coming and two gave me their words, which was enough for me. We decided on a convenient date and time for the trip smiley.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:02am On Jan 18
So on Saturday 15th December 2018, we set out from our various locations on the mainland to meet at the CMS bus stop. When the three of us had gotten there, we boarded a bus to Lekki and about 18 minutes later, we reached our drop off point where the gallery is located (Ikate 3rd roundabout, lekki-epe expressway). Looking towards the right on the other side of the express was the Nike art gallery road where the building stood out, a white storey building which looks like a typical Santorini, Greece architecture. We walked down to the gallery which took less than 3 minutes.

<Screenshot of the gallery on Google maps>

lalasticlala

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:03am On Jan 18
Right from the exterior of the building, we were greeted with several sculptures which extended further inside and around the gallery's premises.


<Right outside the gallery's building>


<Entrance of the building>

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:05am On Jan 18
On getting inside main gallery, we were stunned by the glory of numerous art displayed there.
Right from the ground floor up to the last fourth floor of the building (which is visible from the design of the gallery) was art and the sight was overwhelming ❤️.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:07am On Jan 18
The lady at the reception welcomed us and gave us a very short information about the gallery and rules to keep while inside, which includes:

-Entry is free

-Gallery is open everyday of the week (7/7) from 10am-6pm

-The gallery boasts of 8000+ art works, making it the biggest in West Africa.

-No professional camera

-Every piece of artwork displayed is for sale

-Taking pictures of the art displays isn't permitted unless one is in the picture.

-Feel free and have fun wink

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:08am On Jan 18
Confused on which floor or where to begin with, we initially went different ways, walking around to view displays that appealed to our eyes. We rejoined after our individual sojourns to take pictures and view the rest of the gallery together.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:11am On Jan 18
There was breathtaking art everywhere, literally everywhere !

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:13am On Jan 18
The collection is so massive (8000+) that they can't all be displayed in the massive four storey building of the gallery. This makes some art works stacked and stored away in some rooms.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:14am On Jan 18
The display boasts of various forms of paintings such as water color, pencil and ink on paper, acrylic painting, etc.



I also spotted a couple display of realism, constructivism Impressionism, surrealism and a host of other forms of art I couldn't accurately identify. And it's a proud thing to say they're all 100% original works by Nigerian artists.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:18am On Jan 18
To reiterate how rich the gallery is in terms of collections, various works on display are regularly replaced by the ones stored/new ones to give visitors a different experience of the sanctuary everytime they visit.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:18am On Jan 18
Nike Art gallery is owned by the incredibly talented chief Mrs Nike Davies Okundaye, a 68 year old renowned artist and fashion designer who has dedicated her life to telling the African story through her works. I remember reading about how Mrs Okundaye didn't receive much formal art education growing up after she dropped out of school due to lack of funds to support her education. She still defied all odds to carve a niche for herself and today she is globally recognised for her efforts. She has been featured on several documentaries on CNN, CNBC, Al-Jazeera, etc and even lectured in the prestigious Harvard University.



<Chief Mrs Nike>

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:20am On Jan 18
We had the rare privilege to take a picture with Mrs Nike after bumping into her while we were lost in her world of exhibitionism.
Mama is known for her unique head gears and assorted African wears she's always donning. We were a bit bummed she wasn't on her 'gele' today sad but meeting this legend was enough for us today.

Onyedika007 grin

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:21am On Jan 18
Going through the gallery and admiring the incredible displays, I thought these works won't go for cheap so I went on www.nikeart.com to confirm my guess.

You now have the link, check it yaself grin grin.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:22am On Jan 18
Since we couldn't afford them, we decided to at least have fun and take pishures cool.



We weren't able to take enough pictures because almost every art we saw held our gaze, speaking the rich African lifestyle and culture to our minds.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:24am On Jan 18
The gallery pays alot of homage to Lagos through various visuals depicting the typical daily life of Lagosians.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:27am On Jan 18
We were so fascinated by the place that we didn't realise we've been inside the gallery for almost four hours (lol). And it was time to go.



Reluctantly, we had to leave the haven with a mutually agreed plan of a revisit cheesy.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:32am On Jan 18
Before we left the premises, we couldn't resist taking a few more shots outside the gallery where the café is situated with a couple of interesting displays.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:35am On Jan 18
We departed and took a returning bus back to CMS and from there, boarded different buses back to our various destinations.

Visiting the Nike Art Gallery promises an unforgettable experience for any art lover. Personally, the visit made me appreciate art more and feel proud of being African.
There are a couple of other galleries on the island and I intend to visit some of them too.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 9:37am On Jan 18
I hope to kick start this 2019, checking off more places off my bucket list beginning with a full day's trip to the Lekki Conservation Center in a few weeks smiley.

You can read about previous trips my group made to Freedom park and JJT Park here:



https://www.nairaland.com/4881596/visit-jjt-park-lagos-state


https://www.nairaland.com/4868531/corpers-trip-freedom-park-lagos


Another one to Lekki conservation centre here:
https://www.nairaland.com/5089452/trip-lekki-conservation-center-lekki#77186966


Cc: Explorers , lalasticlala , Dominique , Mynd44 ,DisGuy , justwise , erad , prof800

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by masterpiecer(m): 2:09pm On Jan 18
This is breathtaking (for me).
African art is rich and captivating.
I will surely pay a visit this year by God's grace

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by monimekaz(m): 3:56pm On Jan 18
God bless the legendary woman

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by frankfab(m): 5:42pm On Jan 18
That's interesting. I love tourism

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by nonye6194: 11:44am On Jan 19
nonye6194:
Just before 2018 wrapped up for me, I decided to check the Nike Art Gallery box off my bucket list of 'places to visit in Lagos'. I spoke to few of my friends I thought might be interested in coming and two gave me their words, which was enough for me. We decided on a convenient date and time for the trip smiley.


Lalasticlala


Lalasticlala see front page material. There's no snake here grin but educational

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by itiswellandwell: 4:37pm On Jan 19
It's such a nice place

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by seunmohmoh(f): 4:38pm On Jan 19
I will visit there soon.

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by officialJP(m): 4:38pm On Jan 19
I see pre wedding photos, nice couple grin grin

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by Nobody: 4:39pm On Jan 19
It's neat

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by Aplaudez(m): 4:40pm On Jan 19
God bless your handwork! please who can help with age rough sketch of a photo studio, am in OYO state! I'll send you any amount you want!
Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by noble71(m): 4:40pm On Jan 19
Wow! This lovely!

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Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by Ibcrown(m): 4:41pm On Jan 19
THe babe go well sha! Money man is here
Re: About Our Visit To Nike Art Gallery, Lekki by Nobody: 4:43pm On Jan 19
It deserves more visitors.

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