\\Art Exhibition honors Nigerian artist Kolade Oshinowo

Argungu Series explores Nigeria’s most famous Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival- a festival listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in honour of iconic artist Kolade Oshinowo.

From February from the 17-26, Nigerian artist Oghagbon Eboigbodin Moses will hold an exhibition in Honour of the Legendary Kolade Oshinowo who turns 70 next month. The exhibition, Argungu Series 7 set to be held at Terra Kulture Victoria Island in the capital city of Lagos, is a continuation of the artist’s noble work of interring the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival on canvas. The exhibition will be a befitting honor to Kolade given the intensity and grandeur of Argungu Fashin Ruwa (fishing festival) which has become one of the most famous four day event in North East Nigeria and a major tourist attraction sight.

Oghagbon.E. Moses, Photo Courtesy

The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognized Argungu Festival as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016. Originally, the Argungu festival was exclusively a religious festival which precedes the 16th century. However, in 1934, the festival was used to mark the end of the century old hostilities between Kebbi Kingdom and Sokoto caliphate- two traditional kingdoms in North East Nigeria. Originally, according to Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Library, the Argungu Fishing Festival, had four major central fishing rites that were practiced by the people of Kabi; these rites were the Gyaran ruwa, Fashin Ruwa, Gyaran Gari and the Shan Kabewa and Fura. These four central rites majorly involved the purification of the river (Gyaran Ruwa), the Fishing competition (Fashin Ruwa), the purification of the town (Gyaran Gari) and the testing of pumpkin porridge (Shan Kabewa). However, the advent of Islam did away with the purification rituals living the Fashin Ruwa as the centre of attraction for the four day modern festival. It is this festival that the artist Oghagbon has interred on canvas in his quest to document the activities that go on before and after the four days of fun and fishing.

Kolade Oshinowo and Friends: Photo Courtesy

The previous Argungu series exhibitions have been the artist’s way of appreciating the rich cultures of north-eastern Nigeria. Though born in Lagos State Nigeria, Oghagbon did his National Youth Service Corps in 2004/2005 under the Ministry of Information and Culture in Kebbi State where he came in contact with the Argungu Fishing Festival. He has so far exhibited the Argungu series in Kano State, Kebbi state and Lagos State Nigeria.

As an artist, Oghagbon is an adventurous and a prolific painter and photographer on a self-tour of Nigeria with a focus on two major projects- Argungu Project documentation/representations and Self–Tour Nigeria Documentation. He is the founder of both projects and a member of Society of Nigerian Artists. (SNA)

Some of Oghagbon.E. Moses works, Photo Courtesy
Some of Oghagbon.E. Moses works, Photo Courtesy

The 2018 exhibition honours the Legendary Kolade Oshinowo whose birthday falls on February 6 this year, he is a son of Ibadan Oyo State, Oshinowo has been an Integral influence in Nigerian visual art industry, he has worked as a lecturer of Drawing and painting at the Kings College Lagos and Yaba College of Technology. Besides teaching his body of works has been exhibited in twenty solo exhibitions and around eighty group exhibitions. He has also received various awards among them the 1992 World Cultural Council Award of Diploma in recognition of his artistic contributions to humanity.  

|Afroway

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